Ashley Atkinson

Ashley Atkinson will show us why urban gardens are about much more than just plants from her perspective as the Co-Director of Keep Growing Detroit.

Ashley Atkinson is an interim co-director with 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 also serves as the sustainable agriculture representative for the Detroit Food Policy Council and as an Advisor to the Restaurant Opportunity Center-Michigan and Grow Dat youth farm in New Orleans. 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.