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.

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."

Sara Morrow

Deputy Editor
As an editor at All You, Country Living, Budget Travel, and Jetsetter.com, Sara Morrow has covered food, entertaining, decorating, antiques, pets, personal finance, travel, and more. Her writing has appeared in Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple, Money, and Sunset, as well as Etsy.com and MentalFloss.com.

P.S.: Sara grew up in Oklahoma, down the street from a llama farm and across the way from an ostrich farm.

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.

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.

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.

Brian Barth

Brian Barth is a former landscape designer and urban planner, who focused on food production in urban places. In 2013, he traded his digging fork and drafting desk for a pen and has been writing full-time ever since for publications such as Modern Farmer, Pacific Standard, Nautilus, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Horticulture, and Discover.

P.S.: Brian tried out "hobby" farming for a few years, but keeps it simple these days, raising vegetables and herbs in his tiny Toronto yard.

Jocelyn C. Zuckerman

Contributing 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.

Marisa Tesoro

Marisa Tesoro interned at The Missouri Review and worked as a department editor at Vox Magazine before landing her first full-time gig at Modern Farmer.

P.S.: Marisa is currently trying her hand at gardening on her windowsill. And she’s proud to say that her cherry tomatoes, basil, and cilantro are thriving.

Tom Herber

Director of Finance
Tom Herber received his bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College and his MBA from Iona College. He has 30 years of experience in the media industry; before joining Modern Farmer, he worked at Hearst Corporation and TV Guide.

P.S.: Tom spends lots of time in the field (and on the court)—as a referee for high-school and semi-pro football, baseball, and basketball games.

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.

Jackie O’Connor

Digital Integrated Sales Director
Jackie O’Connor has worked in advertising for the past 16 years in various sales roles at Popular Mechanics, SmartMoney, Field & Stream, and Daily Mail, and was part of the team that launched Lifetime magazine.

P.S.: You can often find Jackie and her family at Boxcar Cantina, Connecticut’s first certified "green" restaurant. They are big supporters of the owners’ commitment to use locally sourced and organic ingredients.

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.

Cheryl Solomon

Midwest Sales Director
Cheryl Solomon is a graduate of Northwestern University. She has held various positions in advertising sales including Organic Gardening, Natural Solutions, Weight Watchers, Family Circle, Vegetarian Times, and Yoga Journal.

P.S.: Though her professional passion lies in the natural food category, Cheryl cannot eat vegetables.

Renee Lewin

Senior Director of Marketing
As a media branding and strategy specialist, Renee Lewin has been Associate Publisher/Marketing & Creative Services at magazines ranging from Vanity Fair and Esquire to Good Housekeeping and Self. She was also senior member of the launch teams for five national publications, including USA TODAY.

P.S.: Renee finds it ironic to be working on Modern Farmer given her lifelong track record of trying, but failing, to sustain anything green—outdoors or in. (But hope springs eternal!)

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.