The organization Cultivate Charlottesville was formed three years ago when three food-justice based groups decided to join forces. The group has been run by two co-executive directors in Jeanette Abi-Nader and Richard Morris. Now one is leaving and a replacement has been identified.
“Richard Morris will be leaving his position at the end of June, while Jeanette Abi-Nader will be staying on through December to ensure a smooth transition,” reads a press release sent out earlier this month.
Aleen Carey will take over the position held by Morris on July 1. Carey has worked for Cultivate Charlottesville since 2020 when she became the outreach and resource program director.
“[Aleen’s] commitment to Cultivate, to the community, and to our shared work is as evident as her dynamic skills,” the release continues.
Cultivate Charlottesville’s component organizations are the City Schoolyard Garden, the Urban Agricultural Collective of Charlottesville, and the Food Justice Network.
The schoolyard garden at Buford Middle School is currently being dismantled to make way for construction of a renovated and expanded school.
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