Tess is Senior Crops Coordinator at Stone Barns Center and has had her hands in the dirt since she was a child. She grew up in northern New Jersey near an arboretum, which cultivated her love of being outdoors and caring for the environment.
After graduating from Loyola University Maryland with degrees in English and Writing, Tess managed the garden at a food pantry and grew an abundance of fresh produce for those in the community. Always eager to learn and grow her farming knowledge, Tess took a leap and moved to the Champlain Valley of Vermont to work on a rice farm, where she learned the traditional Japanese method of Aigamo farming. While in Vermont, Tess also worked at an organic vegetable farm, where she managed greenhouse propagation and spent her winter trekking through the woods tapping maple trees.
Tess is passionate about bees, fermentation, and multispecies farming systems. She is always looking for ways to connect farmers and consumers and is excited to foster a resilient food culture at Stone Barns.
On the side: Tess can be found reading, exploring new breweries, and looking for the best ice cream around.