Welcoming our 2020 Interns!

March 18, 2020
By Rachel Wylie, Student Services Coordinator


Our 2020 interns are here!

We are so excited to have them on the team - get to know them below.

Sara Duesterhoeft​

Design/Build Intern

Sara originally hails from Madison, Wisconsin and graduated from UW Madison with a degree in Religious Studies and Education. While at UW, she worked with the international student community, expanding her understanding of global cultures and how to build connections between people from across the globe. After university, she spent time living and traveling in Europe, SE Asia, and throughout the Americas. She completed two terms of service with Americorps, first with Americorps NCCC Southwest where she built houses with Habitat for Humanity and constructed food security gardens, and second in Vermont as the Team Leader for the Vermont Youth Development Corps program.

Yestermorrow has been on her radar for years and she is thrilled to explore her dilettante tendencies as an intern here. Sara loves meeting new people, supporting passions, synergizing, and generally excels at bringing more light, kindness, and humor to the world. She is a natural bridge-builder, forging connections between people, communities, cultures, and the natural world. Sara hopes to expand her knowledge of sustainability and building to further inform her community work. 

Sara is most interested in taking: Tiny House Design/Build, Shipping Container Design/Build, Green Roof Design/Build, and our flagship course, Neighborhood Design/Build




Eva Hogue

Kitchen & Design/Build Intern

Eva grew up in San Luis Obispo, California, raised by her mother, an architect, and her father, a stone mason who studied structural engineering. She grew up running around in gardens building fairy houses, and walking through neighborhoods with her parents stopping to stare at each house, imagining the family that lived inside, each creating a space they called home. Through her Biocultural Anthropology degree at Humboldt State University, she was able to learn about communitiesand their dwellings through a contextualized, human lens.

Her fascination of hand-built homes, community structures, and food systems led her to Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, where she lived in an intentional community and tended a 3-acre garden. She is now on a path to figure out what she’s interested in pursuing within the realm of building, design, community growth, food systems, and accessibility to these resources. In her free time she is flipping through pictures of hand-built homes, gardening, and enjoying a big handful of chocolate chips. 


Eva is excited for these classes: Home Design, Design for Deconstruction for Reconstruction, Permaculture for Regional Planning, Beekeeping, and Intro to Tadelakt.


Gerard Knoph​

Design/Build Intern

Gerard grew up in Garden City, Michigan where he spent his youth playing hockey and baseball. On long family road trips, he would pass the time spotting and identifying different birds of prey. Gerard’s love of exploring the outdoors blossomed while attending his family’s annual camping trip floating down Michigan's Muskegon River. Gerard believes in bravely following his curiosity. After high school, Gerard enrolled in the Firefighter Academy and EMT program at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan, where he also worked as a photo editor for the school’s newspaper. Gerard moved to Nashville, Tennessee to study elementary education at Tennessee State University, before moving back to Michigan in 2012 and promptly falling in love with the culture and environment of Northwest lower Michigan.

Gerard’s curiosity has now led him down a new path, and straight to Yestermorrow. He plans on learning about permaculture and natural home design/build, with the goal of using these new skills to help tackle the affordable housing challenges in Michigan. 


Gerard is most interested in taking these classes: Home Design/Build, Foundations Fundamentals, Electricity Safe & Secure, Design for Deconstruction for Reconstruction, and to work with the Natural Building Certificate