OUR PEOPLE

WHAT MAKES THE BUSINESS WORK

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

DREW GLOVER (SELMA, AL)

WORKER-OWNER, CO-FARM MANAGER

Originally from Santa Cruz, CA, Drew oversees the administrative side of the cooperative. Passionate about food justice, Drew also has a background in beekeeping and pollinator preservation. 

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ALFONZA GREER (SELMA, AL)

WORKER-OWNER, CO-FARM MANAGER

Alfonza Greer, aka "Greer," is a Country Man and grew up with his hands in the dirt in North Alabama. He loves working the ground and is one of the hardest working men this side of the Mississippi. Greer handles the plot growing and harvesting, and oversees all of the equipment.

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RAPHAEL CRUM (SELMA, AL)

WORKER-OWNER

The grandson of a cattle farming grandfather and a vegetable farming grandmother, Raphael Crum has grown up driving a tractor and working cattle since he was nine. Born in Selma, and with a deep respect for nature instilled by his elders, he has always dreamed of having his own farm someday.

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JENNIE PEEPLES (SELMA, AL)

WORKER-OWNER TRACK

As a daughter of the Black Belt, Jennie Peeples is more than familiar with the importance of gardening and agriculture. She enjoys getting her hands dirty and centers the community in her work and volunteerism. When she’s not working, Jennie is spending time with  her fur baby Rondo.

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BRENDAN O'CONNOR (DURHAM, NC)

WORKER-OWNER

Brendan O'Connor grew up in the blue mountains of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. He has all good memories of fresh green beans his family grew in their modest garden and applesauce they cranked out from Virginia apples. Brendan recently worked for the Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth & Reconciliation and was one of two (along with Andre Williams) who helped incubate the co-ops.

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LOCAL FARM ADVISORY BOARD

CAROLYN PICKETT (SELMA, AL)

COMMUNITY-OWNER, ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Carolyn Vassar Pickett is a Selma native. She has fond childhood memories of visits with her maternal grandparents at their farm where they raised cows and goats, fished from their private pond, grew and harvested much of the food which they consumed, both meat and plants. She recalls with relish, the Nanny goat that her paternal grandfather raised specifically for the milk that he consumed to help with digestive disorders.

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GEORGE PARIS (TUSKEGEE, AL)

COMMUNITY-OWNER, ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

BIO IN THE WORKS.

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CHIP SPENCER (Marion Junction, AL)

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Chip Spencer is a 4th generation Blackbelt farmer and owner of Spencer Company L.L.C., a land management and environmental restoration company based in Marion Junction, AL since 1984. Having worked with the unique soil type of the region for decades, and with his knowledge of both the native and non-native plants of the area, Chip brings a lot to the Local Farm Cooperative table.

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PINKIE & CECIL HUFF (SELMA, AL)

ADVISORY BORAD MEMBER

Pinkie Huff's (picture coming soon) father was a farmer and she grew up that way in Selma, where she and her brothers helped her father on the farm. Her Christian faith is very important to her, and when she considers doing something she always prays about it. She lives in the neighborhood where the Local Farm Co-op is located and her husband Cecil Huff has volunteered for the Local to help with planting and clearing the land, and he has planted some on the land through a partnership with the Local.

Cecil Huff has been farming a lifetime, and grew up in Sprott in Perry County. “There ain’t too many things I don’t know, when it comes to that. We had to farm growing up," he says. He worked for the National Forest Service for around 25 years on and off, and would plant as many as 1,500 new trees a day after lumber companies would clear some of the land.