GrowMemphis Community Garden Manager
Ashley began her professional career at GrowMemphis in 2013 as the Garden Program Manager. Ashley Manages the Garden Program staff, projects, and grants while supporting over 50 community gardens in the Memphis area. Ashley has also succesfully developed an annual urban agricultural themed workshop series and established the first seed library in West Tennessee.
GrowMemphis Community Garden Organizer
Jennifer was introduced to gardening at home as a child and those skills manifested themselves in the cultivation of her own home garden with her husband. Living in a food desert inspired collaborative work with her neighbors in Orange Mound to purchase and farm a vacant lot, which developed into a small-scale farm and farmer's market for the neighborhood. As the Community Garden Organizer with Memphis Tilth, Jennifer is a member of the garden team and assists with garden planning and management, teaches the garden Elective for Advance Memphis Students, Assists with farmers market operations and coordination, and continued multi-site community garden maintenance.
GrowMemphis Community Garden Site Coordinator
Mary serves as the site coordinator for the garden program at our hospital institution community garden in the pinch District. after Returning from a year of teaching in France, Mary discovered an unexpected love of growing plants. Her focus, since then, has been on the growing process and how it can feed and engage individuals and communities. She has volunteered on several farms and gardens, worked as a farm assistant on two local farms and expanded her knowledge of horticulture and home gardening by working at a plant nursery. She hopes to promote the importance of urban agriculture in the city of Memphis and to teach locals how to love good food, green spaces, and the community that grows there.
Bring It Food Hub Manager
Josh Conley grew up surrounded by agriculture in Northeast Arkansas and developed an early love for local food in his father’s garden and his mother’s kitchen.
Josh serves as the Manager of the Bring It Food Hub, an aggregate distributor of local produce and products, where he oversees the operation of a year long 400+ member produce subscription, develops new wholesale relationships with restaurants, institutions, and other wholesale outlets, and works to keep farmers farming, their businesses flourishing, and the Mid-South’s local food system thriving.
Bring It Food Hub Assistant
Rob is a proud Memphis native who graduated from Christian Brothers High School and studied biology at the University of Memphis. Rob worked for many years in retail where he discovered that he was a natural salesman, and his aptitude for working with people. Rob also worked for several years in a genetics lab studying crop carrot, the endangered Whorled Sunflower, among other plant species. He was a founding member of the University of Memphis Botany Club, where he had several opportunities to do service work around the university and the Memphis Botanic Garden.
Rob is an avid gardener, naturalist, and chef, actively maintaining a large vegetable garden and a backyard flock of chickens.
Asuka Taga Yow
Community Kitchen Coordinator
Asuka is the Kitchen coordinator and instructor for the Community kitchen elective, serving advance memphis students and food insecure communities in Memphis, through the tennessee department of health, project diabetes grant.
Asuka is a native of Osaka, Japan and is the mother of 2 wonderful boys. she has an undergraduate degree from University of Memphis and a Masters degree from Michigan State. She is excited to share her knowledge of food, her beliefs about the importance of home cooking and bring changes in how we eat, one table at a time.
Food Policy Coordinator, AmeriCorp VISTA member
Sara is an AmeriCorps VISTA Member with the City of Memphis, serving as the Food Policy Coordinator for the Food Policy Program for Memphis Tilth. Sara also facilitates and provides resources to the Food Advisory Council working group projects that promote food access and the local economy through policy work.
Sara provides research, resources, and facilitation for Memphis Tilth's outreach projects like the Farmer's Market Guide, the Local Food Guide, and Good Food For All. She is also working with Memphis Tilth's Bring It Food Hub program on Group GAP Certification for farmers and a food recovery program. Sara graduated Magna Cum Laude from Christian Brothers University (CBU) in May 2016 with a Bachelor's of Arts in English. During her time at CBU she obtained a minor in Sustainability and was involved with the University's food system. She was the founder of CBU's Food Pantry, president of the Student Sustainability Coalition, and member of CBU's food committee.