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.

Christina Olivieri

Production Manager

Christina received her Bachelor of Science at SUNY-ESF and has worked with the US National Arboretum, Longwood Gardens, Hidcote Gardens, and Kiseki-no-hoshi (in Japan). In her free time, you can find her chasing her 3-year-old son.

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.

Gray Simpson


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

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…

Little Bit Traven

Greeter, Grower Sidekick

Little Bit manages security and team morale. You can find her at the lunch table or under a desk in the office.

Lucy Traven

Former Office Manager, Babysitter

Lucy's friendly nature can be seen every day in her interest in in-office meetings or her attentive watch over Peace Tree Farm babies. Siesta timekeeper.