Sara McIntyre Named Executive Director At Crabtree Farms

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Sara McIntyre
Sara McIntyre

Sara McIntyre has been named the executive director at Crabtree Farms of Chattanooga. Ms. McIntyre began volunteering at Crabtree Farms in February, 2011 and was hired on as Urban Farmer and Volunteer Coordinator in March, 2012. In August, 2012, she took on the position of educational coordinator, and became farm manager in January, 2014.  

Ms. McIntyre, a native of Kansas City, Ks., has lived in Chattanooga since 2010. She has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Carleton College, Northfield, Mn., and studied Environmental Education through the Universities of Wyoming and Utah State Graduate Program at the Teton Science School, in Kelly, Wy. She taught science for five years at middle and high school levels, including one year at Baylor School. She hopes her experience as an educator both in and out of the classroom will enhance Crabtree Farms’ already established educational programs.

Crabtree Farms is a community teaching farm working to connect Chattanoogans with our local foodshed. Programs include the TasteBuds local food guide, Outreach & Education around gardening and local food, and “Dig In Kids” education programs. Will and McNair Bailey, along with Mary Moore founded Crabtree Farms in 1998 on a 22-acre plot of land that was donated to the city of Chattanooga.  Crabtree Farms serves as Chattanooga’s urban teaching farm, reaching across racial and economic boundaries and partnering with city and nonprofit organizations to educate Chattanoogans about growing and enjoying healthy, fresh food. Crabtree Farms is near downtown Chattanooga at 1000 East 30th Street in the Clifton Hills neighborhood.

Joel Houser has been the executive director of Crabtree Farms since 2010. He looks forward to the new opportunities for Crabtree and the community that come along with Ms. McIntyre’s leadership. “This is a great opportunity for a great organization,” said Mr. Houser. “We have extremely high expectations for what Sara will be able to accomplish with her passion, background, and proven leadership.”



Relics And Historical Items Needed For Inclusion In M.L. King District Mural

Public Art Chattanooga is encouraging the community to bring relics, mementos and historical items to be photographed and shared with nationally recognized muralist Meg Saligman. Ms. Saligman, along with seven local artists, will use the likeness of these relics to create a transformative mural on the AT&T Building at 300 E. M.L. King Blvd. in Chattanooga’s Innovation District. ... (click for more)

Dade County And The Arts - Art Within Community

For several years, a monthly open mic show featured a variety of performers without censorship.  I performed in the first show, watched it develop over time, and was in the audience during the last show. The show taught me how art can function in community. This type of community snuck up on me and seemed to develop slowly through the ritual of a monthly gathering time and ... (click for more)

Unexpected Amount East Ridge Owes On Fire Hall Property Rises To $603,000; City To Apply For Reimbursement

The unexpected amount the city of East Ridge will owe the state on the fire hall property in connection with the Bass Pro development has risen to $603,000. Earlier, East Ridge officials said the payment would be $428,000. City Manager Andrew Hyatt said Monday, "The Tennessee Department of Transportation notified the city of East Ridge that an appraisal of the city’s former ... (click for more)

Fire Breaks Out At House Off Highway 58

A fire broke out on Memorial Day afternoon at a house off Highway 58. A 911 call was made at 12:10 p.m. reporting a house fire at 6019 Hillcrest Dr. The Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department responded and found fire showing on an addition to the house. Firefighters worked quickly entering the addition to extinguish the fire from spreading to the main level of the house. ... (click for more)

A Memorial Day Reflection

I wish I could find that combination of words that would capture an inclusive meaning of Memorial Day.  I have attended many Memorial Day programs at the Chattanooga National Cemetery, so many that now they have merged into one memory.  But what stands out is that each year there are more friends and veterans to visit.  Some gave their all many years ago.  And ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Two More Kick Out UAW

Woody Hayes, the great Ohio State football coach, used to teach his players to “paralyze resistance with persistence” but, my word, the likable theory has taken quite a beating in the past two years at the NTN-Bower ball-bearing plant in Hamilton, Ala. The workers there voted to decertify from the United Auto Workers union two years ago but getting the UAW out the door has turned ... (click for more)