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ASAP’s Fall 2014 Interns

An internship with ASAP provides the opportunity for people to learn how ASAP supports the local food movement in Western North Carolina.  Each of our fall interns have found a niche in one of our departments including, the Local Food Campaign, Growing Minds Farm to School Program, the Local Food Research Center and many more!  The team at ASAP includes some of the most enthusiastic and hard-working people around and our interns are no exception. Meet our Fall 2014 interns!

 Pam Crutsinger- Dietetic Intern

Pam graduated with a nutrition degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and is currently completing her dietetic internship through Lenoir-Rhyne.  One of her favorite parts of working with ASAP includes conducting taste tests for Growing Minds where she gets the opportunity to interact with kids and introduce them to local fruits and vegetables. Upon completion of her internship, Pam hopes to become a registered dietitian specializing in either pediatric or sports nutrition.  In her free time, she likes browsing farmers markets, eating apple butter doughnuts from Sweetheart Bakery, and coming up with new and exciting ways to incorporate local food into recipes.

Ben Woodard- Local Food Research Center Intern

Ben is working this fall with ASAP’s Local Food Research Center. A native of Rome, Georgia, he developed a research interest in local food systems and community power while studying geography at the University of Georgia. When he’s not exploring mountain bogs or searching for edible forest treats with students as an environmental educator, you can find him exploring all the outdoor experiences the wonderful Southern Appalachian region has to offer. Ben looks forward to continuing his education with University of Georgia Athens’ Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication program in 2015.

Kalie Peyton- Dietetic Intern

Kalie is a dietetic intern on the Growing Minds team at ASAP this fall. She graduated from Appalachian State University in May 2013 which is where she fell in love with the mountains of Western North Carolina. Her favorite part about working with Growing Minds is the challenge of getting kids to try new, local fruits and vegetables, and the reward when they try it and like it! She can’t wait to be a registered dietitian next year and wants to change the lives of kids and their families through nutrition. A few of Kalie’s favorite things to do are cook, travel, snowboard, and watch the sunset!

Kim Knoppel- Operations Intern

Kim is a graduate student at Western Carolina University working towards her Master of Health Sciences in Health Education. Prior to graduate school, she worked as an administrative manager for a popular, for-profit recreational company. Kim has enjoyed experiencing the different culture of working in a non-profit as opposed to for-profit. She is looking to learn more about the grant writing and management process at ASAP first hand. In addition to the operations internship, Kim is also a Growing Minds fellow. When she’s not busy with ASAP, school work, and waiting tables, she enjoys hiking, gardening, or going on a run. She looks forward to applying the skills she’s gained as a future health educator.

Lauren Hoffman- Communications Intern

Lauren graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from Gordon College in Massachusetts. Since graduating, Lauren has traveled across the country pursuing her interests in farming, cheese-making, and fermentation. As a communications intern, Lauren is excited to be involved with the Business of Farming Conference. Her dream is to open a sustainable hostel and educational facility where community members and visitors can take or teach classes in sustainable growing, eating, and living. Until then, she is determined to get as much experience supporting the local food movement as possible with ASAP.

Kelly Vormelker- Local Food Guide Intern

Kelly is working on the 2015 Local Food Guide with ASAP. As a recent transplant to the area, this is an excellent way for her to become familiar with the local food scene of Asheville. She also works at the Foothills Butchery & Deli and Curate Tapas Bar. It is her goal to immerse herself in the food scene, with a focus on the service industry, and with the hope of finding her own way to create positive change within it.

Greg Parlier- Communications Intern

After reporting for a daily newspaper in Florida for two years, Greg was ready to switch gears and take a more active role in a trade he found both fascinating and integral to our future: organic agriculture. Naturally, he came to the gorgeous mountains of Western North Carolina, where he worked on numerous small, organic-practicing farms and farmsteads for three months before joining the ASAP team. As a communications intern, he has contributed numerous posts to this blog, including one story on what makes the region’s tailgate markets successful behind the scenes. He hopes to continue to explore what makes this region’s agriculture scene successful, and how to can make it even better. Plus, he wants to walk around the woods, plant things, and ride his bike in his new hometown.

Hanna Zalesky- Events and Communications Intern

Hanna is enjoying her internship with ASAP as she supports a variety of activities in the Communications and Local Food Campaign departments. Her most recent project involved processing data from ASAP’s Farm Tour. When not working at ASAP, Hanna co-manages the East Asheville Tailgate Market, and loves hiking and running. She is interested in the way that local food contributes to a more socially and environmentally sustainable food system and how supporting local farms and markets benefits the local economy and can help alleviate food access issues.

David Smiley- Local Food Campaign Intern

David graduated from Florida State University with a degree in biology. He is currently studying for a master’s degree in Agroecology through the University of Florida’s  distance learning program.  He has been working with ASAP on a variety of projects including, helping farms and retailers get Appalachian Grown certified, the Farm Tour, agricultural extension outreach and the Local Food Guide. He would like to continue working for farm advocacy or agricultural based research. When he is not working at ASAP he is hiking, playing soccer, or gardening.


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 Spring interns (January-May, 2015) for the following positions: research, photography, media and communications, non-profit operations, and more.

There’s more information about the internship program on ASAP’s website or contact us at

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