Once upon a time… there was a guy in Indiana who dreamed of being a farmer. He went to Purdue University (Boiler Up!) with a world-class agriculture program. Unfortunately ag didn’t offer viable career options, so he did the sensible thing and graduated with a business degree. His career path went in several directions from landscape business to healthcare technology professional. With farming always in his heart, he loved to landscape, garden and cook in his leisure time…
When we met I was a harried working mom of four. My “landscape” was clover (it was green and didn’t need mowing!), my “garden” came from Kroger and cooking? No, thank you. We were definitely made for each other. No really 🙂 We married and life was good. Really good. But something was missing. Until…
In 2016 I was called to a local CPA firm. Called as in my heart told me to because it was definitely not my dream. At this time, Clint had started
to pursue his dream and was planning a “market garden”. That’s when i met Bret & Cindy Bowlin. It was truly providential. They lived right down the street and we knew the same people but we had never met. Knowing their business was an “urban farm” of course I needed to know what that was!
Soon Clint & I visited Bret’s greenhouse. We immediately understood
the Tower Garden technology and saw a new vision. I could literally see the light bulbs flashing in Clint’s eyes like paparazzi. Seriously! Bret and Clint began fast friends and co-conspirators (my term).
In November 2017 Clint started Sweetwater Urban Farms and started building his own greenhouse. From scratch. With his own hands. It was super exciting and super hard. We both had “regular” jobs, two homes, a large family, etc. but we knew God was leading and going before us every step we took.
So what does this have to do with ATL Urban Farms? Good question.
As our plans were taking shape, Bret & Cindy’s journey was also taking a new direction. Bret’s Tower Garden expertise had made him a valued consultant with Tower Garden LLC and Tower Farms. They made the decision it was time to pass the ATL baton and believed we were good people to take it. I won’t go into the details but know there was a lot of prayer involved. Above all we knew God was leading us and the only answer was yes.
In February 2018 we took over day-to-day operations of ATL Urban Farms. In March we moved into our own greenhouse. In May (after tax season) I jumped into the deep end and began managing ATL full-time.
Every day has been a blessing. Some days more challenging than others. It’s an exciting adventure to learn to grow seedlings AND to grow myself. My mission is to be of service to help our seedling customers and our JuicePlus+ family create opportunities for others, to support the Tower Garden community and, above all else, to trust my heart, be faithful to our calling during this season and love the people.
xoxo! Sheree 🙂
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