The ABFPC would like to welcome Gina Smith as Program Coordinator. Gina has been managing the day-to-day operations of the ABFPC, and advocating and organizing for city and county-wide policy implementation around food justice, for the past several months as Interim Coordinator. Thankfully Gina decided to stay and we’re very thankful to have her join us permanently!
Gina moved to Asheville in 2008 after spending several years working with diverse communities in Catawba County as family services staff and volunteer coordinator for the area’s Habitat for Humanity affiliate. In 2011, she first got acquainted with Western North Carolina’s farming sector and food-security dynamics while collaborating with a handful of farmers and community builders to found the Oakley Farmers Market in her neighborhood. Since then, Gina has steadily developed strong relationships across the region’s food system through her work as a writer and editor focused on food justice, sustainability, and agriculture.