Growing up in Rome, Georgia surrounded by nature and avid gardeners, with a love of food and plants, I guess I was bound to be a farmer even though I didn’t quite realize it then. I graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.S.A. Degree in Horticulture in 2004. My focus and experience was mainly with ornamental plants. I worked briefly at the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia while attending UGA and completed my internship at Planting Fields Arboretum and State Historic Park in Oyster Bay, NY before moving to Atlanta in 2005. I worked in the horticulture industry for several years and, after becoming more interested in the local food movement, decided to find work on a farm.
I contacted Joe Reynolds in early 2010 about an internship at Love is Love Farm. As luck would have it, he was contemplating the idea of starting an internship program and so I began my internship at Love is Love Farm at its previous location at Glover Family Farm in Douglasville, GA. I continued working with Joe after his move to Gaia Gardens in 2011. After completing yet another great year at Love is Love at Gaia Gardens in 2012 and hearing that Oakleaf Mennonite Farm was looking for a new farmer, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to steward such a beautiful piece of land in the city.
I would also like to introduce my husband, Daniel Rodriguez-Restrepo. Daniel is from Medellin, Colombia where he attended Universidad Catolica de Oriente earning a degree in Agronomia y Zootecnia (Agronomy and Animal Husbandry). However, Daniel has chosen a different path, he owns and operates 24/7 Moving and Delivery as well as co-owning Direct Furniture in West Midtown. I hope someday he decides to return to farming, but in the meantime you’re sure to see him helping me out on the farm.
I’m looking forward to a great year in 2013 and hope to see you all on the farm!