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Charles Greenlea

Habesha
Program Director
Atlanta, GA
Charles Greenlea’s roots run deep in the red clay of Georgia’s soil. A resident of Atlanta, Ga, and the descendant of a long line of farmers, educators, entrepreneurs, and activists, Charles was cultivated to serve his community in a very unique way. Since he began nurturing his interests in agriculture and food systems almost six years ago, Charles has managed several urban farms including Metro Atlanta Urban Farm, college gardens on the campuses of Spelman College in Atlanta,  and Tougaloo College in Mississippi, piloted a mobile farmer’s market in Atlanta’s underserved neighborhoods, and has also taught agriculture and environmental science in the public school systems of Jackson, MS and Atlanta, GA. As the Program Director for HABESHA, Inc., a 501c3 whose mission is to cultivate leadership in youth and families, Charles manages the operations of agricultural programs that serve children, adults, and senior citizens. More recently, Charles has completed a training in tropical agriculture development from Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization (ECHO) in Ft. Meyers, Fl, as well as a training around bamboo cultivation and construction from the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to better assist HABESHA with the development of the Kweku Andoh Sustainability Institute in Ghana, West Africa. Charles is also a member of the 2017-18 cohort of the Small Farmers Leadership Institute through Southern University. Charles loves food, people and being physically active. He enjoys the work he does and sees it as an opportunity to share his personal lifestyle with others as a means to strengthen communities.