Our Team

Together we keep moving forward.

Patrick McLendon

Executive Director
Wimmy wam wam wozzle!

Erika McMillan

Farmers' Markets Manager
A native to N. Kentucky, Erika spent her summers on her grandparents 150 acre ...

Our Board

Keeping the ship righted.

Lee Mink

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

Daryl Nelms

Vice-Chairman
Daryl is the owner of Swiftwater Farm in Mill Spring.  She is married to David ...

Doug Harmon

Secretary/Treasurer
Doug owns and operates Harmon Dairy in Polk County with his brother Allan. Doug ...

Bill Barker

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

Russ Pitts

Board Member
Russ Pitts is a technology and program management consultant in Lake Lure, ...

Frank Lilly

Chairman
Owner, operator, and viticulturist extraordinaire of Overmountain Vineyards....

Daryl Hardin

Board Member
Born in Rutherford County, Daryl has lived in the Pea Ridge community in Polk ...
More About GRO

Culture

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.