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Brightside at Oakleaf Mennonite Farm
Born and raised in Rome, Georgia, Erin Cescutti began her career with flowers and ornamental plants before she became a farmer. While studying horticulture at University of Georgia, she worked at several gardens, including Barnsley in Adairsville, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, and the State Historic Park in Oyster Bay, New York. While looking for opportunities around Atlanta to gain farming experience, she came across Joe Reynolds of Love is Love Farm. In 2010, Erin began interning part-time at Love is Love while also working part-time as a mortgage loan officer. When the farmer at Oakleaf Mennonite Farm at Berea Mennonite Church in Atlanta left, Erin seized the opportunity. In 2012, she began leasing two acres of farmland from the church, cultivating on one. Her work feeds 20 CSA members, supports a few restaurants in Atlanta, and can be found at both the Grant Park and East Atlanta Village farmers’ markets.