Originally from South Louisiana, Rachel grew up accustomed to large family gatherings and the power of food to connect people. Rachel eventually moved with her family to the Texas Hill Country and spent several years actively involved with the extensive camp community found there. She worked with a number of camps in the area but spent the majority of her time at Camp Waldemar where she went as a camper and then spent several years as a riding instructor.
Throughout her life, Rachel has been lucky enough to spend a great deal of time in the great outdoors, developing a deep love and appreciation for the natural world. While in college at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Rachel studied Resource Biology and Biodiversity with a particular focus on ethnobotany among rural Acadian communities. From there she attended Auburn University and completed a MS degree in Horticulture with a focus on plant propagation and sustainable agriculture in remote and economically vulnerable communities.
While in graduate school Rachel had the great fortune to meet her husband and partner Phil McGlynn, whom also works at Green River Preserve as farm manager, mentor, musician, carpenter, mechanic, and who knows what else!
Both Rachel and Phil joined the GRP team in the spring of 2013 as the full time farm managers. From that time, they have both come to love the land and the life here on the Green River and continue to expand the farm offerings. Some of their projects have included hosting a pollinator awareness event featuring Dar Williams, initiating the KALE program as a way to share the GRP farm with the local community, and expanded fundraising activities by starting the now annual Fall Farm Feast. They are both very excited about exploring the many ways to incorporate more of our GRP farm produce into the GRP menus!!
When not cooking or farming for GRP, Rachel & Phil enjoy kayaking, traveling, reading, playing music, hiking, and spending time with their numerous animal & human friends. Rachel regularly teaches farming and gardening classes at local conferences and Blue Ridge Community College. She also operates Meriwether Gardens Flower Farm, selling flowers at local markets as well as providing floral designs services for events. Cooking has been one of Rachel’s favorite past times since childhood. She has always believed in the potential for food to change each of us as individuals, and as communities. She also remains firmly convinced that healthy eating can, and should, be fun and delicious!