Thomas Leonard

Farm Rehabilitation Specialist

Contact Farmland Seeker

To protect the privacy of our users, contact information is only available to registered users who are logged in. Registration is quick, easy, and free.

Login | Create an Account


  • West
    • Alleghany
    • Ashe
    • Avery
    • Buncombe
    • Burke
    • Caldwell
    • Cherokee
    • Clay
    • Graham
    • Haywood
    • Henderson
    • Jackson
    • Macon
    • Madison
    • McDowell
    • Mitchell
    • Polk
    • Rutherford
    • Swain
    • Transylvania
    • Watauga
    • Wilkes
    • Yancey
  • North Central
    • Alamance
    • Caswell
    • Chatham
    • Davidson
    • Davie
    • Durham
    • Forsyth
    • Granville
    • Guilford
    • Orange
    • Person
    • Randolph
    • Rockingham
    • Stokes
    • Surry
    • Vance
    • Yadkin
  • South Central
    • Alexander
    • Anson
    • Cabarrus
    • Catawba
    • Cleveland
    • Cumberland
    • Gaston
    • Harnett
    • Hoke
    • Iredell
    • Lee
    • Lincoln
    • Mecklenburg
    • Montgomery
    • Moore
    • Richmond
    • Rowan
    • Scotland
    • Stanly
    • Union
  • Northeast
    • Beaufort
    • Bertie
    • Camden
    • Chowan
    • Currituck
    • Dare
    • Edgecombe
    • Franklin
    • Gates
    • Halifax
    • Hertford
    • Hyde
    • Martin
    • Nash
    • Northampton
    • Pasquotank
    • Perquimans
    • Pitt
    • Tyrrell
    • Wake
    • Warren
    • Washington
  • Southeast
    • Bladen
    • Brunswick
    • Carteret
    • Columbus
    • Craven
    • Duplin
    • Greene
    • Johnston
    • Jones
    • Lenoir
    • New Hanover
    • Onslow
    • Pamlico
    • Pender
    • Robeson
    • Sampson
    • Wayne
    • Wilson

Looking for the following:

Type of opportunity:

Sale (Owner Financed), Lease (5+ Years), Lease with Option to Buy, Business Partnership, Employment, Employment with Transfer.

Current farming practices:

Biodynamic, Conventional, Certified organic, Transitioning to organic, Ecological production but not certified, None, the property is not being farmed. More info: I currently manage over 160 acres of certified organic field production and over 73,500 sq ft of certified organic greenhouse space for Gaia Herbs. In the past I have managed over large commercial nursery operations, demonstration production gardens, and mid sized farms.

Qualifications and goals:

Previous farming experience:

Volunteer, Employee, Manager

Number of years experience:


Other qualifications:

Farm business training, Higher education in agriculture or related field.

Personal experience and production goals summary:

Thomas Snidow Leonard

2201 S. Live Oak Pkwy., Wilmington, NC 28403

[email protected]               +1-910-547-5554


Ten years of experience planning and establishing 27 various garden and farm sites.


Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute & George Mason University, VA                                     06/2012

            MCCS 0507 SO2- Adaptive Management for Conservation Success- Post-graduate Certificate

Bachelor of Arts, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL                                                                     2008-2012

            Major Sustainable Studies, Minor Sociology

From the Ground Up Workshop, Growing Power, Milwaukee, WI                                                      04/2011

            Aquaculture, Mushroom Cultivation, Greenhouse Production



Farm Operations Manager, Gaia Herbs Inc, Brevard, NC                                                      01/2019-present

  • Manage 160 acres of certified organic medicinal herb production and processing
  • Direct operations of 73,500 sq ft of greenhouse production

Farm Operations Manager, Greenbrier Farms, Chesapeake, VA                                      05/2018-11/2018

  • Planed and directed farm operations on a 330 acre with a team of 10 H2A workers and 14 domestic employees
  • Managed 7.6 acres of greenhouse nursery floor, 12 acres of fruit/vegetable production
  • Researched and wrote protocols for pot-in-pot, container yard, ball & burlap, and annual production
  • Reduced environmental impact through Integrated Pest Management, reducing plastic needs, conserving irrigation
  • Established partnerships with research universities, private manufactures, local schools, and nonprofit organizations

Greenhouse/Garden Manager, Thrive Upstate, Greenville, SC                                             02/2017-05/2018

  • Direct nonprofit programs in greenhouses, gardens, commercial kitchen, farms, and farmers markets
  • Increased employment/vocational training program for adults with disabilities 400%.
  • Supervised 2800 volunteer hours in 2017 (460% increase from 2016)
  • Increase Farm Production 260% in first 10 months
  • Wrote and administered $232,000 annual expense budget
  • Initiated intra-institution Farm to Fork Program

Executive Director, Modern Harvest Farms, Woodruff, SC                                                            03/2015-05/2018

  • Manage 60+ acre farm
  • Coordinate volunteer program
  • Oversee hydroponic, row crop, organic produce, and urban agriculture production

Accounts Coordinator, CMS Bon Holdings LLC, Wilmington, NC                                           10/2013-04/2017

  • Independently reorganized accounting system
  • Manage accounts including invoicing, reconciliation, recordkeeping, and bookkeeping
  • Developed Human Resource system for managing employment documents for expanding staff
  • Served as a Biostatistician for Biostudy Solutions/Team Member for Bon’s Eye Marketing

Garden Manager, Bon Appétit Management Comp, St. Petersburg, FL                                           05/2011-04/2012

  • Designed agricultural plan for college cafeteria as supplemented resource using sustainable principles
  • Oversaw workers, plantings, maintenance, production, and harvest of food
  • Hired, trained, and coordinated student workers


Presidential Scholarship- Eckerd College                                                                                                              2008-2012

Eagle Scout                                                                                                                                                            10/2007


Agricultural Consultant, Sustaining Way, Greenville, SC                                                                  05/2015-present

-Provided recommendations and seed sourcing for urban permaculture design project

-Directed 90 corporate volunteers during Hands on Greenville event

-Assisted leading Carolina High School students during educational hands on work days

Consultant, WILgrow, Wilmington, NC                                                                                                          07/2014-01/2018

-Collaborated in the establishment of three gardens

-Created marketing materials including website, emails, and social media

-Authored proposals for urban farming programs

-Coordinated volunteers

Mentor, Edible Peace Patch Project, St. Petersburg, FL                                                                                        2009-2011

-Mentored students and taught classes of elementary aged students

-Published article on the front page of The Triton newspaper

-Created content and posted on the organization’s blog

Coordinator, EC Garden, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL                                                                  2009-2012

            -Founding Member- wrote proposal that created Eckerd College’s Campus Garden

            -Coordinated large groups of volunteers on a regular basis (175 members, >%11 undergrad population)

            -Prepared and presented budget allocation request (expanded budget from $200 to $2,700+)

            -Conducted vegetative surveys and compiled multiple maps of plant communities and distribution


-ServSafe Certified                                                                                                                                          02/2017

-Addressing Soil Deficiencies: Soil Testing, Cover Crops and Fertilizer Applications, Laurens, SC                     13/09/2017

-Speak conversational Spanish


-NCAT-ATTRA- Managing Risks on Urban Farms

-Center for Environmental Farming Systems, NC State University Extension                                                               01/17/2016

            Enhancing Farm Profitability

-On-Farm Food Safety, Postharvest Handling, and Wholesale Marketing, Clemson University, SC                       3/11/2016

-Developing Apprenticeship & Farm Incubators, Low country Local First, Charleston, SC