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The Nashville Foodscapes Team

Jeremy Lekich
I was born and raised in Nashville, TN. I received my bachelors of science from Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC (near Asheville) and majored in biology (minor = chemistry). I focused on plants and systems design.

Warren Wilson is a work college, meaning every student is required to work at least 15 hours a week on a specific work crew in addition to the academic requirements. For the majority of my time at Warren Wilson, I worked on the landscaping crew. In addition to performing normal landscaping duties, I also maintained a diverse and mature Permaculture foodscape in front of the “Eco-dorm”. During my last two years at Warren Wilson, I taught classes and workshops on Permaculture and Foodscaping, along with guiding countless tours of the Eco-dorm foodscape.

I have interned at Ashevillage Institute, an urban permaculture laboratory and community. I helped to manage the permaculture garden and educate folks in the garden. During this internship, I earned my Permaculture Design certificate. I have also worked on a mature, complex and integrated permaculture farm in Southern France, with a focus on fruit tree care and maintenance.

Parallel to my permaculture studies, I have read and attended conferences on Bio-dynamics. I traveled to Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation in South Dakota to build a bio-dynamic garden at a Lakota Waldorf school. My designs and thought patterns are a fusion of permaculture and bio-dynamic principles.

I have designed foodscapes for clients in the Asheville and Nashville areas. My passion is growing food of all kinds and doing it in a way that is attractive and healthy for the individual and the community. I have come back to my native Nashville eager to work towards food security and earth restoration. I am a community resilience enthusiast and believe in the power of a localized economy and an inspired, well-fed community.

Raj
I was born in New Jersey and moved to Tennessee in 2005. I went to Middle Tennessee State University and majored in History with a minor in Political Science. My parents have agrarian backgrounds in Guyana, and I’ve enjoyed gardening since childhood. In this age of environmental degradation and climatic crises, I recognize the utmost need to regenerate the Earth, improve soil, and increase biodiversity, and am glad to take part in that process with Nashville Foodscapes. I aspire to have a farm one day, where I can grow food and have dairy cows. I enjoy gardening, meditating, reading, tea, and fishkeeping.

Garrett
I was born and raised in Clarksville, TN and have lived in the greater Nashville area for the last 8 years. I attended college at Austin Peay State University for Studio Art. After moving to the countryside of Hickman County, I developed my passion for horticulture while working on a biodynamic farm. There I was a part of the entire “farm-to-table” process. In my free time I enjoy running, loving on animals, cooking delicious foods, staying present and self-aware, and of course video games!

Kyle
I’m a world traveler having lived most of my youth in Uganda, East Africa, before moving to Grand Rapids, Michigan, to get my undergrad in Theater. After graduating I joined the Lutheran Volunteer Corps and served a year in Omaha, Nebraska, at a homeless prevention agency where I managed a food pantry. This ignited a stronger passion for food justice issues already combined with an interest in gardening and urban farming. I moved to Nashville in 2014 to stay in Nashville Greenlands, a community dedicated to social justice and urban homesteading. One here I served a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Hands on Nashville as the youth coordinator for their Urban Farm program. Now I work with Nashville Foodscapes to continue learning and practicing more about practical implications of permaculture. I hope to keep studying and experimenting with mycology, edibles and herbalism and working against food insecurity, especially for marginalized members of our community. When not in a garden or thinking about food justice, I’m probably brewing mead, engaging with current civil rights demonstrations, taking photos, or biking anywhere and everywhere.