Staff

luke-headshotLuke Gran

Luke is the owner of Prudenterra, and a Certified Forester  by 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 lives outside of Nevada, Iowa on a farm with his partner, Sally.


Nolan Currie

As Prudenterra’s Project Coordinator, Nolan works with clients and the operations team to organize and implement restoration services. Nolan’s early childhood was spent on a large, tallgrass prairie-filled acreage in Missouri before he moved to Ames at age 10. In college, he spent nearly two years studying and interning abroad in Brazil, Uruguay, and Ecuador. Nolan received degrees in Environmental Science and Global Resource Systems from Iowa State University in 2012. Before working at Prudenterra, he taught English in China and researched soil humates at the United States Department of Agriculture. In his free time, Nolan enjoys being outdoors, biking, disc golfing, fixing machines, and reading.


SallyStaffPic1Sally Hertz Gran

Sally leads Prudenterra’s marketing and communications, and also takes part in writing and editing plans and reports, and business management. She grew up in Nevada, IA, 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). In addition to working for Prudenterra, Sally grows 30 acres of certified organic corn, soybeans, oats and hay for her family’s farm. She grew vegetables as TableTop Farm for five years, and hopes to soon transition to agroforestry crops. Sally is passionate about native habitat restoration, soil health, and a system-based approach for a more resilient agriculture in the face of climate change.


AndrewStaffPicAndrew Montgomery

As Prudenterra’s Operations Coordinator, Andrew organizes the human and material resources to conduct restoration projects throughout central Iowa. His interest in restoring health to Iowa landscapes has been a coalescence of outdoor experiences; from tasting wild leeks, to visiting remnant prairies, to witnessing a blue heron rookery.  Some day Andrew hopes to help restore his family’s land and share his fascination and love of nature through experiential learning. Born and raised in Ames, Iowa, he has traveled and returned a few times, always in great appreciation of home.  Andrew enjoys outdoor recreation, music, and making tortillas.


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. 

 


JaredStaffPicJared Trent

As the Assistant to The Forester, Jared keeps projects and systems running smoothly, in addition to working on restoration projects with the crew. Jared grew up near Stuart, Iowa, in Guthrie County. From a young age, he knew he wanted to be in the field of ecosystem management, but determined that forestry was right for him while visiting the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness in Idaho. He enjoys gaining practical experience about forestry and ecosystem management at Prudenterra while finishing his degree at Iowa State University (B.S., 2017).

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