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McDowell Farm School

Farm Staff

Meet the team!

FULL TIME FARM STAFF

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Scotty Feltman, Director

Scotty grew up in the small town of Berry, AL where he roamed the woods and creeks surrounding his house and fell in love with being outside. After high school, he attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham and graduated with a degree in early childhood and elementary education. For the next seven years, he taught fifth grade in Birmingham where he first began using farming as an educational tool. He then transitioned to a high school teaching position within the system where he taught environmental science as well as developed and oversaw the programming and growing of a two acre sustainable urban farm behind the high school for four years through a local non-profit. As part of this program, he ran an internship with high school juniors and seniors growing and selling produce to the surrounding community while cultivating curiosity, hard work, and self sufficiency. Scotty was drawn to camp by the overall beauty and peacefulness of the land as well as the opportunity to live and work amongst a community of environmental educators. As farm school director, Scotty gets to continue to share his passion for teaching and sharing his excitement for the natural world and farming with the thousands of individuals that attend McDowell’s programs. Scotty and his wife Julie live at camp with their three children, Samuel (7), Betsy (4), and Susanna (2). He’s really really psyched about learning, climbing, exploring with his family, and getting his hands dirty in southern soil.

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Kelly Baker, Program Coordinator

Bio coming soon!

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Holt Akers-Campbell, Farm Manager

Holt grew up in Nashville, TN, and came to farming through starting a vegetable garden in his family’s yard during high school. He was a student farmer throughout his time at Wesleyan University and after graduation, spent the next five years as a professional market gardener and small livestock farmer. He has farmed in no-till operations, by draft horse power, and with traditional tractor cultivation in New England, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama. While a vegetable grower at heart, he is also a passionate swineherd and loves the art of home butchery and curing. He expects to graduate with a M.S. in Agricultural Education through the University of Tennessee in Fall 2021. He is enjoying exploring the fields and forests of Camp McDowell with his dog, Vergil.

SEASONAL FARM SCHOOL INSTRUCTORS

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Sam

Samantha is originally from central New Jersey, and most recently lived in Massmechelen, Belgium. Her love for travel started when she volunteered in Costa Rica in 2016. Since then, she has visited 13 countries. Sam’s other interests include vegetarian cooking and baking, attending live music events, and agriculture, which brought her to Camp McDowell. She has volunteered at several farms through WWOOF including an urban permaculture farm in Pennsylvania. She looks forward to sharing her passion for sustainable living and nature at Camp McDowell!

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Will

Will grew up along the banks of the Tennessee River in Florence, AL, where he cultivated a deep love of nature from exploring the woods, creeks, and canyons of the Tennessee Valley. He first became interested in agriculture through his grandfather, who would often solicit his help in his garden or take him out to the family farm in Limestone County. Will first came to camp with his church and shortly thereafter came to summer camp, which he went to from 3rd grade all the way to his senior year. Will loved Camp so much as a camper, that he returned for 3 years to staff, and since graduating from Vanderbilt University, is excited to continue working in his favorite place in the world as part of the Farm School. He is beyond excited to share the magic and beauty of Camp McDowell with all of our students and guests. Will enjoys woodworking and the simple satisfaction of a job well done.

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Zee

Zee is an eager learner, and loves hands on work. Zee is from Birmingham, Alabama, and has loved working on farms in the Birmingham Area. Zee did not go to college, but instead chose to dive into the hands on work of farming. When he is not out on the farm, Zee loves video games of all kinds, reads manga, watches anime and cartoons even to this day! Cows are Zee's favorite animal, but he is excited to share with you the other farm animals we have out at the McDowell Farm School!