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Ashley Atkinson

Co-Director, Keep Growing Detroit, United States

Ashley Atkinson is the co-director at Keep Growing Detroit and she has worked in the field of community gardening, urban greening, and vacant land reuse for 20 years. Her career began in her hometown, Flint, Michigan, where she co-founded the Flint Urban Gardening and Land Use Corporation and developed the Clean and Green program for the Genesee County Land Bank. In 2001, she moved to the city of Detroit to work with Detroit Summer, a program of the Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership, and with the Detroit Agriculture Network to develop urban agriculture opportunities for Detroiters of all ages. In 2003, she helped design and launch Detroit's Garden Resource Program. Ms. Atkinson is a graduate of both Michigan State University and The University of Michigan, where she studied international development, community organization, and environmental/land use planning.