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Jessie Gladdek

Mower of Grass

Jessie Gladdek Bw

Jessie grew up on a sheep farm in Hillsborough, North Carolina. She attended Oberlin College and then moved to Boston, where she met her husband, Matt, and began a career as a photographer. In 2008 they moved to Durham, and slowly renovated a 1911 millhouse just outside of downtown. Over the next several years, in between traveling frequently for photo shoots, Jessie oversaw the renovation of several more historic homes, and started a small rental company that aims to offer affordable rentals within walking distance to downtown jobs. She eventually ended her photography career in search of the next adventure. Last summer, faced with the choice to either take over her childhood farm or see it sold, Jessie moved back “home” with her husband and two young kids, in hopes of continuing her parents’ long legacy of creativity and community. She is currently creating spaces for artists, musicians, and writers, and will offer spaces for workshops, retreats, and live events. She also hopes to partner with farmers and growers in ways that honor the land.