Breanna Krumpe, Packing Shed Crew
One of our newest crew members this year is Breanna Krumpe, a Sequim native and graduate of Sequim High School. We were delighted to find out that Breanna attended Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, graduating in 2013 with a degree in music. She is a soprano who trained in opera and lieder, and she also plays viola and piano. We always appreciate having musicians on our staff because it makes our social gatherings and staff parties so much the merrier!
After graduation, Bre, as she is known to her friends, lived in Portland for a couple of years. “I enjoyed the city,” she recalls, “but I found that I missed home too much. I would come back to Sequim and just be so happy to be home.” She moved back here this summer and started work at Nash’s on August 1.
Portland did do one thing for her, however. She became aware of the “farm-to-table” movement that is so prevalent there, and came away with a desire to be self-sufficient on her own piece of land. Instead of trying to acquire that land, Bre did a smart thing and decided to work on a farm for awhile, to see if she could handle the work load, and to gain an understanding of how things grow. “I work with amazing people who have lots of knowledge about growing food. They are also very generous with that knowledge.”
Bre works on the packing shed crew, which means that she does a little of everything, including harvesting, weeding, bagging, and packing. Her fellow crew members hope she will eventually sing for them while they work!
Andrea LaPlante is one of our newest staff members, having started just this summer. She was born in western Massachusetts and has worked on farms since she was 13. Even as a small kid, around age 7 or 8, she knew she loved animals and traded work in neighboring stables for horseback riding lessons, or volunteered at animal shelters.
Her early farm experience was working on a tobacco farm, harvesting and hanging the big tobacco leaves to dry. “Sometimes I was the only girl on the entire farm,” Andrea laughs. “It made me tough and got me started.”
She went from there to a plant nursery, two vegetable farms, and finally a dairy in Maine. Then she was accepted at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. “It was a very small agricultural college,” says Andrea. “They had a 300-acre farm and garden and they specialized in animal husbandry.”
Warren Wilson focused on sheep and cattle, but at Nash’s, she’s working with pigs and chickens. “I’m fine with that,” she exclaims. “I love them all!”
After she graduated in 2015, Andrea worked as an intern at a goat dairy and learned how to make cheese. She got experience in record keeping and tracking the history of each animal that she hopes to apply to the pig herd at Nash’s.
Andrea came to Nash’s Farm via the internet. She posted her résumé on an agricultural site and Nash found it there.
“I was very excited to read about Andrea’s work and goals,” Nash recalls. “She has the enthusiasm and know-how to raise the quality of our livestock operation.”