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, Margaret and the Lox Farms team took the farm commercial and started selling fresh local produce to the community and providing education about sustainable farming.
Seth Czaplewski - Farm Manager
Seth was raised in Florida and has been growing food there for nearly a decade. He came to Lox Farms late 2015 and specializes in vegetable production. He was an urban dweller most of his life but his family has a long history with farming going back to the Homestead Act.
Aj Azqueta| Fresh RX Farmer
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.
jim Furci | 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 | Mixologists
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.
Elisabeth Munder |
Elisabeth Munder brings fifteen years experience in marketing and public relations to Luxury Ink. After building her career at Cartier and Salvatore Ferragamo in New York City, she joined Saks Fifth Avenue Palm Beach as Marketing Director where she managed business strategy in addition to communications. Elisabeth has consulted for brands including Chanel, The Webster, and Restoration Hardware, and her press placements include every major American fashion publication including Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Elle, W and luxury lifestyle publications Quest, Modern Luxury, and Town & Country. She has been featured in Marie Claire, The Daily Front Row, The Palm Beach Post and various social media as a style expert, and produced runway shows for Oscar de la Renta, Giambattista Valli, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Armani among others.
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.
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