Here is our full-time crew:
photo credit: L. Butler
Pictured left to right: Hailey Stiers, Shaun Periso, and Mandy Caldcleugh.
These folks are amazing. Each would be a star in their own right, and together they make the perfect team – diligent, tenacious, inquisitive, and really, just a lot of fun to work with. Most of all, perhaps, is that they really work hard.
They were kind enough to offer these brief bios:
Hi! My name is Hailey and I was born and raised in Fresno, CA. I attended UCSC and graduated with a B.A. in psychology in March 2011. After graduating, I moved to Hawaii where I worked and lived on a lettuce and coffee farm for 4 months. I began working at Lindencroft in August and immediately fell in love with the farm. I have seen it transition through summer, fall, and winter and am excited to see spring soon. Working at Lindencroft is helping to prepare me to have my own farm someday.
I’m also an avid distance runner and love to go trail running around the San Lorenzo Valley. Sometimes I even run along Highway 9 just for thrills. I’m also practicing to be a stand-up comedian. I think Linda appreciates this the most 🙂
Hi. I’m Shaun. I was born and raised in Santa Barbara, CA. where I grew up surfing and fishing the central coast. In Santa Barbara I worked as a climber with my dad, who has a small tree care company.
Since moving to Santa Cruz, I’ve been working up at Lindencroft. I love spending my time growing plants and being in the ocean.
Hi! My name is Mandy and I have been working at this beautiful farm for three months now. My husband, JP, and I moved to California two and a half years ago, from our home state of Louisiana. I graduated from LSU with a B.S. in Dental Hygiene in 2007. Very soon afterwards JP and I moved to Australia for two years where he obtained a Masters in Oenology. We then went on to New Zealand where we both worked for Spy Valley Winery, I in the vineyard and JP in the winery. Watching the sunrise every morning at work and being outside with nature made me feel truely alive. From then on I knew I wouldn’t be spending my days in a dental office. It wasn’t until we moved to California that I really fell in love with food and realized I needed to be an organic farmer. Shortly afterwards I found Freewheelin’ Farm, where I worked as their apprentice for eight months last season. My interest was sparked and as soon as the season ended I took classes and obtained a Certification in Permiculture Design. I am facinated with growing food, continuosly reading and taking classes and courses whenever possible. I am so happy that life has led me in this direction and planted me at Lindencroft.