Meet Our Team

Here at Peace Tree Farm, our team is your partner in providing unique and sustainably grown plants. Here are the people behind the plants who make all the magic happen!

Candy Traven


Candy is an intuitive visionary skilled in the art of creating container gardens and unusual plant design. Her sound instincts, creativity, and steady hand on the business side of Peace Tree have helped the company remain strong. Prior to Peace Tree, Candy managed A Hidden Garden, a retail plant store in Philadelphia, worked as a plant breeder at Cornell University, as a floral designer, and as an interior plantscaper in Chicago.

Lloyd Traven


Lloyd is a technology guru and advocate for small growers, among the first to successfully invest in sophisticated environmental control systems. Lloyd graduated summa cum laude from Delaware Valley College of Science & Agriculture in 1979 and attended Cornell University Graduate School in Floriculture. Prior to Peace Tree, he was Assistant to the President for Special Projects for Ball Seed. He conducts seminars and makes presentations at growing industry conferences and conventions and has contributed to many publications.

Alex Traven

Head Grower

Alex graduated from Cornell University and brought a scientific focus and passion for sustainable production. In addition to managing the growing team, Alex is internationally known for Peace Tree’s innovative and successful Biocontrol methods.

Maggie Saska

Operations Manager

Cynthia Rees

Shipping, Sales, and Broker Relations

Cynthia has a vast knowledge of plant material and a wonderful eye for combinations. She manages our shipping needs, handles broker relations, and is part of the sales team. She also sings like a nightingale…

Gray Simpson

Propagation Manager

Gray is a young professional horticulturist from UGA, focused on social, environmental, and economic sustainability. He helps grow the plants, particularly the young ones.

Katie Endicott

Sales and Marketing Lead

Katie is a former farmer and florist and loves highlighting the beauty of growing things. She handles direct sales, social media and marketing, and documents life at Peace Tree. Working at Peace Tree helps her add to her houseplant and garden addictions.

Maggie Garity


Julia Thome

Julia Thomé

Sales & Shipping

Julia currently works as part of the Peace Tree team in production, shipping, and sales. She is a 2018 Longwood Fellow and an alumni of the Univ. of MD Institute of Applied Agriculture. Julia grows many Peace Tree plants in her outdoor home garden and indoor collection.

Lori Gaul

Inventory Specialist

Jess Lobko

Propagation Crew Leader

Rowan Lynch




Sarah Neville

Social Media & Marketing Director

Sarah comes to Peace Tree after years of working in customer service and marketing. She has a degree in Art Education and publishing and in 2021 she self-published her first book