Clarenda Stanley-Anderson is a global principal gifts officer with The Nature Conservancy World Office. Having raised more than $70M for social causes, in 2017 she became the first Black woman licensed to grow industrial hemp in North Carolina. She is also the 2019 Featured Farmer for National Hemp History Week; the largest, national grassroots effort to restore strong support for industrial hemp farming in the United States.
Malcolm Anderson is a disabled Army veteran with more than 20 years of federal service. Most recently, he worked for the Veterans Administration. During his civil service career, Malcolm realized that there was a gap in service to veterans that he felt hemp could help fill and began studying cannabis cultivation in Oregon and Colorado. He now manages farm operations full-time.
The Andersons created Green Heffa Farms, Inc., a boutique hemp NC farm, to sustainably produce and supply superior-quality hemp varieties that are the finest on the world market. Their social cause “Leveling the Planting Field” seeks to expand market opportunities for underserved and underrepresented farmers, increasing equity and inclusion in the hemp industry.