About Fresh Impact Farms

Who We Are

Fresh Impact Farms is the result of combining technology and innovation with the need for more flavorful, healthy, chemical-free, and sustainable produce within a hyper-local supply chain. 

Using hydroponic technology, we grow herbs, greens, and edible flowers cultivated for flavor, freshness, nutrition, and sustainability. We are dedicated to providing chefs and mixologists with the best tasting, and most beautiful, locally grown products. 

Today's industrial food system is plagued by seasonal growing constraints, lack of transparency, and products that are grown for maximum yield and the ability to travel thousands of miles, instead of maximum flavor. At Fresh Impact Farms, we are consumers and lovers of food just like you. We like to know where our food comes from and how it was produced. We also believe that good food should have great flavor!

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Meet the Team

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Ryan Pierce

Founder & CEO

Founder and CEO of Fresh Impact Farms, LLC. He grew up in Delaware and received a B.S. in Management from University of Delaware. Ryan has worked in a range of industries from banking, to cloud computing, and now farming. He saw an industry increasingly in need of new perspectives and decided to take a leap into the unknown. Whether through farming or advocacy, he intends to be one of the many voices pushing for systemic change within our food system to make it more equitable, sustainable and healthy.

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Timothy Schutz

Production Manager

The production manager with 8 years of experience in hydroponics and agriculture. Tim graduated from Paul Smith's College with a B.S. in Natural Resource Management. He has spent his working career in multiple locations around the U.S. on an array of different growing systems. He has a strong desire to make agriculture more localized and efficient for urban environments as well as sustainable for future generations.

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Ryan Saunders
Sales and Marketing Manager

After studying history and business at James Madison University, Ryan worked as a server and manager at restaurants in Maryland, Colorado, Hawaii, Washington D.C. During the course of his career,  Ryan has developed a deep and passionate connection to the local food and restaurant industry.  In 2015, Ryan established a 52-acre farm that grew a variety of heirloom fruits and vegetables, truffle orchard, and apple trees. Since then, Ryan has worked to assist restaurants in growing their businesses and connect to local sources of produce.  

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Katherine Myers
Assistant Grower

Katie recently graduated from Penn State with a Bachelor's degree in Plant Science as well as minors in Entomology, Mushroom Science and Technology, and Biology. She has always been passionate about making healthy and fresh foods more freely available, and is thrilled to be working in food production. Her previous work includes multiple summers at Lowe's where she honed in her skills for maintaining plants on a large scale. Katie looks forward to refining her skills and knowledge in a practical setting in an industry she has always been excited about. 

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Nathaniel Root
Junior Engineer and Data Analyst

Nate is an Arlington native whose education includes a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University in Policy Analysis and Management. He's currently pursuing a Masters of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering. Previously, Nate has worked in affordable housing as a data analyst and systems architect. Currently, he is helping us design our plumbing system for the upstairs expansion. 

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Anna Timberlake
Marketing and Production Assistant

New to the industry with a background in Science and Hospitality. Anna is a South Carolina transplant, graduated from Newberry College with B.S. in Chemistry, and is currently pursuing a Professional Science Master's in Urban Agriculture at the University of the District of Columbia. She is an advocate for tasty and nutritious food.

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Brian Srock
Harvest and Delivery Associate

You may recognize Brian as our newest delivery expert! Brian is from Fairfax, VA and graduated from Robinson Secondary in Burke, VA in 2020. He will be taking Horticulture classes at NOVA Community College this upcoming Fall. Brian was primarily interested in plants and horticulture in general when he started with us but now wants to learn about sustainable agriculture on a long scale.

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Ella VanStory
Production Associate

Ella is our newest farmhand that just graduated from Edmund Burke School and will be attending UC Davis in the Fall studying Sustainable Agriculture and Systems. Her previous work includes being a Culinary Assistant at Culinaria Cooking School in middle school and she currently works at Heidelberg Pastry. Her favorite plant to harvest is our Oxalis "Butterfly" Sorrel.