Germaine was born in Hartsville, South Carolina, but grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. When Germaine was a 25-year-old single mom, she moved back to her native South Carolina to be closer to family and eventually finish her college education. After graduating with honors from Johnson & Wales University, Germaine focused on work that addressed her lived experience of inadequate food access.
In 2014, Germaine co-founded Fresh Future Farm on a vacant city lot with limited resources. For the last six years she has led a team that created abundance in a disinvested neighborhood. Jenkins has been featured in Food & Wine, New York Times, Essence Magazine and is now the subject of a full-length documentary describing Fresh Future Farm’s work to build community wealth and creative placemaking.
Germaine’s movement allies include Urban Growers Collective (Chicago), CooperateWNC (Old Fort, NC), Black Minimalists, League of Creative Interventionists, Equity at the Table (EATT), and Black Lives Matter of Greater NY.