Tyler Zander

Tyler Zander

Vegetable Production Manager

Tyler studied history at Washington University in St. Louis, MO before spending several years in the desert Southwest working for the U.S. Forest Service fighting wildfires.  In 2013 he got hooked on growing vegetables in Arizona and has been pursuing that passion ever since, having relocated to Virginia in 2018.  He’s been working at The Farm at Sunnyside since 2019.

Alfredo Yanez

Alfredo Yanez

Orchard Manager

Alfredo is responsible for our orchard and blackberry production and assists with tillage, cultivation and irrigation.  He is also the resident expert on repair of farm tools and equipment.  Like Nivardo, his tenure at the farm precedes the Laphams.

Mike DiLello

Mike DiLello

Conservation Manager

Mike became Sunnyside’s new Conservation Manager in January 2017. After completing his Bachelor of Science in forestry from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Mike traveled the country working for several conservation corps and land management agencies. Specializing in wildlife habitat management and sustainable trail design, his responsibilities include environmental monitoring, ecological restoration, wild product sales and increasing user accessibility.

Seasonal Workers

Seasonal Workers

Anything and Everything

Beyond those mentioned above, The Farm At Sunnyside benefits greatly from the work of dedicated seasonal workers.  These individuals help with virtually every farm task, from seeding to selling, and bring a diversity of backgrounds and experience that enrich our farm community.

Nick & Gardiner Lapham

Nick & Gardiner Lapham

Farm Owners

Nick and Gardiner purchased Sunnyside with other members of their family in 2006.  Nick’s background is in environmental policy.  He is currently President of the BAND Foundation and has held senior positions with World Wildlife Fund, Conservation International and the UN Foundation.  Gardiner has a degree in nursing and a masters in public health.  She’s worked at CARE and most recently served as board chair of Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE).  Their vision for Sunnyside is a diverse, vibrant farm that produces delicious, healthy, sustainably grown food; fosters native flora and fauna and nurtures those who work there.