ASAP hosts over 20 interns per year in seasonal and part-time internships. Interns play an integral role in keeping ASAP running smoothly and helping us to fulfill our mission. Read on to meet our intrepid fall intern crew and then visit our intern page to learn how you can get involved next spring or summer!
Tyler Martin — Operations Intern
As an Environmental Management and Policy major at UNC-Asheville, Tyler is interested in how to make our local communities more sustainable. She believes that food is a centerpiece connecting creativity, culture, economics, and environmental concerns. Tyler is looking forward to diving into the nitty-gritty behind-the-scenes of a nonprofit organization with so much passion and experience. She spends her time cooking, reading, and knitting. And as a novice gardener, she enjoys plant identification and even got to pet a skunk while visiting the the WNC Nature Center this summer! She is a regular at the Lucky Otter in West Asheville, but her favorite dish to cook from her garden is kale with a peanut butter sauce.
Rebecca Jones — Growing Minds Intern
Rebecca found her passion for local food as a child while wandering the Western North Carolina Farmers Market with her family, and her love for farmers markets has only grown since then. She also spent 4 months earlier this year in Australia and New Zealand travelling and learning what it means to live an environmentally conscious and resourceful life. Rebecca is particularly excited to learn more about the local farmers and their offerings. As a Dietetic Intern she wants to share her passion for quality, healthy and local food with the kids living in the Asheville area. Outside of her work with ASAP, Rebecca loves to cook, practice pilates and yoga, and dance. In fact, she spent 2 summers as a professional dancer while in college at Appalachian State University. Her favorite local dish is the Early Girl Benny at the Early Girl Eatery, although the menu at the Lucky Otter runs a close second!
Maddie McIntyre — Communications Intern
Maddie spent many of her weekends and summers at a family farm in Northern Virginia, feeding the cows at dawn and picking whatever was in season in the afternoon. Those summers taught her how important local farms are to their communities, and she wants to be a part of making local food more accessible — especially to children. As a communications and marketing major, she is fascinated with how branding and promotion work on all levels — farm, market, and nonprofit. Maddie considers animals her most important hobby and misses her 3 dogs and her cat terribly while she’s at school! She always enjoys exploring new cultures through food and recipes, but her favorite local food is the fresh, clean taste of a Western North Carolina apple.
Libbie Dobbs — Events and Communications Intern
Libbie first became engaged in local food systems while working on her Master’s degree at Antioch University. While living in New Hampshire, she helped a fellow student start a small organic vegetable farm. Working with local farmers to transform a 25-year-old hay field into a thriving farm growing an abundance of food was a greatly rewarding experience for her. In June, Libbie, her partner, and their two cats moved to Asheville where she began a summer internship with ASAP, helping with the annual Farm Tour Event. She is continuing to help plan and coordinate ASAP’s events this fall and winter. During her free time, Libbie loves exploring the wild places of Western North Carolina through hiking, kayaking, and backpacking. She has also enjoyed discovering Asheville’s live music, art, and microbrewing culture. Her favorite local food can be found during the beautiful fall season of WNC — complete with winter squashes, crisp greens, pumpkins, and juicy apples!
Lorraine Mericle — Dietetic Intern
Lorraine spent an incredible three weeks in Greece gaining a true appreciation and enthusiasm for farming and organic produce through the World Wide Organization of Organic Farms (WWOOF) and she is bringing that experience to her work at ASAP. She wants to learn how to bring local produce into schools and other facilities where there is a true need for education and exposure. As a Dietetic Intern, she will be working on conference support, cafeteria taste tests, and cooking classes, along with a variety of other projects to fulfill her Dietetic Internship competencies. Lorraine is an active individual, who enjoys hiking, camping, dancing, reading, boating, and traveling. She also spent two and a half years as a lifeguard while in college at the University of Arizona. Her favorite local food is simply biscuits – a true Southerner!
As an undergraduate student at College of Charleston, Emily started volunteering at a school assisting with gardens and farmers markets. The more she worked with the local farmers, the more interested she became in learning about enhancing the relationships between local food sources and the community. While here at ASAP, Emily helped lead cafeteria taste tests and assisted in piloting a Share the Harvest program at the Asheville City Market among many other projects. Emily enjoys all Asheville has to offer through hiking, running, and yoga. And, of course, she loves cooking and trying new recipes! She particularly enjoys roasted beets with fresh goat cheese and local tomatoes with just a drizzle of olive oil, salt, and pepper. We would like to thank Emily for all her contributions as she recently completed her rotation at ASAP and is now working at Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program in Madison County.