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P.O. Box 2806
Brentwood, TN 37024
Organization Details

Executive Director

Executive Director Mr. Monty Lankford III
Term Start May 2015
Monty's Experience: In 2010, Joey Lankford exchanged a comfortable life running the family business here in Tennessee for working in missions halfway around the world. In search of something Greater, the Lankfords left behind family, friends, and the familiar in search of a unique calling-economic development within South Africa's poorest communities. Between October 2010 and April 2015, Joey worked within the job-creation and development arm of a ministry called Living Hope. In partnership with his stateside church, Joey organized the funds needed to build two greenhouses while training 3 students from a nearby township just south of Cape Town. They planted and maintained 1,500 tomato plants that were sold to local market access partners. That platform, now fully managed by South African locals, utilizes 13 greenhouses and a crop rotation of 7,000 plants to train, disciple, empower, and job-place up to 15 people annually. In early 2015, Joey, Courtney, and their 5 children came back to Tennessee with a sense of calling and a passion to engage poverty and hunger using what they had learned in Africa. Joey, with a group of close friends, started Cul2vate and Joey has led the organization since his return from Africa. He has worked tirelessly to build the farm at Ellington Agricultural Center, promote and engage local partners, bring greater awareness to hunger, addiction, and unemployment, and work alongside those needing a hand up. In 2016, a farm was created on a field at Ellington Agricultural Center. That farm has grown and prospered. He looks forward to the future as Cul2vate becomes a central hub for produce growing, food insecurity conversations, and creating community around those coming out of incarceration or in recovery.

Senior Staff

Name Title
Jennifer Diehl Development and Communications Manager
Jimmt Hobbs Farm Manager


Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 2,000
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 100%

Plans & Policies

Does your organization have a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does your organization have a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
When was the Strategic Plan adopted? November 2021
Does your organization have a Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Does your organization have a Policy and Procedure Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Does the organization have a Whistle Blower Policy? Yes
Does the organization have a Document Destruction Policy? Yes


Is there a formal evaluation for... Frequency (if applicable)
CEO/Executive Director Yes Annually
Senior Management Yes Semi-Annually
Non-Management Yes Annually

External Assessments and Accreditations

Assessment/Accreditation Year

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Cul2vate's staffing remains small in number. As we grow and mature, we see the need for a more robust staff. That will also call for a larger compensation budget.