Clarenda "Cee" Stanley is a an award -winning fundraising and marketing professional and CEO of Green Heffa Farms, a social equity boutique hemp and medicinal plant farm in Liberty, NC. Committed to the 4Es: Economic Empowerment, Equity, Education, and Environment, Green Heffa Farms seeks to produce premium medicinal herbs and plants while teaching underrepresented farmers how to implement regenerative agricultural practices on their own small farms.
Managing the brand's visibility behind the scenes, Cee and her former partner found themselves as the faces of the 2018 Farm Bill announcement, landing the couple on the cover of hundreds of publications across the country. In addition, Cee was selected as the featured farmer for the 2019 Hemp History Week campaign, the largest national media campaign for the federal legalization of industrial hemp.
Having learned invaluable lessons in setting up a small farm and now on her own, Cee has set about transforming Green Heffa Farms into a model agritourist destination that specializes in premium high quality herb production, including artisanal hemp. GHF is committed to best practices in organic, regenerative agriculture. Additionally, by providing a learning lab where aspiring and current farmers can gain critical skills in boutique herb cultivation, production, and needed business skills, Cee hopes to increase the number of socially conscious farmers, with a focus on underrepresented populations.
In addition to being a leading voice in equity in agriculture, Cee is also a senior fundraiser at one of the world's largest environmental organizations. With degrees in marketing and education, Cee is a sought-over speaker who has received several accolades including being selected by her peers as the 2016 Fundraiser of the Year and the recipient of the 2017 C-Suite Award. She serves on the boards of nonprofits in the arts and in environmental conservation.