Carla is a co-founder Working Landscapes. She has deep roots in Warren County, where Working Landscapes is based, having grown up with an extended family on a former tobacco farm. Carla received her B.A. and Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University, along with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management. She earned a Ph.D. in Ecology from UNC Chapel Hill in 2009. Carla works hard to create triple-bottom line benefit in her home region, with the help of a grounded perspective and sense of humor. Outside of work, she enjoys the challenge of parenting Juniper and twins Sam and Silas (along with Gabriel), and is beginning to implement a 50-year plan for the revitalization of her family farm.
A co-founder of Working Landscapes, Gabriel joined the organization’s staff in 2013. Gabriel received his doctorate in Ecology from UNC Chapel Hill and his bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College. He provides leadership to the organization’s food system revitalization efforts and contributes to fundraising, builds regional partnerships and speaks eloquently on behalf of the organization and rural communities broadly. Previously, he served as Director of the Warren County Economic Development Commission and as a researcher at Duke University. When not at Working Landscapes, he provides stakeholder engagement and qualitative analysis services to domestic and international clients, including a new community-supported fishery initiative in Philadelphia and the development of marine management zones in the UK. In the time that remains, he likes to ride bikes with his daughter, build legos with his 4 year-old twins, and cook big batches of sauces.
A native Mississippian, Alex developed an interest in food systems work through a mix of experiences: working on a sustainable hog farm, taking classes on environmental literature and policy, and participating in food and environmental justice actions ranging from a KXL protest and the Wendy’s national boycott to organizing a small-farms drive-in at the Mississippi state capitol. After graduating with a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Mississippi, Alex moved to Warrenton, North Carolina in 2017 to serve as an apprentice with Working Landscapes through NCSU’s Center for Environmental Farming Systems NC Growing Together program. After the conclusion of his internship, he joined the staff. Alex leads cafeteria-based taste tests in elementary schools across northeastern North Carolina, helps to develop outdoor learning environments, increases access to healthy food in childcare centers and corner stores, and helps to manage the shared-use Main Street Kitchen. In his spare time, Alex goes on hikes with his dog, Ollie, reads (less often than he should), and eats good food.
Leah Steffens is currently serving a year-long term with Working Landscapes as an AmeriCorps VISTA service member. AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program designed to alleviate poverty, and Leah’s position is sponsored by The Conservation Fund. Raised in Chapel Hill, NC, Leah moved to Warrenton from Boone, NC where she received her B.S. in Sustainable Development with a concentration in Community, Regional, and Global Development. In Boone, Leah worked in community gardens at a homeless shelter, where she discovered her love of growing and sharing food and stories with others. As an AmeriCorps VISTA Service Member, Leah’s role at Working Landscapes involves recruiting teachers to participate in the What’s Growing On program, coordinating volunteers in school gardens, and conducting community outreach, among other things. In her free time, Leah loves cooking and eating with friends, gardening, and watching The Office with her cat, Sage.
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Ben Markgraff, Production and Sanitation Crew
Moses Powell, Production Manager
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Jalen Wellington, Sanitation Manager