Meet Your Hosts

RAY ARCHULETA | SOIL SCIENTIST, UNDERSTANDING AG & SOIL HEALTH ACADEMY

Ray Archuleta is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist with the Soil Science Society of America and has over 30 years experience as a Soil Conservationist, Water Quality Specialist, and Conservation Agronomist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). During his tenure with the NRCS Ray served in New Mexico, Missouri, Oregon, and North Carolina.

Ray received his AS degree in Livestock Science from Northern New Mexico College and a BS degree in Agricultural Biology plus 30 hours of graduate work in soil related courses from New Mexico State University. He served in the Peace Corps for two years in Guatemala as a Livestock Specialist.

After his retirement from the NRCS in 2017, Ray founded Understanding Ag, LLC, and Soil Health Academy, LLC, to teach Biomimicry strategies and Agroecology principles for improving soil function on a national scale. Ray also owns and operates a 150-acre farm near Seymour, Missouri that he operates along with his wife and family. 


ADAM GRADY | REGENERATIVE FARMER, DARK BRANCH FARMS (PARTNER FARM FOR JOYCE FARMS)

Adam and Brandy Grady represent the 10th generation to live on the land that comprises Dark Branch Farms near Kenansville, NC. Dark Branch Farms is a primary grower of animals for Joyce Farms pastured pork program. Located in the eastern coastal plains of North Carolina in Duplin County, the farm has been in the family since the late 1700’s. Dark Branch Farms is comprised of about 1200 acres of arable land, along with additional acreage in woodland. Situated in the coastal plains, the soil types are predominantly sandy and sandy loam. The farm is located about an hour and a half southeast of Raleigh, NC.

Adam's father began to dabble in no-till farming around the 1980s. Many years later, when Adam had taken ownership of the farm, he established a partnership with Joyce Farms to raise heritage breed hogs using regenerative practices. With guidance from Understanding Ag's Dr. Allen Williams, Adam began transitioning to regenerative in 2016 with a healthy amount of skepticism. He began with a test of on five acres. After seeing the success from that experiment, Adam made a complete switch to regenerative by 2018.


RON JOYCE | PRESIDENT & CEO

As the lead visionary and guiding hand at Joyce Farms, Ron represents the company’s second generation of Joyces. Ron came on board in 1971 after graduating from UNC-Charlotte with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. In 1981, Ron took over leadership from his father, founder Alvin Joyce. Ron’s father taught him the importance of providing outstanding customer service in tandem with great products. He considers himself a “foodie” and his passion for delicious culinary experiences is evident in how he leads the organization.

Ron has served as president of the National Poultry and Foods Distributor’s Association (NPFDA), Chairman of the NC Small Business Council, a board member of the NC Economic Development Board and the board of N.C. Free Enterprise Foundation.  He currently serves on the N.C. Leadership Council of NFIB. Ron has received the NPFDA Man of the year award, the Poultry Vanguard Award, the WS Chamber Small Business Advocate Award, the NC NFIB Small Business Advocate Award. He was also presented the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by N. C. Governor James G. Martin.


RYAN JOYCE | VP FINANCE

Ryan represents the company’s third generation of Joyces, along with his brother Stuart. Ryan first joined Joyce Farms in 2008 after graduating from N.C. State University with a degree in Business Management. In 2010, he left the company to attend Wake Forest University, where he earned his JD/MBA, and soon after, he passed the NC Bar.

Ryan returned to Joyce Farms in 2014 and now oversees finance, human resources, quality assurance, information technology, and legal matters for the company. Ryan holds a Private Pilot Certificate, and in his free time, enjoys spending time with his wife, Chelsea, his daughter, Harper, son Oliver, and their family dog, Goose.


STUART JOYCE | VP OPERATIONS

Stuart officially joined Joyce Farms after graduation from N.C. State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business Management. Unofficially, he has been a part of Joyce Farms since childhood, when he would come to work with his father, Ron, after school and during summers. Stuart learned to process poultry and perform basic accounting. He also spent many hours repairing poultry houses, making sure feed systems worked properly and getting to know all the farmers and their families.

Today, Stuart plays an active leadership role in the company, overseeing all poultry operations from the plant and hatchery in Winston-Salem to the grow-out of our Poulet Rouge® chickens and Guinea hens, which are Joyce Farms’ Heritage Breed Poultry products. He also oversees our seasonal Heritage Black Turkey program. Stuart holds a Private Pilot Certificate, and in his free time, enjoys spending time with his wife, Samantha, their daughter Natalie. He also loves hunting and spending time in the mountains. 


NATE MORGAN | SALES MANAGER 

Nate Morgan is Joyce Farms’ Sales Manager and Heritage Beef and Pork Expert. Nate’s culinary interests began at the tender age of nine when, much to his family’s surprise, he asked his grandmother to teach him how to bake a pie. “Grandma’s pie crust planted a seed that grew into a culinary journey,” he said.

Nate graduated from Johnson & Wales University’s Culinary School and was a chef in several restaurants before joining Joyce Farms. His long-standing interest in heritage-breed livestock is one of his true passions and he is an ardent supporter of small, family farmers.

Nate, his wife Krista and their two children reside in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Nate is an avid sportsman, enjoying saltwater fishing and big-game and waterfowl hunting.


JARED KEIPER | SENIOR SALES SPECIALIST & CORPORATE CHEF

Born and Raised in Winston-Salem, NC, Jared Keiper has been a lifelong Joyce Farms customer and joined the Joyce Farms team in January 2019. As corporate chef and sales specialist for Joyce Farms, He believes the most flavorful cuisine is made simply with the best, highest quality products and he considers it part of his job to inspire and educate customers about the superior products raised by Joyce Farms. As an avid hunter, fishermen, and farmer Jared is passionate about being steward to the land and the products that come from it.

Jared grew up in a restaurant industry family and credits his parents for inspiring his love for food at a very young age. Jared is an experienced professional chef with a demonstrated history of working in the restaurant industry. He is skilled in menu cultivation, food preparation, personnel training, food cost and market analysis, operations management, and catering. Jared earned an Associate's degree in Culinary Arts from Guilford College.

Jared, his wife Malorie, and daughter Rory Grace live on a small farm in Kernersville, NC with their two dogs Winston and Louie, cat Charlie, and flock of birds.


BRANDON SHERRILL | MEAT PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Brandon Sherrill is the newest member of the Joyce Farms team, coming on board in March of 2019. As Meat Program Coordinator, Brandon keeps a close eye on the details, ensuring a smooth process from the farms to final product delivery. Some of his main responsibilities include developing and maintaining relationships with farm producers and custom-harvest facilities, monitoring compliance with Joyce Farms Animal Welfare and Regenerative Agriculture programs, and helping to forecast livestock needs. He also helps with a number of important tasks related to logistical planning, including sales forecasting, pricing, and tracking inventory.

Like many others at Joyce Farms, Brandon has a strong culinary background as a former professional chef. Most recently, Brandon was chef and owner of Oso Eats and The Sherwood Restaurants in Winston-Salem, NC.


BETH HILL | MARKETING MANAGER

Beth Hill is Joyce Farms’ specialist in marketing, graphic design, and online content. A native of Atlanta, Beth moved to North Carolina in 2003 to attend Elon University, where she earned a B.A. in Corporate Communications. She then worked at a small marketing agency in Winston-Salem before returning to Elon to pursue a Master’s degree in Interactive Media. Throughout school, Beth worked in several restaurants and gained an appreciation for the role that chefs and restaurateurs play, the challenges they face, and the importance of offering high quality food to customers. She is also passionate about humane animal treatment and responsible environmental practices, both of which helped lead her to join the Joyce Farms team in 2015.

Beth resides in Winston-Salem with her husband, McNeal, their son Bryson, and several beloved pets.


CAMILO HERRERA | VIDEOGRAPHER & PHOTOGRAPHER

Camilo is our visual storyteller and content producer. He immigrated to the United States from Colombia, South America when he was only 7 years old. A graduate of UNC School of the Arts: School of Filmmaking, Camilo joined our team in April 2020 to help us tell the Joyce Farms story. He is a master of finding compelling ways to share the perspectives of our company, farmers and chef customers through the camera lens and in the editing room. Before working at Joyce Farms, Camilo worked at a local family restaurant for 8 years. He currently lives in Winston-Salem, NC with his partner Bryan and their two huskies.