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This year, Cul2vate was blessed by the first female Cul2vator, Camille. Camille grew up in Williamson County (she is a native Tennessean!) and is a graduate of the University of Alabama. She was between jobs, was working diligently through some mental health issues, and had been volunteering at the Giving Garden in Franklin. Camille had worked at another local farm as well. The kind people at The Giving Garden knew she was seeking even more, and they suggested she contact Cul2vate!

Along with experience in agriculture, Camille brought a smile, hard work, dedication, and authenticity with her to the farm. She quickly found her place and has made an indelible mark for herself and future Cul2vators. She was impressed by the overwhelming supportive response from local people, organizations, and her fellow Cul2vators after substantial flooding hit the Cul2vate Farm in March of 2021. She thinks being a part of the rebuilding process brought her even closer to her teammates and has taught lessons in not giving up, replanting, and seeing an even greater harvest afterward. Her work at Cul2vate has proven extremely meaningful to her, especially being able to hand produce to food dignity partners like The Nashville Food Project knowing it will feed people who are food insecure. Her perception of what a “good job” is has changed during her time at Cul2vate. She now feels an affinity for what she terms “good work” – work with true meaning that comes straight from the heart.

“I was told if I was looking for a community, I would find it here,” Camille said. “And I did.” Camille is continuing her training with Cul2vate during these winter months in the pilot group of Cul2vator Phase II training. She is working to move on to another position in local agriculture and ministry after her time at Cul2vate. We cannot wait to see what God has in store for Camille and her bright future!

To hear directly from Camille, please watch the video below!