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. Now our board has seven board members all committed to the financial sustainability of Grow Jackson, the expansion of access to fresh food, and a future for Jackson free of Food Insecurity.
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. I founded Grow Jackson because I know that community health starts with a good diet and because I believe food is a human right. When I am not working on Grow Jackson I work for Jackson College as an affinity liaison to the Hispanic/LatinX Community, and as a server in a local restaurant. In addition to Grow Jackson I also serve on the Environmental Commission and the Racial Equity Commission for the City of Jackson. This winter I will be going back to school to begin to pursue a Master’s in Education so I can teach English and Spanish.
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.
Aidan Sova is a recent of the University of Michigan with a major in Communication and Media. He now works as a Solutions Consultant at Google. He serves as Washtenaw County’s newest Human Rights Commissioner, Member of the State of Michigan’s Coronavirus Community Action Task Force, and Member of the Legal Services Corporation’s Emerging Leaders Council. Recently, Aidan was named a recipient of the University of Michigan Martin Luther King Junior Spirit Award. Aidan was also the City of Jackson’s Youth Citizen of the Year and State of Michigan Youth Volunteer of the Year. He is also a life-time student government member and previously served as the Executive Director of the Association of Big Ten Students, where he led the 500,000+ students of the academic conference. Soon, he will begin his virtual Masters program at the University of Pennsylvania in American Studies.