Jacqueline Smith Owner Growasis Urban Garden Consulting Inc.

Jacqueline Smith Owner Growasis Urban Garden Consulting Inc.

Jacqueline Smith

is an urban vegetable gardener, earth stewardess as well as the owner and lead consultant of GrowAsis Urban Garden Consulting Inc. on Chicago’s south side.  Jacqueline has experience in environmental sustainable garden practices and specializes in creating youth focused garden activities.  Prior to her current position in GrowAsis, she has worked in various leadership roles within the urban agricultural arena with the Chicago Botanic Garden, Urban Habitat Chicago, and We Farm America.  Her research on food security in Chicago has played a significant role on her entrepreneurial journey of empowering city residents to grow their own produce through organic methods.

There are education, certifications, memberships and volunteer work that shape the path Jacqueline walks on that led her to the vision of GrowAsis.  As a former youth development coordinator with Centers for New Horizons, she has created, instructed and implemented after school and summer camp garden activities for youth. She has obtained a B.S. degree in agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota on a 4-year academic scholarship and M.S. degree in public service from DePaul University.  The University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener program has given her training hours to be certified as a master gardener.  She has also written for the Environmental and Food Justice blog on Africanness and indigeniety in the Black farming community. Jacqueline is a former member of the auxillary board of the Delta Institute, an organization focused on collaborating with Chicago businesses and government on environmental resilience of the Great Lakes region.  Her volunteer service includes being project coordinator of the Green Lots Project (an organization educating and inspiring far south side Chicago community residents to garden) and assisting at the Healthy Food Hub marketplace in Chicago's South Shore community.