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Meet ASAP’s Spring 2017 Interns

ASAP’s broad approach to supporting the local food movement in the Southern Appalachians means that we always have a lot on our plate. But thanks to our latest class of spring interns, we don’t have more than we can chew. These five interns are helping to run many of ASAP’s programs while learning more about the ins and outs of life at a bustling nonprofit.

If you’d like to get involved in our internships program, ASAP is currently recruiting for the summer season. Visit our internships page to learn about opportunities with our Local Food Research Center, Local Food Campaign, and much more!

Sera Butzen — Local Food Promotion Intern

Sera developed her love of local food in Atlanta, where she worked with James Beard Award–winning chef Hugh Acheson to form relationships with farmers and volunteer at community gardens. She moved to Asheville in 2011 to further her farming knowledge, and ASAP’s From Here classifieds helped her find opportunities to do so. Now, Sera is excited to discover the behind-the-scenes work ASAP does for the community — just as she’s excited for the spring foraging season of wild ramps, her favorite local food. When not working with ASAP, Sera leads Daisy Troop 12923 for the Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont Council.

Katti Carroll

Katti Carroll — Dietetic Intern

Katti grew up on a farm in northeast Missouri and has been passionate about agriculture and fresh food since childhood. She went on to earn bachelor’s degree in agricultural business and a master’s in health and sports science, a combination she plans to use to build connections between farmers and communities. Katti believes that these links can help support health and nutrition, especially for children and their families. In her free time, she supports her own health while enjoying the Western North Carolina scenery through running, hiking, and biking.

Lauren Tapp


Lauren Tapp — Dietetic Intern

Lauren began working with Growing Minds Farm to School Program last fall as an intern with the River Arts District Farmers Market. Through her work at ASAP, she hopes to build on her connections with the local food community and develop her understanding of nonprofit promotions. Lauren is currently a junior at University of North Carolina Asheville, where she studies psychology.  Her favorite local food break from her coursework is the sweet potato hash from Green Sage Café.



Emily Tomasik

Emily Tomasik — Growing Minds Taste Test Intern

Emily is inspired by local food’s potential to transform future generations, and she works hands-on with the newest local food fans through ASAP’s Growing Minds taste tests. She is excited to gain a broader perspective of ASAP’s work to promote sustainability and community throughout the Southern Appalachians. Emily enjoys any and all preparations of local sweet potatoes — as well as unicycle riding.

Daniel WaltonDaniel Walton — Communications Intern

Daniel became drawn to the local food movement after reading the essays of his fellow Kentuckian, Wendell Berry. He is inspired by the author’s vision of sustainable small-scale agriculture as a way to restore the health of both ecological and human communities. Using his master’s training in crop sciences and professional writing, Daniel wants to share the stories of local farmers, buyers, and food advocates. He is also an avid musician, performing throughout Asheville on cello and bass guitar.


Want to Intern with ASAP?

Interning with ASAP is a great way to gain professional experience and become a part of our region’s local food movement. We are currently accepting applications for summer interns (May–August, 2017) for the following positions: research, photography, communications, and local food promotion.

More information about the internship program is available on ASAP’s website. You can also contact us at

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