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.”