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MEET ASHLEY DOWLING, OUR NEW EVENTS MANAGER

You may already know Ashley Dowling. She has several years of experience working in Georgia’s Good Food Movement and is passionate about food systems work. She is joining the Georgia Organics team as our Events Manager. She will manage coordination of the Georgia Organics Conference, Georgia Farm to School and Early Care Summit, and Cast Iron and Collards Society member events.

What was your previous job?

Prior to joining the Georgia Organics team, I served as the Director of Operations for Community Farmers Markets since the summer of 2016. I often would say I wore many hats in this position, from overseeing the operations of five weekly farmers markets, to managing market staff and 100 + vendors, to event planning and execution, to juggling administrative tasks. Within this dynamic role, I learned the importance of effective leadership, decision making, and relationship building.

Who/What inspired you to do the work you are doing here?

I am inspired by many aspects and people within the good food movement. With years of experience in the food and beverage industry along with having worked at community farmers markets, I have had the opportunity to meet and learn from chefs, bartenders, market customers, community leaders, farmers, and food artisans. Through my experiences and the relationships I have built within the good food community I am continuously inspired by the work of others and I believe that together we can create a more equitable and sustainable food system that champions local farmers and producers.

 What do you hope to accomplish at Georgia Organics?

As the Events Manager, I hope to bring a fresh perspective to coordinating Georgia Organics Annual Conference and Expo. I also hope to curate unique and exciting events for our Cast Iron and Collards Society member program that will highlight Georgia farmers, educate consumers about the importance of knowing where their food comes from, and attract new supporters to the good food movement.

 What is your spirit vegetable or fruit?

My spirit vegetable is a red beet. It took me a long time to come around to liking beets, but now – we just get each other. We both have that earthy, kind of sweet, and very dynamic thing going on.

You can contact Ashley Dowling by email at ashley@georgiaorganics.org

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