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CSA/Food Production Manager
Jess began understanding the importance of the food we eat and the way that it is produced when she spent a semester abroad in South India during her junior year at Ramapo College. While there, she saw firsthand the effects of corporate agriculture on small, local farmers & the environment and realized that the same interactions must be going on worldwide. Upon returning home to New Jersey, Jess began to learn more about the complexities of food systems and production in the U.S. To help satisfy her thirst for knowledge, she began volunteering at Fernbrook Farms CSA in 2014.
Curious to learn more about the ins and outs of farming, Jess would ask the Farm Manger (shout out to Jeff Tober!) and the farm crew many questions. With a bachelor’s degree in Biology, she soon found herself just as excited to learn about soil structure, integrated pest management, and cation exchange capacity as much as she was to cook new recipes with the literal fruits of her labor. And after so many days spent hauling fresh produce to smiling shareholders, she was hooked! Jess became an apprentice in 2015 and has been coming back every season since. In 2017, she took over as the Assistant Farm Manager and in 2020 she has taken the helm as the CSA Manager.
Jess is proud to be growing food in an honest way that benefits the local community and ecology. She feels that sustainable farming represents a great intersection of many issues that the world faces today. When she is not at the farm, Jess is usually cooking up a new recipe that she thought up while she was doing tractor work, playing with her dog, Bentley, reading about food / other farming techniques, or spending time with her boyfriend, John.
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!
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.
General Manager @ The Inn
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.