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Chester County Ag Council

Meet the Makers

Get to know the people who make Chester County's farming industry possible. These folks are the backbone of our regional ag economy, steward our natural resources, and put food on our tables every day. Some are born into farming families and some come to their careers from totally unrelated backgrounds. All have a story to tell.

Joe Lederer, Lederer's Greenhouses

Liliani Tapealava-Colon

You might only see poinsettias around Christmas, but for Joe Lederer of Lederer's Greenhouses, they are a big deal year-round. Joe and his brother Christopher are third generation growers who specialize in this sometimes misunderstood, always colorful holiday favorite plant.

Learn more about Joe.

Liliani Tapealava-Colon, Cannablyss Farms

Liliani Tapealava-Colon

Did you know there are currently over 20 licensed hemp farms in Chester County? Hemp has been used for thousands of years as a source of fiber and food. While grown commercially in the U.S. until after World War II, hemp became regulated along with marijuana and its cultivation was prohibited until the 2018 Farm Bill was passed. Liliani is an organic hemp grower interested in the plant's anti-inflammatory properties.

Learn more about Liliani.

Robert "Farmer Bob" Lange, Sugartown Strawberries

Robert Lange

Many people know Farmer Bob for the mouth-watering strawberries he grows in the spring and the acres of pick-your-own pumpkins in the fall. He's hosted thousands of school children for tours on his farm, and he cares deeply about stewarding the land's natural resources. But did you know Farmer Bob also co-wrote and hosted the filming of "Hayride to Hell", a horror movie debuting this fall?

Learn more about Farmer Bob.

Lori Harrison, Director of Communications at the American Mushroom Institute

Lori Harrison

In celebration of Mushroom Month, we'd like to introduce you to Lori Harrison. She's not a mushroom grower nor does she come from a farming background, but her advocacy communication work is a critical for the industry's success. Learn how she puts her journalism degree to work in service of Chester County's top crop.

Learn more about Lori.

Christy Campli, Growing Roots Owner and Market Manager

Christy Campli

Have you been to the Eagleview, Dowingtown, Malvern or West Reading Farmers Markets? Perhaps you've attended a Craft & Mercantile event or are looking forward to Good Food Fest this fall. If so, you're familiar with some of Christy's handiwork.

Learn more about Christy

Ros Fenton, Kennett Square Farmers Market Manager

Ros Fenton

Ros began as a market customer and is now working behind the scenes to grow Kennett Square's local food scene. Check out her list of seasonal produce favorites and what it means for her to work with the Kennett farmer and producer community.

Learn more about Ros.