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Larry “Farmer Q” & Susie Kuser
Larry ‘Farmer Q’ & Susie Kuser moved to the farm in 1974 and have been actively running the farm since 1982. They have been married for over 40 years, have three grown children and eight grandchildren. Their vocation and avocation are the same: to live close to the earth and share the farm with as many people as possible.
Prior to farming, Farmer Q was a high school math and science teacher and coach. From 1976-1981 he served as Dean of Students for Princeton Day School in Princeton, NJ. Farmer Q has never given up his love of teaching or his involvement in the community. He has been an adjunct teacher at Mercer County Community College, Rutgers University School of Continuing Education and the New York Botanical Gardens. He has given lectures for the Master Gardeners programs and the New Jersey Association of Landscape Architects. In 2014, he was inducted into the NJ Nursery & Landscape Association’s Hall of Fame.
He serves on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Community Forestry Council, a past member of the New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association Board, the Burlington County Board of Agriculture, and past president of the Chesterfield Township Environmental Commission. Farmer Q is a graduate of Cornell University and has a Masters degree in Education from Fordham University.
Prior to running The Inn, Susie ran Wit & Whimsy, a boutique gift store in Bordentown, NJ from 1983-1987 and Princeton, NJ from 1988-1994. Her love, passion, and gift for hospitality have transformed The Inn from ‘Farmer Q’s’ boyhood home into a beautiful place for family and friends to come together to celebrate special occasions.
EEC, Education Director, Summer Camp Director
Brian Kuser, son of Larry ‘Farmer Q’ & Susie Kuser, has been involved in outdoor education since 1996. During his years at Bates College in Maine, Brian spent his summers working at Keewaydin Camps in Vermont where his love of experiential environmental education was founded.
After graduating Bates with a degree in mathematics, Brian started teaching at New England boarding schools while continuing to spend his summers at camp in Vermont. Brian took a couple winters off from the indoor classroom and spent several seasons teaching in the outdoor classroom at Keewaydin Environmental Education Center and Hulbert Outdoor Center where he focused on environmental education and teambuilding activities. He then married Tracy and they moved to Thailand to teach at an international school.
Brian and Tracy returned to the US in 2007 where they began teaching at the Montclair Kimberley Academy. Brian spent 6 years teaching high school math at MKA while spending his summers as the Summer Camp Director at Fernbrook Farms. In 2013, Brian left the indoor classroom for good and joined the year-round staff at Fernbrook as the Director of Education. He truly enjoys being able to share his love of his childhood backyard with the kids as they get to experience the joys of the outdoor classroom at Fernbrook Farms.
Brian and Tracy moved to the farm in 2015 and have introduced two more Kusers to the farm, Mikala (born 2008) and Gemma (born 2011) who can both be seen around campus during camp, after school programs, and more!
EEC, Homeschool Director, Young Stewards Director
A South Jersey local, Jenna has a combination of book smarts from Rowan University and natural knowledge from a life in the outdoors. Graduated with a B.A. in Health and Exercise Science, certified to teach K-12, Health and Physical Education in New Jersey as well as certified in Adventure and Experiential Learning. She is the future of the education field combining her classroom teaching experience with her love for the outdoors. She has grown up in a family that excels in the outdoors, from skiing and hiking Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains to fishing and exploring the Jersey Pine Barrens. Jenna wishes to educate and share the experience of hands-on environmental education with as many children as she can.
EEC, School Programs Director
Kimberly is a graduate from Moore College of Art and Design with a bachelor’s degree in art education with an emphasis on environmental art. As a certified K-12 art teacher, Kimberly has worked for a variety of school art programs, after school programs, and summer camps.
As an outdoor enthusiast Kimberly spent most of her free time exploring the environment and using nature to create wonderful works of art. Her enthusiasm for nature drove her to explore environmental art and thus became a thriving honor student at Moore College of Art and Design with her unique collection of sculptures made entirely from organic material. After college, Kimberly began to seek work that tied her art and passion for teaching with the outdoor world and so she arrived at Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center in 2013.
She uses her teaching experience and enthusiasm for environmental education to teach students how to enjoy learning and become thriving stewards of the environment. Her artistic flare has become a part of Fernbrook Farms from trail signs, to murals, to outdoor sculptures hidden subtly along the forest trails.
CSA, Farm Manager
Jeff Tober has been managing the CSA farm fields since day one back in 2007. Before coming to Fernbrook Farms, Jeff spent four years at Brookfield Farm in Amherst, MA where he was the Assistant Farm Manager. Jeff and his wife Becky Free are originally from Pennsylvania and are happy to call Bordentown their home with their 2 sons, Henry and Pete.
CSA, Assistant Farm Manager
Jess joined the CSA team in 2014 as an apprentice. She loved her experience so much that she’s been coming back every season since. In fact, she loved it so much that she now spends the entire year here as the Assistant Farm Manager.
Matt joined the CSA in 2018 and brings a wealth of passion and knowledge to the CSA team. Before coming to Fernbrook Farms, Matt was a professional mechanical engineer and decided to make a career change and delve into sustainable agriculture. He is a NJ native and Penn State graduate.
Lindsey joined the CSA team as an apprentice in 2017. She has a clear passion for bringing high-quality, chemical free food to your plate every week, which is evident in her daily seeding, planting, weeding, harvesting, and more. She is originally from Michigan and has farmed in PA as well as supported garden efforts in Philadelphia before joining Fernbrook Farms.
Erik joined the CSA team as an apprentice in 2017. A native Bordentown resident, Erik is inspired to connect people to the sources of their food and bring high quality, delicious, chemical-free food to our community. His interest in horticulture and greenhouse production grew while at Mercer County CC and led him to Fernbrook Farms.