Just like many CNG farms, Certified Naturally Grown runs a tight ship to keep our grassroots certification program thriving. We’re proud to announce the addition of three new teammates. Following the departure of Hannah and Ariel, our staff has recently grown from four to a whopping five people! As the farm season starts to wind down, our busy season approaches. We look forward to connecting with you during the winter months!
Read on to meet the new faces joining Alice and Aly at CNG:
Abbe Lentz, Programs Coordinator
Abbe's experience growing up with the diverse agricultural landscape of New York has instilled in her a deep appreciation and conviction to play an active part in the sustainable farming and food movement. She is especially passionate about the ways that growing and cooking food builds community. Before joining CNG, Abbe worked at Harlem Grown, a youth development urban farm where she formed programming and taught kids how to grow and cook their own food. Here at CNG she helps farmers throughout the certification process and works on crafting new programs to expand our impact.
Gareth Stacke, Certification Specialist
Prior to moving to New York City, Gareth lived in Oregon where he co-managed a CSA farm and beginning farmer training program. At CNG, his role is to review the hundreds of new applications we receive each year and to help create new educational material for farmers. When not at CNG, you can find Gareth teaching New Yorkers about vegetable gardening, reading a book, or biking around Brooklyn.
Suzannah Schneider, Communications Manager and Certification Coordinator
Suzannah uses plants as food to change the world. Though she comes from a long line of Hoosier farmers, she didn't rediscover her love of farming until she moved to New York City to pursue a Masters in Food Studies at NYU in 2013. She enjoyed three seasons with Great Performances/Katchkie Farm before spending two seasons with her hands deep in soil at the Queens County Farm Museum - with time in between in restaurant kitchens or in the library as a research assistant. At CNG she oversees all things written and assists with many aspects of the certification process. She is recently obsessed with habanada peppers.