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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.
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.
Sam joined the CSA in 2018 and clearly has an enthusiasm for bringing chemical-free food to your home. She is a NJ native who attended the University of New Hampshire where she worked on the school’s farm. This experience got her very interested in farming and led her to Fernbrook Farms!
The Inn, General Manager
Teri Lands is one of New Jersey’s premier catering and event specialists. With a comprehensive background in event planning and many years of relevant hospitality experience, Teri is widely recognized for creating and executing some of the most beautiful weddings on the East Coast. Supported by a qualified, detail-oriented team, she has most recently led Main Street Fine Catering’s special events division (currently Fenwick Hospitality Group), establishing it as The Knot’s Best of Weddings Hall of Fame, the only caterer in NJ to earn this distinction. Teri has perfected the art of executing spectacular events, focusing on an authentic approach to planning. Her creativity and artistic nature allow her to find the perfect way to achieve each client’s singular vision.
Having planned hundreds of unique weddings and events from offbeat to intimate exclusive locations, Teri and her events have been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, Style Me Pretty, TheKnot, NJ Bride, Bucks County Magazine, Town & Country Weddings, and many other publications and blogs.
With a firm belief in providing her clients with the very best organic and sustainable foods, Teri is excited to take on her newest role as part of the Fernbrook Farm family as the General Manager at the Inn at Fernbrook Farm helping to continue to host truly amazing, one-of-a-kind events. Teri has consulted and catered at Fernbrook Farm for over 18 years and is back to work with the team to elevate the on-site events to the next level.
The Inn, Events Manager
Kristin has been in love with love her whole life. Therefore, it was a no brainer when she made the decision to work in the wedding industry. It has always come natural for Kristin to want to work with people and create the best experiences for everybody possible. She has always been a proactive planner of sorts. From the time she was a child she would plan each day from start to finish. With her passion of food and events, the hospitality industry has always been her number one choice.
Kristin started her career participating in culinary arts classes in both high school and college. Here she had the responsibility of running fully operational restaurants. Kristin attended college at Western Illinois University in 2009. She graduated from Cheyney University in Philadelphia in 2012 with her B.S. in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management. After graduating from Cheyney University in 2012 Kristin moved to Orlando, Florida to work at Nickelodeon Suites Resort along side the Ninja Turtles. Although she loved the thrill that the character dinners and events brought to her life Kristin has always had a heart of gold and loves to surround herself by family. Therefore, she moved back to New Jersey in 2013 and began her catering and event manager career at Rider University working for Aramark. Kristin learned the ins and outs of catering at Rider but after 3 long years there it was time to venture further into her journey. After spending a few moments on the Fernbrook Farms property, learning about the history and everything they stood for, Kristin was absolutely certain that this would be her next big move. Starting at Fernbrook Farms in May 2018 as the Event’s Manager, Kristin has already gotten through the start of a busy wedding season and looks forward to many more seasons at Fernbrook Farms with her newfound family.
Outside of work Kristin enjoys spending time with her son Maison and her family. She loves traveling and hopes to fill her passport up with stamps from all over the world. She enjoys planning huge get-togethers for her family and friends. On her days off you can find her at the beach, watching reality tv or more than likely at the mall.
Nursery, Field Manager
Kevin’s Horticulture career began in 1975, working summers as a maintenance employee for a local landscape company. After a number of years and moving up the ranks to become a supervisor, he was hired by The Williamson College of The Trades in Media, PA, to manage the 200-acre grounds of their campus.
During his tenure at Williamson, he decided to attain a Degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Temple University in Ambler, PA. Upon graduation, he was hired by Cumberland County College as an Associate Professor for the Ornamental Horticulture Associate Degree. Kevin was responsible for the entire contents of the curriculum, as well as student advisement. Over the years he also helped develop articulation agreements with four-year universities in order for the students at Cumberland County to make a smooth transition to pursue a Bachelor Degree.
In 2002, Kevin was hired by Ehrich & Ehrich Nursery in Chesterfield, NJ to head their ball and burlap operation. Although he lacked experience in the nursery industry, with determination and hard work, Kevin grew the nursery into a successful operation.
Eventually, Kevin was wooed by Larry Kuser, owner of Fernbrook Nursery, to become the field manager and where he continues to be employed.
Kevin enjoys life outside of Fernbrook Farms with his wife Michele and daughters Caitlin and Emma. When any free time presents itself, you may find Kevin fishing, golfing, and or reading.
Nursery, Customer Service
Tanya’s love for the outdoors sparked her interest in ornamental horticulture at a very young age. When it was time to decide a career path, well let’s just say it was decided without a question or doubt. Her ornamental horticulture education was obtained from Mercer County Community College and Rutgers University. Where she graduated with an associate’s degree in Ornamental Horticulture. Tanya continued to gain knowledge in this industry from past employers, Princeton Nurseries, Rappleyea’s Nursery and at Fernbrook Nursery since 2008. In 2015 she became a CNLP and in 2016 she was named the ‘Young Professional of the Year’ from the NJNLA. Tanya has been married to her best friend, Robert, since May 2002 and they have 2 kids (the 4 legged kind) Mia and Max, Alaskan Malamutes. They love to get out and go kayaking, quad riding, bicycling and walking in their free time.