Garden Manager, Design/Build
Ashley wasn't always a plant specialist. In fact, she was working as an Art Director in the Advertising world, generating concepts and designs for big brands, when she discovered her true calling. Attempting to take advantage of all that New York City has to offer, she decided to explore her budding passion for nutrition and local food, becoming an apprentice at Eagle Street Rooftop Farm. There, she realized that she could channel her love for design, nature, and health into a career, and decided to pursue this new path, signing up for the School of Professional Horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden. While in the program, Ashley completed a six month stint on a Biodynamic CSA farm in Southern New Hampshire, a time she cherishes for teaching her valuable organic farming methods. And yet, she found herself missing urban life, as well as the design work she'd left behind. At Brooklyn Grange, she is able to realize her dream of using edible plants in ornamental landscapes to engage her community with the natural world. When not attending a weaving class or floral design workshop, she can typically be found eating anything and everything made of maple syrup at the farmer's market.