Our Apprenticeship Program is an immersive experience for growing farmers, with the opportunity to explore a range of agricultural disciplines. We are excited to welcome the 2019 class of Apprentices to the farm!
Learn more about the Stone Barns Apprenticeship Program.
Class of 2019 Stone Barns Apprentices
My name is Peyton Cypress and I was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, IL. Since a young age, I enjoyed playing sports and reading books and that helped me get to college where I played baseball and studied biology for the first two years. After my sophomore year, a number of circumstances led me in search of a new path to take, one that would be mentally and physically challenging and deeply rewarding. I have always been a lifelong learner, enjoyed eating great food, and been interested a healthy, active lifestyle, so farming was a profession that meshed perfectly with my interests and personality. I eventually enrolled in the Organic Farm School in Western Washington and spent a full season learning diversified vegetable and animal production from both a classroom and field setting. That program gave me a very solid foundation to start building my agrarian career. After the Organic Farm School, I was fortunate enough to get a position at Ferme des Quatre-Temps in Quebec, where my knowledge about diversified animal and intensive vegetable production grew exponentially.
I am excited for the upcoming season at Stone Barns and to continue to promote a better food system!
Always looking for new dishes to cook, cuisines to try, or sweets to bake! When I’m not in the kitchen, I like spending my time outdoors wandering around trails, running, practicing yoga, or reading. I spent this past season on a farm growing for chefs in Asheville, NC, and was enamored with the mountains, people, and sense of place I felt there. Looking forward, I’m super excited to be around other folks who are passionate about growing food, and looking forward to learning with and from y’all!
I most recently completed a one-year entrepreneurial program in urban farming, growing in a hydroponic system at Square Roots, in Brooklyn, NY. After the program ended, I joined as Assistant Farm Manager working primarily with the subsequent cohort of individuals doing the one-year program. Prior to living in Brooklyn, I was in Boston for several years, where I worked in consulting and for a tech startup.
I grew up in a small town of mostly apple orchards in Central Massachusetts. Over the years there I volunteered on a farm during summers, worked with a non-profit connecting youth and the elderly to nature through educational programming, and started a landscaping business. In college I studied Economics and English. I love novels, the seasons, cooking, poetry, outdoor activities, music of many kinds, and more.
I grew up in Rochester, NY, around beautiful landscapes and deep winters. After graduating with a mathematics degree, I came across farming as a way to gain different experiences. Since my first months working at a farm in New England, I became attracted to the world of farming and the hard work and its rewards. After spending a year at Four Season Farm in Maine, I am eager to take my passion forward. In my free time I enjoy time outdoors, yoga, and learning how to cook.
Sarah Lemon likes to think that there’s a reason for everything. How else could you make sense of the circuitous journey that led from her birthplace in Canada through every corner of the US, including Alaska, to Stone Barns! Originally trained as a geophysicist, Sarah reconnected with her love of agriculture while dropping off a load of pumpkins to a family farm in central NY state. She has since worked on an organic vegetable farm in Georgia and at the Heifer International Ranch outside Little Rock, AR. Sarah is very excited to continue her journey at Stone Barns and to meet all of the other apprentices!
Daniel Cleveland grew up in a suburb outside Memphis, Tennessee and spent over four years as a mechanical design engineer in the oil and gas services industry before leaving his career behind to devote himself to regenerative agriculture and empowering the marginalized people of the land. He has since trained and worked in Texas, Sweden, the Philippines, Nepal, India, and Colorado. This last year, he apprenticed at the Brett Gray Ranch through the Quivira Coalition’s New Agrarian Program, working with a small team to look after 500 cow-calf pairs and 2,000+ head of yearlings over 50,000 acres of eastern Colorado prairie.
I grew up in Northern Virginia with three siblings and lots of pets. In college I studied biology and I have worked professionally in the animal field for over a decade. Most recently I worked as a historical livestock husbander, taking care of rare, heritage breeds of sheep, cattle and chickens. I really like working with small ruminants, learning about regenerative agriculture, and experimenting with sheep breeding selection. For the last several years my husband Joel and I have been living in Williamsburg, VA but we hope to return to his family farm in upstate South Carolina in the near future. Besides animals, nature, and agriculture, I also enjoy food, fiber arts, gardens, dinner parties, museums, travel and absurdist humor
My name is Alexandra Depisch and I am from Neudörfl, a village about one hour away from Vienna, Austria. My parents run a small organic vegetable farm and my passion for horticulture has its origin there. My fascination for gardening led me to the decision to attend the College for Horticulture and Landscape Design in Schönbrunn, Vienna. After these five enriching years I studied my Bachelors degree in Agricultural Sciences and finished my Masters degree in Food Product Development and Resource Management. The past three years I worked enthusiastically as an advisor for organic vegetable production at BIO AUSTRIA the association for organic farmers in Austria. And at the moment I am really looking forward to the incredible chance to work at Stone Barns Center and to experience the innovative approach to agriculture there. I am glad to meet you soon!