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Simon Huntley, Founder & Developer
Simon grew up on a small farm in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania before pursuing a degree in Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State University. Soon after college, Simon helped a long-time western Colorado fruit farmer expand his operation to include vegetable production and a CSA program. The project grew to serve five area farmers markets and a 130-member CSA.
During his tenure at the farm, Simon took advantage of his education in information technology to develop a highly interactive website for the CSA. In retrospect, this website was a prototype for what Small Farm Central would eventually become. After leaving the farm in the Fall of 2006, Simon started Small Farm Central with a core group of 10 farmers from across the country. In four years, Small Farm Central has grown to serve more than 700 farmers (as of December 2012) across the U.S. and Canada.
Outside of Small Farm Central, Simon enjoys fermentating various foods and drinks and is working his way through Sandor Katz's Wild Fermentation. He stays active by exporing the hills and ravines of Pittsburgh on bike and on foot. His 2-year-old son Eliot always keeps Simon on his toes! He also keeps his hands in the soil, by planting 500-600 heads of garlic at the family homestead each year.
Staff recipe: Simon's Refried Beans
Shannon Knepper, Farmer Support & Design
Shannon comes to Small Farm Central with a background in graphic design and technical support.She loves talking with farmers about their sites and feels fortunate to work for an organization that supports small farms and the local food movement.
Shannon also does graphic design for the Mattress Factory (an art museum located in Pittsburgh's North Side) and for the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture (PASA). In her spare time, she enjoys letterpress printing for local businesses, silkscreening at AIR and crushing opponents on the tennis court. A rabid hockey fan, she is currently awaiting a call from Penguins to join the grinders on the 3rd line.
Staff Recipe: Shannon's Green Smoothie
Mike Cuccaro, Senior Web Developer
Mike comes to Small Farm Central with 15 years of experience in web development. When he isn't programming web sites, he divides his time in a diverse array of hobbies: painting watercolors, performing puppet shows, playing drums or trombone, singing, sports reporting for women's roller derby, and cooking, where he depends on his CSA and his own semi-successful vegetable gardening for the majority of his food for half the year. Mike is very excited to be working at Small Farm Central and part of the progressive trend towards local agriculture.
Staff Recipe: Mike's Desperation Carrot Sauce
Lauren Seiple, Sales and Marketing Lead
Lauren hails from New Jersey, but has made Pittsburgh her home for the past 7 years. Her past work for non-profits (including installation of Rain Barrels for Nine Mile Run Watershed Association and teaching composting workshops for Pennsylvania Resources Council) has given her a broad range of experience that fits perfectly with the Small Farm Central mission. She's excited to be a bigger part of the local food movement, and specifically enjoys the 'hands on help' aspect of her new position. When she's not in the office, you can find Lauren working on her house, learning about fruit trees & perusing vintage clothing about town.
Staff Recipe: Sauteed Pork Chop with Sage Cream Sauce
Mike Q Roth, Farmer Support
Mike Q. Roth was born and raised in Quakertown, PA, but has lived in Pittsburgh since 1996. He spent a great deal of time as kid working on his grandparents' farm picking tomatoes, pulling weeds and other chores. These days he makes the most out of his small plot in the Bloomfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh, growing strawberries, raspberries, asparagus and a rotating cast of other veggies. His most recent work experience has been with the Mattress Factory and Red Star Ironworks, where he handled a variety of administrative, financial and project management tasks. When not at work, you can usually find him biking, checking out live music, and cooking.
Hannah Ridge, Farmer Success Specialist
A native Pittsburgher, Hannah's first farming experience was on her aunt and uncle's peach orchard in West Virginia, where she spent many summers before college. She received an interdisciplinary bachelors degree in music performance and policy, and she is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Food Studies. In 2013, she co-founded the Ethical Farming Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting sustainable animal farming in Southwestern Pennsylvania. She is excited to be joining Small Farm Central in helping small farms succeed in the modern food system. When not visiting farms or studying, Hannah enjoys playing music with friends.