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Growing Minds is a program of Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food.

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Emily Jackson: Culture of Health Leader

We are thrilled to announce that our own Emily Jackson, ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School Program Director, is one of 40 selected applicants as a Culture of Health Leader, a program co-led by the National Collaborative for Health Equity and CommonHealth ACTION with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Emily will join leaders from across the country to collaborate and innovate to solve persistent challenges and advance a Culture of Health—one that places well-being at the center of every aspect of life.

As part of the program, Jackson will work to improve the quality of early childhood education programs, which will help to alleviate many of the challenges faced by residents in the Southern Appalachians.

We know that Emily has been a leader in her field since the day she started her first school garden in 2002 at Hazelwood Elementary in Haywood County, NC, and as a founder of our Growing Minds Farm to School program. Thank you for everything and congratulations to you, Emily!


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