RACHEL COCHRAN, Co-Founder
Rachel grew up riding horses in Atlanta, which served as the foundation for her love of the outdoors. She worked as an environmental specialist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for 12 years. A gifted science writer, she began a career in grant writing and grant administration at Georgia Tech in 2011. In 2014, she enrolled in the Denver-based Horticultural Therapy Institute to obtain a certificate in horticultural therapy. There she met Wendy Battaglia and the two began to share their passion for horticultural therapy and ideas to grow the practice of HT in the Atlanta area. Rachel believes in the power of plants and gardening to heal us and has experienced this first hand. As an intern at The Frazer Center, she gardened with adults with intellectual disabilities, and at Skyland Trail, she led therapeutic gardening sessions for adults with mental illness. Rachel graduated from Georgia Tech and holds a Master of Science degree in soil science from the University of Georgia School of Forest Resources. She lives in Decatur with her husband Chuck and two teenage daughters.