We are thrilled to announce our keynote speaker for the Annual Celebration,  Keep Growing Detroit’s Co-Director, Ashley Atkinson.  Ashley has an impressive background in food related work and we are happy to have her.  See her full bio below and be sure to join us on March 20th!

Ashley Atkinson has worked in the field of community gardening, urban greening, and vacant land reuse for 17 years. Her career began in her hometown, Flint, Michigan, where she co-founded the Flint Urban Gardening and Land Use Corporation and developed the Clean and Green program for the Genesee County Land Bank. In 2001 she moved to the City of Detroit to work with Detroit Summer, a program of the Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership and the Detroit Agriculture Network to develop urban agriculture opportunities for Detroiters of all ages. For a decade she served as the Director of Urban Agriculture and Openspace at The Greening of Detroit where she and her staff supported a growing network of urban gardens and operated multiple urban farms and nationally recognized programs.

Ashley currently serves as the Co-Director of Keep Growing Detroit, an urban agriculture focused organization that provides resources and support for more than 1,400 gardens and farms in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park. She is also the sustainable agriculture representative of the Detroit Food Policy Council, an organization dedicated to promoting an equitable and robust local food system in Detroit through its work in community engagement, education, and public policy.

Ashley is a graduate of both Michigan State University and The University of Michigan where she studied International Development, Community Organization, and Environmental/Land Use Planning. In 2012 she was one of ten young people selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to receive their Young Leaders in Health award in celebration of the foundation’s 40th Anniversary.

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Please join us in welcoming Ashley on Friday, March 20th.  RSVP, here.