Press Clippings

Keep up with all the latest news and updates regarding Cul2vate in the stories below.

Celebrate Tennessee: Cul2Vate Farm Grows Food & People

News Channel 5 | April 28, 2017

“About three days a week – sometimes more – visitors to the farm at the Ellington Agricultural Center can meet Wendell Taylor. There, he has found peace and so much more.”


A Helping Hand – Cul2vate Feeds Middle Tennessee’s hungry – both physically and spiritually

Tennessee Ag Insider | 2017

“Our main pillars are engaging food insecurity with nutritious food and creating a pipeline for those who are chronically unemployed in our social structure,” Lankford says.

Read more on page 68!


Religious Community Helps Combat Opioid Epidemic

The Tennessean | March 26, 2017

Wendell Taylor hurt his back in the midst of a rough divorce nearly a decade ago. His doctor gave him a prescription for painkillers.

Before long, the former West Tennessee concrete business owner needed the opioids to numb his physical and mental pain.

But in his recovery, Taylor needed God.

Seed company puts hunger relief at the forefront

The Tennessean | November 8, 2016

Surrounded by rows of green crops at the Cul2vate farm, Joey Lankford and David Mauro bonded over their shared mission to feed the hungry.

Mauro’s organization The Mauro Seed Co. donates seeds to Lankford’s nonprofit Cul2vate, which gives 50 percent of the food it grows to hunger relief initiatives while providing employment and life skills training to its farmers.

Cul2vate: Living Hope Documentary

News Channel 5 Talk of the Town | August 8, 2016

Joey Lankford showed us his farm, that provides food to those who need it and also teaches people job skills to help break the cycle of poverty. For more information on Cul2Vate, or to donate or volunteer, visit

Bringing The Mission Back Home

The Nashville Ledger | August 5, 2016

Volunteer farmers, formerly homeless help feed Misstate’s hungry.

Brentwood Family Moves Back from Africa to Start Non-Profit

The Williamson Source | July 17, 2016

Not exactly everyone’s idea of the American dream to leave the comforts of Brentwood to serve in Cape Town, Africa. However, that is exactly what one family set out to do and now they run a non-profit in Franklin.

Green Hills Grille Partners With Nonprofit Cul2vate for Fresh Produce

Nashville Scene | July 11, 2016

The partnership with Green Hills Grille began last month, with the restaurant sourcing seasonal fresh produce twice a week.


Joey Lankford’s Story: From Tennessee Volunteer to Cape Town Stormer

Christian Cinema | May 25, 2016

Now, the Lankfords are back in Tennessee, but Joey Lankford isn’t finished in ministry. Today, he’s the Executive Director of Cultivate, a ministry that organizes out-of-work people and facilitates the use of underutilized land to grow crops. The workers learn skills they can apply to making a wage, and fifty percent of the food goes to ending hunger.

Missions Radio Interview with Joey Lankford

Missions Radio | May 24, 2016

Joey Lankford, a businessman and father of four who moved his young family from the United States to Cape Town. Journey beside Joey as he equips men and women with job skills, and leads them out of the bondage of poverty.

Sample Cul2vate Produce at Subculture Urban Cuisine and Cafe

Nashville Scene | May 24, 2016

Subculture uses incredible farm-fresh ingredients – many straight from the farms of Cul2vate!

Year-round Greenhouse Effort Aimed at Providing Food, Training

Franklin Homepage | March 24, 2016

After waiting a few months for approval, Joey Lankford’s concept of having a productive greenhouse in the middle of Franklin to mend the food gap earned its go-ahead Thursday night from the Franklin Municipal Planning Commission.

Year-round Greenhouse Effort Aimed at Providing Food, Training

Brentwood Homepage | December 24, 2015

Coming back from Africa, Joey Lankford had an idea, one that he hopes could transform low-income areas with nutritional food and close the existing food gap in Franklin.

Lankford, of Brentwood, spent the past five years on a mission trip in Cape Town, South Africa. He worked exclusively to create a self-help platform that would assist acute hunger at a price that people could afford. That meant training those who were interested in learning to grow their own food…

Cul2vate Eyes Site In Franklin

The Williamson Source | December 21, 2015

At the recent BOMA and Franklin Municipal Planning Commission Meeting, Cul2vate made their presentation to City of Franklin for a special use permit for the property at 1306 Academy Drive in Franklin. The property would be used for greenhouses and seasonal outdoor gardens to increase nutritional accessibility to the surrounding community. According to the proposal, they would like to line the 1.21 acres of land with…