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Staff

Carol Maxwell

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Carol serves a manager of our Uptown Shelby Markets. A native of Rutherford County, Carol attended East Rutherford High School and grew up in the NC 4-H program. She received her BS degree in Biological Science and her Masters of Natural Resources degree both from North Carolina State University, where she was an active member of Alpha Zeta Agriculture Honor Fraternity and the NCSU Collegiate 4-H Club. She worked as the Recycling Coordinator of Gaston County and as an Education Specialist for Keep Gastonia Beautiful before staying home while her children were young. Carol, her husband Ray and their three children live in Shelby.

Celeste Burkhardt, Local Foods Coordinator

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Celeste has found two recurring themes in her life: community and service. As an NC Teaching Fellow, she attended UNC Asheville, where she was able to impact students through tutoring programs, participate in NSF-funded undergraduate research, and find a home in the beautiful mountains of WNC. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, Celeste chose to return to her hometown. Here, she spends most of her days in the midst of teenagers as an educator at her alma mater, Shelby High School. Through her involvement in several local organizations, she enjoys being in a position to facilitate connections between community partners. She has been so lucky to further develop these skills as Local Foods Coordinator for FFM. Outside of these roles, Celeste likes to cook with foods grown by the friends she’s made at the farmers’ market, go on walks with her pup, Millie, and practice yoga.

Mary, Cornwell, Assistant Market Manager

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Mary Cornwell was born in Claxton, GA. Her family moved to Wayne County when she was 12 years old. She graduated from NC State University in 2003 with a BS in Agricultural Business Management. With her husband, Jeff, she has operated a dairy farm in Lawndale since 2005. The farm currently milks 140 Jersey and Jersey cross breeds while raising the forage for the herd and heifer stock. They were awarded the Cleveland County Farm Bureau Farm Family of the Year for 2017. Mary has also been teaching Foods and Nutrition at Burns High School for six years. She has instructed students on healthy lifestyles and proper food preparation procedures. Mary and her husband have three children: Julia, Troy, and Josie who love playing sports and video games. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, painting, and hiking. Mary looks forward to helping the farmers of Cleveland County and surrounding areas sell their harvest and goods to the community.

Grant Wilson, Health Department Market Manager

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Grant works as a Health Education Specialist for the Cleveland County Public Health Center and serves as site coordinator for our Shelby Satellite market at the Health Department. He enjoys visiting with vendors to learn about how they farm and what they grow, and he looks forward to increasing attendance at the Satellite Market this year.