Meet the Team

2017 Managers

Emily Kamen ’17

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Emily Kamen, a New Jersey native from South Orange, is a senior in the Art History department. Her favorite veggies are radishes and broccoli. Along with being a garden manager, Emily is a kick-ass yoga teacher. Look out for free yoga classes in the garden!


Hannah Kraus ’17

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Hannah Kraus, from Middlebury, Vermont, is a senior in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Hannah’s favorite vegetable is the tomato (even though the tomato is technically a fruit). When she was in high school, Hannah helped start a community garden to feed a local soup kitchen, and has helped run the garden here since her freshman year.

Nick Nelsonwood ’18

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Nick Nelsonwood, a junior 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.


Emmy Bender ’19

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Emmy Bender hails from Blacksburg, Virginia, where she enjoys gardening with her grandmother. Emmy is a sophomore who intends to major 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 sophomore from Williamstown, in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. Will plans to major in Philosophy, 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 plans on 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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Freshman 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.

2017 Spring Apprentices

Benjy Getraer ’19


Benjy Getraer is a sophomore from Highland Park, New Jersey, who loves mushrooms, tomatoes, and almost any herb. He is a Geoscience major and recommends spinning the globe and petting the Allosaurus in Guyot if you ever drop by to visit. He brings his love of the outdoors and hand tools to the garden. One time, he grew a beautiful leafy plant from an Avocado pit, and his dog ate it.

Emily McClean’20


Emily McLean hails from the suburban jungle of Long Island, New York. She’s a prospective history major and her favorite veggie is brussels sprouts, especially when they’re roasted. Emily loves trail running, and her favorite pastime is exploring new trails around Princeton. She plans to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail sometime in the near future.

Jenny 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.

Lauri 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.

2017 Summer Interns

Open to applications: apply now!


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

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