Meet the Team
When you’ve got a dream, a little determination and a lot of hard work can go a long way.
After growing up on a farm in Alabama (Roll Tide!) and earning his Bachelor of Science degree from Jacksonville State University, Jeff Adams had a prosperous career in construction for the majority of his adult life in Georgia. Although construction is a great place to be for someone who’s quite the handy man, and can fix or build just about anything, Jeff’s real dream was to one day have his very own farm. After being interested in the agricultural world for quite some time and constantly keeping up with publications and farming media in his spare time, he would some learn that hydroponics was in his future. In the late fall of 2011, with the help of his Dad Kyle, Jeff broke ground and constructed the greenhouse which would later become Circle A Farms. His dream materialized, and the “Best Lettuce Ever” began selling in March of 2012. While starting a new business is never “easy street” he is very grateful for the opportunity to grow local lettuce.
Since then, Jeff has led a wonderful local operation that has provided many repeat customers and countless new folks with the most nutritious and delicious lettuce possible. Think of it this way, you and Circle A Farms share the same backyard – you won’t find a more fresh and homegrown taste than our greens.
Co-owner/Asst. Grower/Business Development
Cheryl was born and raised in Michigan and spent memorable family vacations each summer at Callaway Gardens. She discovered a love for the south and realized she hoped one day she could make the south her home, now living here 22+ years. After touring the greenhouse in the 2nd month of operation, she was immediately drawn to the hydroponics process and the prospect of creating a way to deliver the wonderful greens to local families, restaurants and retail locations. With a B.S. in Dietetics & Food Science and extensive sales experience, she knew this would quickly become a local favorite. In early 2017, Cheryl developed the new “Farm to Porch” Direct Delivery program, bringing fresh greens directly from the farm to the home. Be sure to look for our delivery vans in your neighborhood. Her favorite part of Circle A Farms is providing a healthy product to promote wellness, the “shop local” concept or simply interacting with the fabulous customers the product attracts.
When not finding something new and innovative to apply to the Circle A Farms greenhouse, she loves to hike, read, spend time with her family, cook (occasionally!) or enjoy time with close friends, especially playing a game of Euchre.
Z. Hunter Howlin
Farmer’s Market Manager
Hunter Howlin, a recent graduate of Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, has managed our Farmers Markets since 2013. He not only believes in the products we offer but loves to work with the public and educate them on all the benefits hydroponic produce has to offer. You can often find Hunter long boarding, snowboarding out west or critiquing the latest movie release. Make sure you ask him about all the uses of our Tropicana lettuce, his list is endless.
Hunter has never met a stranger and brings a fresh perspective to our markets with his overwhelming positive outlook on life. A true asset to our team.
One of the most exciting components of our greenhouse is our microgreens. Seeded and harvested in just 10 days, they require a great deal of care and attention to detail. Wendy has been part of our team since 2017 and does an amazing job at caring for our microgreens in the best way possible. Knowing little about hydroponics before finding Circle A Farms as a customer, Wendy was amazed and captivated by the operation of a hydroponic growing environment. Inspired by her interest in healthy eating, she began working with our full-grown lettuces and then was promoted to our microgreen specialist. She loves the attention microgreens require and continually learns new way to seed and harvest them to bring about the best product possible. When not at the greenhouse, Wendy enjoys running trails, HIIT classes, and hanging out with her family.
Greenhouse Head Specialist
Sara is one of our greatest assets here at Circle A Farms. She has a very high standard for packaging the lettuce and making sure everything is the very best it can be. She manages our harvesting crew and has such a positive disposition to keep everyone smiling and productive. Sara shares that being a part of the Circle A team has been the best job she has ever had. She enjoys the people she works with the best and has been known to spoil us with one of her delicious culinary creations.
Sara enjoys cooking and spending time with her family especially her daughter Gabby and grandson Edmund and her sweet boy, Alex. Her ideal vacation is traveling to the beach and spending time in warm weather.
Greenhouse Harvesting Specialist
I never even thought a passion for lettuce (of all things!) would play a role in my youth, but Circle A Farms presented to me an entire new realm of giving back to the community through honest produce. Being involved in the tender process of nurturing and preparing healthy greens for the public has cast a light on the true rarity that the greenhouse is – an honest company with a promise to provide the very best. Having the privilege of coming into such a peaceful & inviting environment nearly everyday has become an oddly therapeutic experience. Through unexpected healing and friendships, a newly sparked passion for agriculture has encouraged me to pursue similar experiences through the WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) program in the future since graduating high school. Alongside my newfound passion for farming, I have spent the majority of my personal life writing free verse poetry and plan to further explore linguistics.
Greenhouse Harvesting Specialist
Lydia grew up in Georgia and graduated from Forsyth Central High school and currently attends the University of North Georgia with plans to graduate with a degree in early childhood Education. Lydia shares her thoughts with us: “I never thought working in a greenhouse with lettuce would be so rewarding. I have learned the true joy that can come from this job, though it is not in the beautiful lettuce I get to cut every day, but in the strong people who work beside me. It makes a difference when there are smiles and positive attitudes when coming to work in the morning. I feel as if I have been adopted into a loving family.”
In her spare time from work and college classes, she is busy planning a Spring, outdoor wedding with hopes to feature our greens as part of her wedding. Stay tuned for beautiful pictures on our Instagram page @circlealettuce.
Prior to coming to the farm, Bob served in the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command for twenty three years. After retiring from the Army, for the next 17 years, Bob applied similar skills in the corporate world employed with a major insurance conglomerate. Bob left the corporate world in 2013 and began a new adventure performing home based chores as a household father and husband. An avid hydroponic lettuce fan and a long time Circle “A” Farm customer, Bob joined the team in 2017 when we expanded our home delivery business.
Bob is active with business and charity organizations, most notably “meals on wheel” and the Shrine.
Farmer’s Market Specialist/Delivery Driver
After spending most of his life in S.E. Virginia and being dedicated to a variety of careers that range from a (not-so-inspiring!) career in hotel management to bartending in south Florida and even delivered milk from a Mennonite family. Bill comes to us as a delivery driver from a similar hydroponic greenhouse in VA with a wealth of knowledge and love for the job.
Being retired and moving to Georgia to be near family, Bill loves the interaction with our customers and sharing in their excitement for our products. Bill also enjoys working Farmer’s Markets for Circle A Lettuce and spending time with family and his pup, Rosie.
Katie graduated from West Forsyth High School in 2018. Katie has been part of our team since graduating and has plans to attend the University of North Georgia in 2021 to pursue a degree in Art Studio. Katie has been such an asset to our team since her very first day on the job. She loves that everyone works together to get the job done each day whether it be harvesting, packaging, transplanting or brainstorming ideal ways to meet the needs of our local customers.