To grow the freshest local greens in the Northeast requires fresh thinking and fresh ideas. Fortunately for lovers of delicious veggies, the people behind the plants at lēf Farms are all quite skilled at that sort of thing.
With a healthy balance of creative vision, agricultural and environmental expertise, and plenty of hands-on experience across the industries of horticulture, food safety, agricultural technology and farm management, the lēf team has the collective resume it takes to successfully grow the freshest local greens around. Let’s meet a few of these very talented, driven people.
Henry Huntington, President And CEO
The Man Behind Pleasant View Gardens And Proven Winners® Turns Over A New lēf.
Henry’s agricultural roots run deep. Growing up on his family’s farm in Connecticut, he learned the importance of hard work. Combining this with a passion for growing, Henry then joined his father Jon and brother Jeff to establish Pleasant View Gardens – which has become one of the most successful horticultural businesses in the Northeast. His dedication the highest standards, industry-best genetics, and advanced growing systems led the way to creating the #1 consumer plant brand, Proven Winners®, and the region’s leading herb and vegetable brand, Savor™. Building on that success, the Huntington family now proudly launches lēf Farms, New England’s new home of fresh baby greens.
Bob LaDue, VP And COO
Bringing New Technologies To Life.
With a degree in Agricultural & Environmental Systems Technology from Cornell University, Bob brings to lēf more than 20 years of experience with controlled greenhouse environments. Bob’s extensive experience with advanced growing systems led him to consult with countless greenhouse projects discovering ways to improve growing systems and boost overall greenhouse productivity. Plus, he’s gained valuable operational experience in the commercial greenhouse world, as the G.M. of Finger Lakes Fresh. There he developed and implemented its food safety program, advanced expansion plans for a new greenhouse and packing facility, and helped create and market new leafy-green products for both retail and wholesale.
Donald “DJ” Grandmaison, Sales & Marketing Manager
Equally Skilled At Growing Crops And Sales.
Donald got his start growing ornamental and edible crops in an environmentally controlled greenhouse while at Pembroke Academy in New Hampshire. After earning a degree in Environmental Horticulture from the University of New Hampshire, he went to work at Dimond Hill Farm as Greenhouse Crop Manager, Crop Planner and Farm Manager. He helped launch the Farm’s wholesale arm, working with local small-to-medium farms to expand Dimond Hill’s portfolio of farm-grown crops to local restaurants and co-ops. And as product specialist at Pleasant View Gardens, DJ helped develop sales and marketing strategies, as well as coordinate product information for brokers. His passion for supplying healthy food has evolved into a love of promoting pesticide-free greens and environmentally friendly practices.
Did you know that more than 95% of the greens most people eat come all the way from California, Arizona and Mexico? That’s not exactly nearby, nor is it a recipe for freshness. Even many so-called “local” greens are really West Coast-grown — they just get new packaging slapped on at an East Coast repacking operation. After they’ve taken a long ride in the back of a shipping truck.
We think greens need to be grown where they’ll be eaten, so they hit your plate at the peak of freshness. That’s why all lēf greens are hydroponically grown right here in the heart of New England. They’ll get to you within 24 quick hours of being harvested. And they’ll change your perception of just how fresh, healthy and flavorful local greens can actually be.