Chesney grew up with a country home life and an urban school life near Nashville, TN. She has grown to appreciate that balance more as she’s moved on. After moving to New Orleans for college, she connected to the land through urban farming. Beyond the technical skills of growing food, Chesney has learned many life lessons by spending time in the garden. In the broadest sense, sustainable farming/gardening has taught her respect, patience, and awareness. She has continued to seek out ways to learn from the land and recently, has been studying herbal medicine in northern Alabama. Chesney is thrilled to work with a team at McDowell to introduce students to the many lessons the garden holds for us.