Tripp first experienced growing and sharing good food while studying at the University of Georgia. After graduation, Tripp served with the Peace Corps in Tanzania, focusing in sustainable agriculture and community empowerment. In 2006, Tripp apprenticed at Wilson College’s Fulton Farm in PA. In 2009, he completed a Master’s degree in Public Health at Georgia Southern University with a focus in Community Health. Next, Tripp founded and managed DogPatch Farm, a micro-CSA in Macon GA, while serving on the board of a local food focused non-profit and working full time with the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s food safety division. In 2011, he joined White Oak Pastures as Organic Farm Manager where he supervised a 5 acre CNG/Certified Organic vegetable farm, along with 6,500 pasture-raised egg laying hens and a commercial-scale composting operation. Tripp is now creating a new farm venture in middle Tennessee and remains excited about helping CNG build community networks among natural growers across the Southeast.
Elizabeth Weller, Secretary
Amazing Heart Farm
While studying religion and philosophy at Sarah Lawrence College, Elizabeth pursued her love of farming during summer breaks, working two summers at an orchard in West Virginia, and a third on a small farm just outside Lexington, VA. After graduating from college, Elizabeth worked as the Harvest Barn work leader at Gould Farm, a therapeutic farm community in Western MA. After spending several years in the field of social work, Elizabeth pursued her Masters in Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School. During her time there, she volunteered with local small farms such as the Food Project, Serving Ourselves Farm, and the Blue Heron. Upon graduation, she and her husband moved to a small town just outside of Gettysburg, PA where Elizabeth owns and operates Amazing Heart Farm, a Community Supported Agriculture program that focuses on building community through healing work, healthy eating and sustainable agriculture. You can learn more about her work at http://amazingheartfarm.com.
Jonathan Duffy grew up in New York City where he became a fledgling naturalist during visits to the Museum of Natural History and summers in the Hudson Valley. He studied Political Science at the University of New Hampshire where he organized and was president of the service workers’ union. Over the years, he has lived in Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., and the West of Ireland, working in a variety of professions: cabinet maker, museum exhibits fabricator, project manager, entrepreneur. In 2002 Jonathan settled in The Plains, Virginia to manage Kinloch Farm. He is proud to say that the farm's apiary and grass-fed cattle operations are Certified Naturally Grown. Kinloch is a leader in restoring and managing wildlife habitat, and Jonathan serves on the Smithsonian Virginia Working Landscapes Advisory Board. When there is time to spare, he enjoys landscape painting, boat building, and sailing with his wife Jamie along the coast of Maine.
The Wylde Center
As the Greenspace Director, JC Hines manages the maintenance and site improvements for all of the Wylde Center sites. The Wylde Center is a non-profit environmental education and greenspace non-profit in Decatur, GA whose mission is to educate, cultivate greenspaces and build community in the areas we serve. While a Political Science student at the University of Vermont she discovered a love of farming while managing a three acre organic production farm for the school. JC has appreciated the work of Certified Naturally Grown since working as the Assistant Manger at Small Ones Farm in Amherst, MA under the direction of Bob and Sally Fitz. After college, her family and southern roots called her home and she came to Atlanta where she joined the Wylde Center team in 2013. Farming, garden development, and education are her passion, and she hopes to make a gardener out of everyone, one backyard or schoolyard at a time.
After working in the food industry for 6 years and seeing the need for positive environmental changes in the South, Andrew started working with local farmers in Northeast Georgia. He has always been drawn to Southern Appalachia, even after many years living throughout the US and world travels. In 2013, Andrew began helping with a small farmer-centric nonprofit and was brought on as Project Coordinator for a USDA Value-Added Producers Grant. This grant significantly increased small-scale chemical-free producer sales in the region, and he continues to help farmers and customers connect through events, markets, and community education efforts. With a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of North Georgia, Andrew currently works with children through STEM-based environmental educational programs, co-manages a regional farmers market, and organizes the Georgia Mountains Farmers Network to promote environmentally conscious food production throughout Northeast Georgia.
Ross Margulies, Chair
Working Over Thyme Farm
A lawyer and public health expert by training, Ross founded Working Over Thyme Farm in 2012 with his partner Leah. Using dozens of shop lights and a bit of creativity, Ross and Leah started by growing thousands of vegetable seedlings for DC-area urban gardeners. Today, Working Over Thyme is a full-scale, diverse vegetable farm supplying area households and restaurants. Ross also practices law, helping a wide variety of health-care companies and innovators achieve their business goals and navigate Federal regulatory agencies. He maintains an active pro-bono practice, helping non-profits, small businesses and healthcare providers with their legal needs. Prior to his work as an attorney, Ross worked as a public health researcher at George Washington University and held several positions at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Ross received his B.A. from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and received his law degree and Masters in Public Health from the George Washington University. He resides in Nashville, Tennessee with Leah and their crazy dog Ruby.