At Turtle Tree we have a diverse team made up of people with many different abilities, some of whom have made seed work their long term vocation. This team includes volunteers who come for a year or two from all over the world, long term volunteers, residents of Camphill Village, and employees.
Current Crew Danny has worked at Turtle Tree since it arrived in Camphill Village in 1998. He works in the gardens and cleaning seed. We value his patience and experience! Peter started working at Turtle Tree after many years as a biodynamic vegetable gardener. He is one of our most meticulous seed cleaners. Andrea is a morning seed shop worker who enjoys seed cleaning as well as tending the gardens. Ian is the co-general manager at Turtle Tree, and works with seed cleaning, testing, packing and overall organization. He has a background as a long-time biodynamic farmer and gardener, and has been at Turtle Tree since 2001. Lia is the co-general manager and garden manager at Turtle Tree. She has been with Turtle Tree since 2009. Matthias, a trained actor and singer, joined us in 2019. Matthias not only enjoys working outside in the gardens and greenhouse but also has taken up the role of office manager and answers the phone, ships packages and updates the website alongside some other admin jobs too. He is also a student in the Biodynamic training offered here in the Camphill academy. We appreciate his many talents and hard work! Asha joined us in 2019 and quietly cleans seed while enjoying the peacefulness. Joseph joined us in 2020, enjoys football (soccer) and helps with seed cleaning and in the gardens. Bill joined us in 2019 and enjoys all aspects of seed work, both indoors and out, including gardening, seed cleaning and order fulfillment Finot started at Turtle Tree in 2018 when she moved to Camphill Village. She always comes to work with a cheerful spirit, and keeps the whole crew on track with her strong work ethic and enthusiasm. Finot works both in the gardens and helping to clean seed. Past Crew Members Caly was a short-term co-worker who dabbled in the gardens and could more often be found in the Turtle Tree office filling orders, answering e-mails, and assisting with special projects as they came up. Madelon answered phones, took orders, cleaned seed, assisted with seed testing and helped organize the seed cleaning crew. She worked off and on at Turtle Tree for more than 10 years, and in 2011 began working with us full time. She retired in 2018. Lisa headed the seed gardens and assisted with seed cleaning. She oversaw the garden crew and the first stages of seed cleaning. She worked at Turtle Tree from 2015 through 2017. A consummate biodynamic gardener, Dries helped us with germination testing to ensure high quality seeds. Oliver worked at Turtle Tree in the afternoons, mostly in the gardens, but also worked on seed cleaning in the winter. Oliver left in 2018, and we wish him well in the bakery! Lissie worked at Turtle Tree for many years, and was one of our finest seed sorters. Lissie had a deep commitment to making sure that the seed that we send out is very clean and beautiful. She was with us in the mornings Robbie was with us for many years and not only was an excellent weeder and seed cleaner but his warmth and kindness lit up the seed shop and created a mood of reverence and patience that was a true blessing. Noemi joined us in 2018 and brought her energy and enthusiasm to the garden as well as managing our seed donations, helping with seed cleaning and order fulfillment. She is an energetic team leader. Jennifer began at Turtle Tree in 2018. She enjoyed the quiet of indoor seed work and also helped with special projects. She worked with us in the afternoons. Joseph joined the Turtle Tree crew in 2017. He revolutionized our germination testing process and also took on our annual inventory. Joseph’s precision is a real asset to our seed work. Chris, a long-time baker, joined us in Turtle Tree as his interests had changed. He helped cleaning seed and in the greenhouses