Grow Jackson was founded by three young adults from the Jackson area who are service oriented and committed to working to help make our home a better place for everyone. Right now our board is still small while we get ourselves established. However, we are actively looking for community members who love Jackson and care deeply about addressing the issues of food insecurity to expand our board and provide a diversity of experiences, ideas, and perspectives.
Western High School Class of 2016
I am a recent graduate of The University of Michigan where I studied Environmental Science with a focus on Botany. I’m from the Jackson area as are my parents and the rest of my family. Grow Jackson is special to me because I know that community health starts with a good diet. I cannot wait to get our community gardens going because I love plants and I love vegetables. The work our team is doing at Grow Jackson is taking most of my time right now but when I am not learning about the nonprofit world and working to make our organization a more accessible and impactful group I enjoy reading, triathlons, spending time in the woods, and drinking good coffee.
Jackson High School Class of 2016
Hi, my name is Jack Dulworth. I am a senior at Michigan State University, majoring in Sustainable Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. I was born and raised in Jackson and plan to develop my professional career post-grad in Jackson. Being able to enjoy a meal every day is not a privilege but a basic human right. Through Grow Jackson, I am excited to help ensure that all humans can enjoy the basic dignity of putting food on the table. Outside of school and Grow Jackson, I love to walk through our city’s parks, read, and play video games with friends.
Jackson High School Class of 2018
My name is Max Toll, I’m a sophomore at Michigan State studying Environmental Sustainability. I care deeply about Grow Jackson’s mission because I recognize how immediately important it is that those who need nutrition for themselves and their families are better able to access it. I am from Jackson and lived only a few blocks from Foote hospital for the first eighteen years of my life, and I’m very proud to be a member of this community. In my free time, I like to go on walks or runs, read books and talk on the phone with my friends!
Lumen Christi High School Class of 2018
Hi everyone! My name is Karsen McCord, and I am currently a junior at the University of Michigan studying Public Health Sciences. I adore learning about nutrition, food systems, and ways to improve population health, so I am ecstatic to be apart of this team. I have lived in Jackson my whole life, and the idea of taking what I’ve learned in the classroom and using it to help people I know and love is something I am incredibly grateful for and excited about. When I’m not in class, I love to read, travel, and spend time outside with my friends and family.