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Meet Our Interns!

ASAP has seven new interns this spring! Those include an Operations intern, two Growing Minds Farm to School Program interns, two Local Food Campaign interns, a photography intern, and a communications intern. Interns are an integral part in keeping ASAP running smoothly. We are excited that this is one of the biggest intern groups that ASAP has had at one time. Without further ado, meet the interns!

Clary Sage LambertonClary Sage Lamberton – Operations Intern: Clary will be working with the operations team to learn about administrative functions at ASAP. She is interested in local food because she loves to cook with local ingredients. Clary is a Management major with a focus in Nonprofit Management. She lives in West Asheville with her partner Jonathan, their dog Layla and cats, Dignan and Magic Slug. She’s an Asian Studies minor and she studied abroad in China last summer.



Elizabeth SagerElizabeth Sager – Growing Minds Intern: Elizabeth believes children need to know where their food comes from. By connecting children and families to farmers and local food, Elizabeth believes we connect kids to how food is grown and healthier lifestyles. She’s from a large family in Dallas, TX and moved to this area after graduating from college in Boston, MA. Her hobbies include cooking, reading the New York Times, traveling, running, and triathlons!



Kristen KowalcyzkKristen Kowalczyk- Growing Minds Intern: Kristen is studying Nutrition and Dietetics at Western Carolina University. Her interest in local foods originates from her interest in healthy eating. She believes that one of the best ways to ensure a healthy diet includes eating local foods. Kristen enjoys working with children and encouraging healthy habits in fun and creative ways. She grew up in Western North Carolina and loves hiking, cooking, reading, and yoga.



Jaclyn MaceJaclyn Mace – Local Food Campaign Intern: While studying anthropology as an undergraduate student, Jaclyn learned about environmental degradation, social inequality, and economic instability. She found that the most direct solution to these problems is localism: living, eating, shopping, and problem-solving on the local level. Jaclyn maintains a diet of at least 80% locally sourced food.  Currently she lives in a school bus turned log cabin, just outside of Asheville. Jaclyn is inspired by the multiple ways ASAP works to support local food.



Rose CaplanRose Caplan – Local Food Campaign Intern: Rose is working primarily on the Business of Farming Conference. She is a recent graduate of Warren Wilson College with a degree in Environmental Studies and a concentration in Sustainable Agriculture. During her time at Warren Wilson, Rose was a part of the college garden which showed her the beauty of growing food and the impact that it has on a community. She is very excited to be a part of the ASAP team.



Katie JordanKatie Jordan – Photography Intern: Katie is a photographer living in the Swannanoa Valley pursuing a degree in Visual Anthropology. It is very exciting for her to be working with ASAP and joining the local food movement in Western North Carolina. As a visual artist, Katie feels there is nothing more beautiful than fresh local food, and she strives to show the beauty in the food itself and in the connection between the food and our community.



Catherine StiersCatherine Stiers – Communications Intern: Catherine works with the communications team to develop and clarify ASAP’s message to the public. Her interest in local food stems from growing up in a small farming town and wanting to help local farming and the local economy thrive. Catherine is currently studying English Literature and International Studies as a senior at Western Carolina University. She is from Fuquay-Varina, NC, and she has a pet hedgehog named Reggie.



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