Meet Our TeamPlant the Seed employs fun and accessible facilitators to coordinate our garden programs!
Mech (“Meesh”) comes to Plant the Seed with a background in sociology, farming, and outdoor education. Her love for facilitating outdoor experiences comes from her own fascination with the worms that poop and the ground that feeds us. It is Mech’s belief that every human deserves the opportunity to connect to the wonder and beauty of the land if they so desire, and that outdoor experiences have the capability of growing empathic, thoughtful, and resilient young people. Other interests include: cooking with friends, dancing, and social justice work.
Holly was born and raised in Western Kentucky on the same farmland her family has lived on for generations. From a young age she was a part of growing and preserving food, and those early experiences in the field and in the kitchen helped to shape the passions that brought her here to Plant the Seed. She graduated from Murray State University with a degree in Organizational Communication and moved to Nashville in 2004, where she has been active since in both the non-profit and food worlds. She first became involved in urban gardening and food security work in 2008 when she started a small community garden with a group of friends to serve the children she was working with in James A. Cayce Homes in East Nashville. This work was instrumental in shaping her views on poverty, food security and social justice. She hopes her work with Plant the Seed with will empower more young people through education and a connection with the earth and their food. When she’s not in the garden, she enjoys spending time with her beloved dog, Bear, and cooking delicious meals for all the people she loves.
Avi found her way to Nashville after living on the east coast for many years where she honed her skills as an artist, farmer, and experiential educator. Her background in the visual arts led her to a love of working with plants and helping others connect to themselves, their community, and the earth. She worked for many years as lead farmer and program director at the first Jewish farm-to-table summer camp located in upstate New York. It was there she got to dive deep into her roles both as a steward and facilitator. She truly believes that all people can benefit from the power of learning through play and exploring and nurturing their own unique creativity. In her spare time she loves baking pie, cooking and eating delicious meals, making up songs, and playing games with her friends!