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Emily Jackson

ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project)

Emily Jackson is the founder and director of ASAP's Growing Minds Farm to School program.


In 2017 Emily was selected as a Culture of Health Leader, a national program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support leaders from all sectors that have an influence on people’s health to create collaborative solutions that address health inequities and move their communities and organizations toward a Culture of Health.

Growing Minds was one of the first farm to school programs in the country and a pioneer in farm to early care and education as well. Emily also served as the National Farm to School Network’s Southeast Regional Lead for nine years and currently co-facilitates the North Carolina Farm to Preschool Network. In 2007, Emily testified before the Senate Committee on Agriculture on behalf on National Farm to School Network. Emily has presented at numerous national and regional conferences and is a recognized expert in the farm to school arena.

She lives in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina with her husband, two dogs, two cats, and a varying amount of chickens. Emily aspires to write a children’s book and believes deeply that every child should have the opportunity to grow a garden.