I am Charlotte native and owner of Rogue Farms Urban Hydroponics and Queen Hemp Company. I studied Biology and psychology before transferring into Fine Arts in undergraduate school. After an earning an MFA and living in Chicago, IL for 8 years, I returned to Charlotte, NC to reconnect with the community where I grew up.
Many seemingly unrelated threads of my history have come together in a conglomeration of hydroponic agriculture, education, and the urban environment. I have been a passionate grower for 20 years before becoming a science educator and farm manager. Rogue Farms Urban Hydroponics was launched in 2014 (a Charlotte based Urban Hydroponic Farm). Queen Hemp Company was established in 2018 as another layer to the Urban Hydroponic farm with a mission to apply dynamic agricultural practices in an urban setting for the highest quality and traceability of product.
We are in a different agricultural environment than we have been in the past. I am a part of a community ready to reconnect to this new environment, to our food source, and reject ‘Big Pharma’ as the only solution to wellness. We should all know where our food and wellness comes from and how it was grown. Know your farmer.
My mission is to reframe traditional grow methodology by adapting to the new agricultural/industrial landscape. This new agricultural landscape is a place for entrepreneurial enterprise, innovation, and a platform to partner with local community organizations and businesses to strengthen our community from within. “When we focus on our people, our community and our environment our quality is unmatched”.
I am an Owner and CFO of Queen Hemp Company. I studied Accounting at University of North Carolina at Charlotte and earned my CPA after graduation. I went on to work with Deloitte & Touche for 3 ½ years. I truly enjoyed the entrepreneurial work and continued my career working for Wilton Connor Packaging and then onto Sonic Automotive to consolidate the automotive retail industry. At Sonic I worked on the IPO and held many titles as we grew such as VP of Finance, Treasurer, and Secretary. In 2007 I was awarded the Business Journals “40 under 40” award. In 2008 I decided to work more on a part time basis doing contract work in order to focus more on my children.
As they are now grown and off to college I wanted to get back to work but doing something entrepreneurial and something meaningful. Nicole is a family friend of over 30 years and as fate would have it she was seeking some legal advice from my husband, her childhood friend, about this new Hemp industry.
Nicole pitched the business to us and I was immediately sold and knew I would be doing something that was not only entrepreneurial but deeply meaningful to our future wellness. So now I’m a farmer!!!