About Us

Modern Farmer is the authoritative resource for today’s cutting-edge food producers and consumers: the farmers, wannabe farmers, chefs, and passionate home cooks who are influencing the way we eat right now. Blending hands-in-dirt service, soulful inspiration, and whip-smart reporting, Modern Farmer understands that a tomato is never just a tomato—it’s also a political, and deeply personal, statement about who we want to be and the world we hope to live in.

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The Team

Sarah Gray Miller

Sarah Gray Miller has served as the editor-in-chief of Country Living, O at Home, Budget Living, and Organic Style magazines. Under her leadership, Budget Living won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence, and Country Living received its first-ever National Magazine Award nomination, also for General Excellence. Sarah Gray began her career at Garden Design and Saveur magazines

P.S.: Sarah Gray had two pet goats, Randy and Nancy, when she was a kid in Mississippi.

Jane Wladar

Jane Wladar has held top advertising and sales positions at Art & Auction, I.D. Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Car and Driver, Road & Track, and Hearst Corporation's direct-to-consumer business (where she managed 16 titles, including Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, and Esquire). She was promoted to publisher/chief revenue officer of Country Living magazine in 2013.

P.S.: In 2011, Jane and her husband bought, gutted, and fully renovated a turn-of-the century carriage house.

Jocelyn C. Zuckerman

Executive Editor
Jocelyn Zuckerman is the former executive editor of Whole Living, deputy editor of Gourmet, and articles editor of OnEarth. She's the recipient of a James Beard Award for feature writing and of fellowships from the Peter Jennings Project and The Carter Center, and is a former Peace Corps volunteer.

P.S.: As a teacher in Kenya, Jocelyn once opened her door to find a particularly grateful student bearing a live chicken in a plastic bag.

Maxine Davidowitz

Creative Director
Maxine Davidowitz is the former creative director for More, TV Guide, Parents, and Health magazines, as well as the former group creative director for Rodale's women's division, which included Organic Style, Prevention, and Organic Gardening. She has consulted for Hearst's Good Housekeeping and Country Living; Time Inc.'s Real Simple, Southern Living, and Cooking Light; and Reader's Digest.

P.S.: Maxine's been helping her husband with his organic garden for, well, lots of years ... mostly by cooking with its overabundance of produce.

Jo Ann Liguori

Managing Editor
Jo Ann Liguori is the former managing editor of Seventeen, Country Living, Cosmopolitan, and Working Mother magazines and the Hearst Specials Group. She’s also worked as an editor at HGTV, Modern Bride, Elegant Bride, and Good Housekeeping magazines and Scholastic.

P.S.: Each June, Jo Ann spends a weekend making tons of pesto for her freezer and her friends—an annual ritual she's dubbed "Pestival."

Lila Garnett

Photography Director
Lila Garnett is the former photography director for the National Audubon Society and Organic Style magazine. Awarded the 2013 Knight Fellowship at Ohio University, she has been the photo editor for OnEarth, BOOK, and Civilization magazines. She’s also worked at People, Life, and Men’s Health magazines.

P.S.: Lila's picked blueberries in Maine, peaches in France, Grapes in Greece, and apples in the Hudson Valley.

Rachel DeSchepper

Digital Director
Rachel DeSchepper has led the editorial and social media strategies for ALLYOU.com, CountryLiving.com, FreshHomeIdeas.com, and RachaelRaymag.com. She also worked as an editor for Country Home and Portland Spaces magazines, and most recently, led content marketing at a civic tech start-up.

P.S.: Although from the Midwest, Rachel has never tipped a cow. She is, however, a huge fan of the Iowa State Fair.

Susan Huyser

Susan Huyser has served as a graphic designer for the The New York Times Magazine, NYCity Life magazine, Target, and Neiman Marcus. Past design clients include the Ford Foundation and Amnesty International.

P.S.: Susan grows vegetables in her front yard and forages in the back.

Monica Michael Willis

The former features director at Country Living magazine, Monica Michael Willis has contributed to Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple, and Every Day with Rachael Ray, among others. She also works on digital strategy for Time Inc. Content Solutions.

P.S.: Monica's community garden is on the roof of a parking garage in New York City. There's a 30-year-old peach tree right in the middle of her plot.

Gabrielle Saulsbery

Gabrielle Saulsbery interned at Cosmopolitan.com and Delish.com before landing her first full-time gig at Modern Farmer.

P.S.: When Gabby was living in Sri Lanka, a local tried to sell her New York State apples. She bought rambutans and mangosteens instead.

Lavender Halsey

Director of Business Operations
Lavender Halsey has worked with the finance and operational departments of young companies, including Imagine Partners, Oasis Spa, Freya Farm, and New Skete.

P.S.: Lavender is a 13th-generation farmer. Her family’s Southampton, New York, farm was founded in 1644, and has been certified organic since the 1980s.

Jennifer Duncan Borrero

East Coast Sales Director
Jennifer Duncan Borrero began her career in fashion and art, working at Ed Axel Associates, Shirley Tattersfield Creative Arts, Lilly Pulitzer, Lansdale Manufacturing, and Frank Agostino couture. She has worked in sales at Modern Farmer since its launch in January 2013.

P.S.: Jennifer helped start a local CSA in Kingston, New York, called Hearty Roots.

Ellie Whelan

West Coast Sales Director
Ellie Whelan has been in advertising and marketing for more than 25 years at places such as East West Network, USA Today, and The Economist.

P.S.: With a no-waste mentality, Ellie cooks with ingredients supplied by her local organic CSA, Out of the Box Collective.

Cynthia Wood

Midwest Sales Director
Cynthia Wood graduated with a degree in advertising from the University of Tennessee, then moved to New York to begin her career in magazine ad sales. She was a top sales person/manager at Meredith, Hachette, Conde Nast, and Hearst before joining Modern Farmer in 2015.

P.S.: Cynthia raises guinea fowl and Ameraucana chickens that lay pink, blue, and green eggs.

Barbara Serino

Senior Director of Marketing
Barbara Serino has held marketing positions at Business Week, Forbes, USA WEEKEND, Woman's Day, and Popular Mechanics. She was also part of the launch team for the first Men's Group at Hearst Corporation, which included Car and Driver, Road & Track, and Esquire.

P.S.: Barbara lives for the summer when she gets to plant (and eat) a variety of tomatoes, peppers, and herbs from her vegetable garden.

Glen Fuenmayor

Creative Director of Marketing
Glen Fuenmayor is a veteran of marketing design in publishing and advertising. As Creative Director for the Hearst Men's Group, he developed successful branding campaigns for Car and Driver, Road & Track, and Popular Mechanics magazines. He also has designed for Rolling Stone, Esquire, Country Living, Redbook, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Vanity Fair.

P.S: Glen is a proud investor in Everson Royce, which currently operates one bar/restaurant and two wine retail stores in the Los Angeles area, specializing in small-production wines from all around the world.