Aaron joined Grow Food Northampton as the Operations and Administrative Manager in June of 2021. Originally from Texas, Aaron came to Northampton in 2002. Their first experience growing food on their own was in the Grow Food Northampton Community Garden during the garden’s first season (They were 2nd in line for garden plots on opening day!). Aaron has a Bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Food and Farming from the University of Massachusetts. While at UMass, they helped create the Renaissance Kitchen Garden at the UMass Renaissance Center and the Wildwood Elementary School permaculture garden.
After college, Aaron worked with Just Roots for 4 seasons. After their first season serving as a farm intern, they stayed on with the organization and became the farm manager of the Greenfield Community Farm. Since leaving Just Roots, they have worked with a few small businesses and nonprofits managing operations and building systems to improve and streamline their overall business functions.
Aaron is very pleased to return to food justice work and to support Grow Food Northampton’s mission in this new role. It is a fabulous blend of their systems thinking and operations skills, as well as their passion for farms, food, and community!