While most 16 year olds want a car to drive for their signature 16th birthday, Marcie Hutchings Bradberry admits her sights were not typical. She wanted, and received, a Justin Wilson Cookbook, authored by Southern American Cajun-inspired humorist and chef. The cookbook cemented a desire to cook and entertain for others that has since shifted into her fulltime career.
Marcie was a single mother who earned her General Education Development (GED) from the Adult Education program at Griffin Technical College* in 1995. She received an award for completing the program with one of the highest test scores in the state.
As she completed her GED, Marcie was the owner of a truck brokerage company before she worked in the food industry. When she saw a change in the economy, she decided to attend Southern Crescent Technical College to pursue a degree in Culinary Arts.
She worked as a lab assistant for the SCTC Culinary Arts program and graduated with a degree in Culinary Arts from Southern Crescent Technical College in 2010. She continued her education by earning a teaching certificate at Valdosta State University in Culinary Arts.
Marcie stated the education and experience she gained at SCTC prepared her for the workforce.
“We didn’t have the perfect kitchen, before any renovations were made to it, at Southern Crescent,” Marcie said. “I don’t think there truly is a perfect kitchen in this world. Learning to work with what we had prepared me to improvise.”
She credits SCTC Culinary Arts Chef and Program director Patrick Boutier as her mentor and the instructor who made an impact on her career. Chef Boutier said Marcie was an outstanding student who impeccably juggled her responsibilities as a mother, student and employee.
“I must say that in my 15 year career as an educator, I have rarely seen a student as motivated as Marcie, and the best part being that she did it with grace, kindness and always with the concern of others around her,” Chef Boutier said. “Marcie brings energy and enthusiasm to her work.”
After graduation, worked as an assistant pastry chef for Highland Bakery in Atlanta. Later she worked as a nutrition analyst then a Culinary Arts instructor for the Griffin-Spalding Schools. In 2017, she joined Eggslands Best as a member of the sales team before taking on her current role as owner of From the Farm @ The Dundee Café.
She said the various jobs in her background prepared her for the responsibilities of owning her own restaurant. “I’m always learning, and I hope I never stop learning,” she said.
From the Farm is housed on the University of Georgia Griffin Campus in the Dundee Café, the former historic Mule Barn, which was renovated last year for the restaurant and opened in the spring of 2019. The rustic eatery is open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and open to the public. Menu options, which include locally-sourced produce and fresh-baked pastries, and other information can be found on her company website, www.ItsFromTheFarm.com or on Facebook at From the Farm at The Dundee Café.
In addition to serving as a member of the SCTC Culinary Arts Advisory Committee, Marcie is a member of both the Griffin-Spalding and Pike County Chambers of Commerce, an alumni board member for the Pike County High School FFA and the Thomaston Community Christmas Kitchen. Marcie married Jamie Bradberry in 2012. The couple have two daughters, Kelli and Kara, and one “awesome granddaughter,” Emery Anne, who was born in March.
Do you know any alumni of Southern Crescent Technical College (formerly Flint River Tech or Griffin Tech) who contribute to their community and inspire others to do the same? We’d like to reach out to them as a potential spotlight as well. Send their name and contact information to Foundation@sctech.edu.
*Southern Crescent Technical College was formed in 2010 as a result of a merger between Flint River Technical College in Thomaston and Griffin Technical College in Griffin. Southern Crescent Technical College is a public, accredited, two-year post-secondary college serving the workforce and community needs of the citizens of the South Atlanta region including Butts, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Pike, Spalding, and Upson counties. Currently offering over 200 programs in the areas of allied health, business, computers, technical/industrial and professional and personal services, Southern Crescent Technical College trains students in the latest technology through programs that are specifically designed to meet the needs of local business and industry. From short certificate programs to diploma programs to associate degree credit programs, the College offers students the state-of-the-art training needed for students to make a swift transition into the workforce and help stimulate the economic growth and development of this community. In addition, Southern Crescent Technical College offers Adult Education/GED preparation courses and specifically designed industry training and continuing education courses to train today’s students for tomorrow’s workforce.