Meet the Team

2018 Managers

Emmy Bender ’19

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Emmy Bender hails from Blacksburg, Virginia, where she enjoys gardening with her grandmother. Emmy is a junior majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, combining her ecological studies with anthropological research. Emmy’s favorite vegetable is asparagus.

Will Nolan ’19

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Will Nolan is a senior from Williamstown, in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. Will is a Philosophy major, and his favorite vegetable is celery. Will has always been in touch with plants and animals, helping raise chickens since the age of five.

Sage Palmedo ’19

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Sage Palmedo joins us from the rainy town of Portland, Oregon. She is majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with a certificate in Neuroscience. Sage’s favorite vegetable is the zucchini, and she is also a world champion fencer.

Anna Marsh ’20

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Anna Marsh is locally grown, from Princeton, New Jersey. Anna intends to major in Architecture, and her favorite vegetable is the tomato. On her gap year, Anna worked with an urban gardening organization in Salvador, Brazil for nine months.

Laurie Zielinski ’20


Laurie Zielinski comes from Chicopee, Massachusetts, but spent most of her teenage years on her high school’s farm in Windsor, Connecticut. At the moment, she plans to major in Geosciences. Laurie’s favorite vegetable is the cucumber; her other passions include wearing hats and eating maple syrup.

Nick Nelsonwood ’19

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Nick Nelsonwood, a senior from Freeport, Maine, is a real handyman. He’s majoring in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and his favorite vegetable is the carrot – especially fresh out of the ground with dirt still on it! An interesting fact about Nick is that he was born at home.

Jennie Yang ’20


Jennie Yang is from Troy, Michigan–but dislikes cold winters–and plans to major in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Her favorite vegetable is arugula because it’s fun to say out loud multiple times! Before coming to Princeton, Jennie gardened at her high school and local nursing home.

2017 Fall Apprentices

Kristen Albrecht ’18 


Kristen Albrecht is from the small rural town of Crawfordsville, Indiana. She is a Molecular Biology major with a certificate in Global Health & Policy (but is not pre-med). Broccoli is one of the many vegetables she loves. Kristen is a coxswain on the women’s open rowing team, and she loves to run.

Favour Oribhador ’20


Favour Oribhabor is a Civil and Environmental Engineering major from Liberty, Missouri. She loves mushrooms, TV, and the band Muse.

Want to become a garden apprentice? Apply now!

More staff info can be found on the Office of Sustainability at Princeton !


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