About Me

I was born and raised in Henderson County and attended Spartanburg Methodist College and graduated with an Associates Degree of Science in Biology and then Mercer University for a BA in Philosophy. After college, I moved to Washington DC and worked at an environmental law firm and then Georgetown University in the Risk Management office. I moved back to WNC to serve in the AmeriCorps Project Conserve program and started working in Polk County with the Agricultural Economic Development office. After my term ended I became the first Director of the Mill Spring Agricultural Center and continued that position for five years helping promote local food and local farmers. Now I serve as the Executive Director of Growing Rural Opportunities, a nonprofit dedicated to assisting farmers in Polk County. I am a member of the Polk County Farm Bureau board as well as the NC Farm Bureau State Young Farmer and Rancher Committee. I also serve as President of Slow Food Foothills and a founding member of the WNC Chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition. I own and operate Blue Firefly Farm in Hendersonville, NC which raises layers primarily in an organic free range setting.