Austin Mickschl is a LaCrescent native. He studied History in college and wants to be an Educator. He attends Viterbo for Elementary and Secondary Education. He has been long time friends with our daughter Missy. He likes to work outside and wanted to give orchard work a try for the summer!
Ludovic Ingrand is from Rochefort, France. He went to the University of Poitiers with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Before coming to Hoch Orchard and Gardens, Ludo worked in water treatment, landscaping, market gardening, CSA’s and farmer’s markets. Ludo came to the United States because he wanted to take some time for himself, travel, and meet new people before starting his own farm. He also wanted to gain inspiration for different ways to establish his future meadow-orchard. His favorite parts of the Orchard are the pigs. Ludo’s spirit animal is the Crane and rightfully so as he has participated in skydiving 13 times!
Igor Lourenco is from Florianopolis, Brazil. He went to the University of the South of Brazil- Unisul and received a degree in Natural Therapy. Previously, Igor has worked as a yoga instructor, Ayurvedic Therapist, and took a course specializing in Biodynamic farming. He decided to come to Hoch Orchard because he wanted to experience life on an organic farm along with learning the differences in farming techniques between other cultures. He specifically wanted to know more about subtropical fruits. Igor’s spirit animal is a Falcon although he would prefer if he could choose a spirit tree because they’re stronger.
Silvana Cedeno is a returning intern from the Coast of Ecuador. She attended Uleam Manta in 2011 and graduated with a degree in Agro-industrial Engineering. Silvana was an intern in the summer/fall of 2011 and returned to Ecuador to work in a village for one year working with Organic Community Gardens. She also managed her family’s restaurant and now she’s back on the Orchard before she pursues her master’s degree in food science! She wanted to come back to Hoch Orchard because of the nature of integration from planting, to production, to marketing. She also wanted to improve her English and the free wine and cider also doesn’t hurt. Her favorite part of the Orchard is that everyone is free to be themselves. Silvana’s spirit animal is the monkey. Ironically her nickname is Mona which means monkey in Spanish.
Courtney Kirker is originally from Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. Courtney went to school at Washington and Jefferson College and received a degree in political science. She worked in a hostal in Indianapolis and cooperated at Obama campaign in 2012. She also had worked at Whole Food Market, grocery store. She decided to come Hoch Orchard because her interest in sustainable agriculture and food security she also want to join the organic food revolution and complement political activism with sustainable agriculture . She likes the self-sufficient aspect about the farm and the beautiful landscape.Owl is her animal spirit.