Clarenda "Cee" Stanley is currently the CEO/President of Green Heffa Farms. From an agrarian family in Alabama's Black Belt, Cee did not see herself as a farmer. But in 2018, she co-founded Green Heffa Farms and was selected to be the 2019 Featured Farmer for Hemp History Week.
However, in 2019, Cee also found herself being solely responsible for Green Heffa Farms and from there, she began to reimagine the legacy she wanted to leave for her children and grandchildren.
It was from this experience that she developed the farm's commitment to the 4Es: Economic empowerment, Equity, Education, and Environment.
Raised largely by maternal grandparents who taught her to always grow organically, conscientiously, consciously - Cee was taught to honor and respect the land, that land was true wealth because it produced. She is a student of heritage farming and indigenous traditional knowledge and incorporates honor and reverence to the ancestors throughout the farm's processes, products, and presentations. The packaging's patterns are inspired by the rich tapestry's of the Gee's Bends Quilters, who hail from her home county of Wilcox County, Alabama along with the fabrics of her African ancestry. The plants used in Green Heffa Farm's teas are those with strong cultural connectivity that Cee has studied voraciously.