Staff

Luke Gran

Luke is the owner of Prudenterra, and a Certified Forester with the Society of American Foresters (SAF). What began as the team name of a group project in his thesis capstone course at Iowa State University (B.S. Forestry, 2008), the company was founded shortly thereafter to create a framework to allow Luke and others to help interpret ecological communities and agroecological opportunities to landowners in Iowa. For five years, he worked at the non-profit organization Practical Farmers of Iowa. During that time, Luke continued to work for private landowners part-time while learning from his mentor, naturalist Carl Kurtz, and gaining farming experience. In 2014, he transitioned to full-time work at Prudenterra and began expanding its services to meet the needs of Iowa landowners. Luke is from Newton, Iowa and enjoys the diversity and beauty of Iowa’s native ecosystems. He serves on the board of directors of the Iowa Prairie Network, and lives outside of Nevada, Iowa on a farm with his partner, Sally.


SallyStaffPic1Sally Hertz Gran

As MarCom Manager, Sally leads Prudenterra’s marketing and communications and also takes part in writing and editing plans and reports, and business management. She is passionate about native habitat restoration, agroforestry, soil health, and a system-based approach for a more resilient agriculture in the face of climate change. Sally grew up in Nevada, Iowa, spent a year of high school in Argentina as an exchange student, studied abroad in Mexico for a semester of college, and has a degree in Anthropology from Truman State University (B.A., 2009). She grew vegetables as TableTop Farm for five years. In addition to working for Prudenterra, Sally grows 30 acres of certified organic corn, soybeans, oats and hay for her family’s farm, and serves on the board of directors of the Iowa Farmers Union.


crystalrigginsCrystal Riggins

Office Administrator Crystal Riggins comes to Prudenterra with over 22 years of bookkeeping experience. When she isn’t keeping our numbers in check, she’s out on the Riggins Family Farm teaching her family and the local community about the importance of sustainable farming. Crystal lived in Arizona and Colorado before moving back to the family farm in central Iowa, where she lives with her husband Steve and their daughters, along with horses, goats, and a donkey. 

 


Jake Hill

Operations Coordinator Jake Hill is from Newton, and graduated from Iowa State University in 2017 with a double major in environmental science and biology. He previously interned with the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, and conducted research as part of ISU’s prairie STRIPS project.

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