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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

Owner & General Manager

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

Information Analysist & Grower

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

Nicole Shamy

Production Manager

Nicole is an avid plant lover and came to Peace Tree Farm in the beginning of 2022. After 18 years at Wegmans as their Produce Department Manager, Nicole decided to switch things up and start a new career in agriculture with us. Her expertise in personal relations and customer service has been a huge benefit to Peace Tree Farm and we look forward to learning from and growing with her.

Maggie Garity

Grower Team Leader

Julia Thomé


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 and Univ. of ME Agricultural & Resource Economics. Julia grows many Peace Tree plants in her outdoor home garden and indoor collection.

Lori Gaul

Inventory Specialist

Rowan Lynch

On-Site Mechanic & Production Crew


Production Crew

Mike came to Peace Tree Farm in 2018.


Production Crew

Sarah Neville

Sales & Shipping, Production Crew

Sarah came to Peace Tree in January 2022 after working in customer service and graphic design for over twelve years. She has a bachelors degree from Kutztown University in Art Education and self-published her first book in October 2021 after starting her own publishing company. She brings her artistic skills and creative design to table and we're excited to have her on the sales team

Steph Gray

Production Crew Leader

Photographed with her dog Omar Steph came to Peace Tree Farm in February 2022. She was a manager for a local pet store for 13 years and has more side jobs than one person can imagine. She loves animals and her sense of humor keeps us all smiling.

Jess & Zepplin

Production Crew