Our Team

Lexy Close

Educator and Organic Gardener

Lexy Close loves to grow food, eat it, and share it with her community.  She studied International Development and Social Change at Clark University in Worcester, MA.  After graduation, she spent time working in Tanzania and then took seven months to WWOOF around Italy, the UK, and Belgium.  She returned home to Johnson City in 2010 and has found enough fun things to keep her occupied that she’s never quite made it to leaving again.  For her day job, she works as a Program Director for the Appalachian RC&D Council, running BIU and the Field School, a beginning farmer training program.  Her latest hobby is raising her new son to be a dirt lover and veggie eater and hopefully her gardening assistant, when he learns how to walk, that is.

Lyn Govette

Program Assistant & Community Garden Manager

Lyn Govette lives and works in Johnson City. She is one of the founders of and the coordinator of the Tree Streets Garden Project for the past eight years. Over the past five years she’s worked with students at Topper Academy in learning gardening and cooking what they grow. She’s also an artist who practices socially engaged art.

Sheri Cooper

Science Hill High School Employability and Transition Coach. 

Sheri guides students through entrepreneurship opportunities in market gardening, catering, and other local food related projects. 

I am “me” and I care about “we.”

Taylor Malone

Taylor Malone was born in Memphis, lived the majority of his life in Nashville, and now calls Johnson City home. You might say the Appalachian Mountains, music, and culture have captured his heart. Taylor graduated from ETSU in 2014 with a degree in the Philosophy, Religion, and Digital Media departments. He is very excited to foment a food revolution in Johnson City. A forest frolicker his whole life, he hopes to bring a little of the wild into well-kept lawns in the creation of community edible parks throughout the city. Having cultivated gardens and worked on a farm full-time, he’s also very interested in urban farming initiatives – in particular the creation of a community greenhouse in the downtown area. With the belief that philosophy begins in wonder, and that few are filled with wonder like children, Taylor especially hopes to engage the youth in the glories of getting one’s hands in the humus

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