Our Team

Together we keep moving forward.

Patrick McLendon

Executive Director
Wimmy wam wam wozzle!

Jason Craig

Jason brings to GRO an impressive knowledge of nonprofit executive management. ...

Our Board

Keeping the ship righted.

Bill Barker

Board Member
Bill and Lee Barker own and operate Emerald Springs Farm, it is focused on ...

Lee Mink

Board Member
Lee lives in Mill Spring and is married to April Pauley Mink, a Registered ...

Doug Harmon

Board Member
Doug owns and operates Harmon Dairy in Polk County with his brother Allan. Doug ...

Daryl Nelms

Board Member
Daryl is the owner of Swiftwater Farm in Mill Spring.  She is married to David ...

Frank Lilly

Board Member
Owner, operator, and viticulturist extraordinaire of Overmountain Vineyards....
More About GRO


Growing Rural Opportunities desires to be a place that brings together people dedicated to making our corner of the world a better place. GRO seeks to provide living wages, strong benefits, and to keep ourselves well in all aspects. We take time to eat together, drink together, workout, and destress in the best manners we can muster.