Turtle Tree Morning Crew, 9/24/18 Turtle Tree Afternoon Crew, 9/24/18
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! Lissie has worked at Turtle Tree for many years, and is one of our finest seed sorters. Lissie has a deep commitment to making sure that the seed that we send out is very clean and beautiful. She is with us in the mornings. Robbie works in the garden, is an excellent weeder, and does seed cleaning in the winter. Robbie has been with Turtle Tree since 2013. Peter started working at Turtle Tree after many years as a biodynamic vegetable gardener. He is one of our most meticulous seed cleaners. Anne works at Turtle Tree several days a week, she cleans seed and makes sure that tea break is prepared, as well as taking responsibility to see that the tea towels and hand towels are washed regularly. Anne has worked at Turtle Tree for many years, and is the eldest member of our team. Elizabeth works at Turtle Tree in the mornings. She began working with us many years ago just in the winters when the vegetable garden finished for the season, but now has become a year-round seed saver. Andrea is a morning seed shop worker who enjoys seed cleaning as well as tending the gardens. Linda has worked at Turtle Tree since 1997, first as a seed gardener, and now as a seed cleaner in the afternoons. Mishka works at Turtle Tree in the afternoons. She enjoys seed cleaning, making potting mix for our seedlings, and assisting with threshing. Mishka joined us five years ago. Dominic joined the Turtle Tree crew in 2016. He is faithful at watering the greenhouse, and he’s a great help with heavy lifting in the garden. Rukin works at Turtle Tree in the afternoons in the gardens spring, summer and fall, then cleaning seed in the winter. He brings a warmth to the seed shop that we all appreciate. Rukin joined us in 2011. Jennifer began at Turtle Tree in 2018. She enjoys the quiet of indoor seed work and also helping with special projects. She works with us in the afternoons. Sherry works part time at Turtle Tree, mainly in the gardens, where she particularly enjoys weeding. She is an enthusiastic runner of errands and is a great help in keeping the workshop tidy. Sherry has been with Turtle Tree since 2011. 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. Joseph joined the Turtle Tree crew in 2017. He has revolutionized our germination testing process and also has taken on our annual inventory. Joseph’s precision is a real asset to our seed work. Noemi joined us in 2018 and brings 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. Matthias, a trained actor and singer, joined us in 2019. We appreciate his many talents and hard work! Alex joined us in 2019 and enjoys the social aspect of our work. Asha joined us in 2019 and quietly cleans seed while enjoying the peacefulness. Chris, a long-time baker, has joined us in Turtle Tree as his interests have changed. He helps cleaning seed and in the greenhouses Joseph joined us in 2020, enjoys football (soccer) and helps with seed cleaning and in the gardens. Lucien, although a passionate woodworker, has joined our team and we greatly appreciate his accuracy and attention to detail in seed packet filling, seed cleaning, and in the garden. Lindsey work with us in the afternoon cleaning seeds and enjoying the company of her fellow crew members 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. Ilhwa joined us in 2019. She says ” I’m here to color myself with a bit more diverse people and nature. Turtle Tree Seed is giving me a rainbow of colorful memories and experience as colorful as the garden!” Wanchai joined us in 2019 and is our Biodynamics and Social Agriculture Apprentice, and joins us to learn about growing seeds biodynamically, as well as integrating people of many abilities into agriculture. 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!