After six years of incarceration, Tyler Campbell began volunteering with The Nashville Food Project for community service while staying at a halfway house. The work at the food project inspired him to go back to his 90-year-old grandfather’s land to grow food. He now sells what he harvests back to The Nashville Food Project in the form of beans, squash, zucchini, cucumbers and honey. “The land was always there,” he said.
When considering the move to farming, he recalled asking his sister what could be found on the farm. “Just an old leaning barn,” she told him. A metaphor for his own life at the time, he named the farm “Learning Barn” as he made plans to revive the land and turn around his life. Tyler continues to work the nightshift at a Tyson chicken plant to make ends meet while farming by day.
“You just gotta keep at it,” he said “and stay positive.”