Founded in 2013, GROW Local South Texas has garnered a well-deserved reputation as the leader of the local food movement in Corpus Christi, TX, and The Coastal Bend. We’ve earned this role by adhering to clear and simple values and a focused mission:
To cultivate a healthy community by growing the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable foods.
Under the direction of an all-volunteer board, GROW Local South Texas has grown from a grass-roots effort to employing a part time staff, hundreds of members and dozens of dedicated volunteers. Funding comes from memberships, individual and corporate donations, private foundations, and public grants.
Our main programs include:
- The Corpus Christi Downtown Farmers’ Market
- The Learning Garden
- A Monthly Education Workshop Program
- BAWKtoberfest, Corpus Christi’s Backyard Chicken Coop Tour
- Our Annual Farm-to-Table Dinner
- Living Local Summer Camp with Youth Odyssey
Aislynn Campbell, Executive Director
Aislynn is the founder of The Corpus Christi Downtown Farmers’ Market and GROW Local South Texas. She recently received nationwide recognition as one of 100 innovative leaders in agriculture, was named TAMUCC Outstanding Islander Alumni and Corpus Christi Under 40.
Cynthia Garcia, Programs Manager
Michelle Kish, Operations/Development Manager
Michelle assists in The Learning Garden, including garden harvest, garden maintenance and produce sales. Michelle, a talented writer, also assists with grant research and writing.
Tevin Gray, Programs Assistant
Tevin assists in The Learning Garden including garden harvest, garden maintenance, produce sales, educational garden activities, tours and partnerships.
Joel Trevino, Programs Assistant
Kyle Hoelscher, President
Tom Davis, Jr., Vice President
Monica O’Keefe, Treasurer
Amanda Bliss, Secretary
Joe Hilliard, Programs Committee Representative
David Nuss, Founders’ Committee Representative
Emily Dodd, Community Advocate
Rick Gomez, Community Advocate
Xavier Sandoval, Community Advocate
David Nuss, Committee Chair