Meet the Team
Margaret Duriez - Owner
Margaret was born in West Palm Beach and grew up in Florida and on a family farm in Pennsylvania. After graduating from university, she became increasingly interested organic food and sustainable living. Margaret and her husband Franck are vegetarian as are their four children. The farm started as a place to grow food for their family. Two years later, she took them farm commercial and began supplying families with fresh, local produce at the West Palm Beach Green, Delray, PGA green markets and various restaurants and groceries.
Aj Azqueta| FARM MAnager
AJ is passionate environmentalist focusing on regional agriculture and urban gardening. His background has made him understand the various beneficial impacts of transiting towards regional food systems. Aside from working at Lox Farms, AJ runs a garden installation company called Prana Plants & Gardens which provides the service to get others growing food at their homes or community's.
Courtney Armbrust | Event Manager
Courtney has produced high-profile, luxurious events for nearly a decade, and is currently the owner of Revel Events, an events production company based in New York City and Palm Beach.
Inspired by a personal passion for event planning, she began her career at a major public relations firm in NYC. There, she supported the planning of large and small-scale media and consumer events for major CPG brands, and discovered an enthusiasm for leveraging events as an impactful way to market brands.
She later ventured into the luxury spirits world, leading the planning and production of trade events for Belvedere Vodka and Hennessy Cognac, of the LVMH portfolio. Her work includes several large-scale sales incentive trips to international destinations, national mixology events, and brand education experiences in Paris and Cognac, France.
jim Furci | IN house chef
Jim Furci is a New York native who was born in Brooklyn and grew up in West Babylon, Long Island. He realized his love for food at an early age. He can remember cooking eggs on a gas stovetop at the age of 3 while standing on a step stool in his parent’s home in Brooklyn. At the age of 18, when he was contemplating studying culinary arts, his father had passed and he choose a different career path that eventually brought him to South Florida in 1993. After 20 plus years in Information Technology, he never lost his passion for cooking. He had always loved to cook and create. He learned as much as he could over the years to continue his growth in the kitchen.
In 2007, he decided to make a career change. He started working with local food events such as South Beach Wine and Food, Palm Beach Food and Wine, Garlic Fest (to name a few) and also as a Private Chef. One of his favorite places to work was Swank farms, where he had helped with their farm to table events for 5 seasons.
Chef Jim was also co-founder of Florida Food & Farm Magazine, a printed and online publication that connected consumers and chefs to locally sourced ingredients throughout the state of Florida. Along with that, he was Managing Partner & Resident Chef for Culinary Performance Media where he designed and launched the world’s largest mobile kitchen theater named T.R.U.C.K! and also the first mobile nightclub called TRANCE.
Chef Jim has also appeared on The Food Network & Cooking Channel’s show called Food Quest with Robin Leach, Blue Collar Backers on the Discovery Channel and a few local/national TV shows.
Jules Aron | Mixologist
Jules Aron is a holistic health coach, wellness mixologist and 4x best selling author of Zen and Tonic: Savory and Fresh Cocktails for the Enlightened Drinker, Vegan Cheese, Simple, Delicious, Plant-Based Cheese Recipes, Nourish and Glow and Fresh and Pure. She holds a Masters degree from New York University, is a Certified Yoga, Qigong & Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner, and is a Certified Health & Nutrition Coach from The Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Aron has been featured in The New York Post, The Today Show, Women's Health, Organic Spa, Well + Good and MindBodyGreen, and is a regular contributor to Thrive and Woman's World Magazines as well as other national fitness and wellness magazines.
Linda tate | Fresh Rx kids
Linda Tate has a passion for teaching culinary education. As an athlete she always knew the importance of food for performance and healthy living. During her yoga teacher training at the Sivananda Ashram in Paradise Island she started to become curious about food, farming and soil. She went on to attend the Natural Gourmet Institute and has a unique approach to food for thriving and as a part of overall well-being.
During culinary school she created Foodsparkle and uses this programming with the kids. Natural Gourmet Institute has a focus on plant based culinary, health supportive diets and sustainability and she finds fun ways to introduce these concepts to the kids so they can have fun and thrive.
After culinary school she partnered with Lox Farms to host Farm Fridays, a volunteer experience for the local community to connect to the earth and farming practices. Linda and Lox Farms are a natural partner as they have many synergies. She is excited to offer curriculum for Fresh Rx kids and share the mission of sustainable, healthy farming and eating to the next generation.
She is also a certified health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and completed her undergraduate at Rutgers University. Her business Lila Life, has a number of coaching programs to help people with lifestyle modifications and mindset to live their best life. When she isn’t running her business, coaching or teaching you can find her in the ocean, enjoying time with her fiance, or playing with their lovely dog Lilyrose.
Lox Farms is a small farm rooted in Loxahatchee, FL. As a certified naturally grown farm, we can have a positive impact on both the environment and your health. As a local farm, we can provide you with the freshest produce, as well as reduce the number of miles your food travels and thus the carbon footprint of the meals you prepare. We have chosen to grow directly in the soil without synthetic fertilizers, fungicides, or pesticides so your family isn’t exposed to dangerous chemicals that can destroy your health. We believe food should be your medicine and play a part in improving and maintaining your health. So we work hard to keep the soil healthy, using compost and azemite to remineralize the soil, and ensure the food we grow is nutrient dense.
We are Certified Naturally Grown! What does that mean? CNG standards are based on National Organic Program Standards but is a grass roots alternative. The farm goes through inspections for certification and is only allowed to use organic inputs. CNG is focused on local and leaving the land in better condition than you found it.
1442 E Rd. Loxahatchee, FL