Grow It Forward’s CEO and Founder, Amber Daugs, has worked diligently over the last five years to connect community partners and has laid a framework for Grow It Forward to serve as a local food hub within the City of Manitowoc.
She is extensively involved and is a leader in the local food movement. For two years, she participated in the development of Clipper City Co-op (a member-owned grocery), served as an AmeriCorps Farm to School Community Outreach Coordinator, is a member of Healthiest Manitowoc County's Activity & Nutrition coalition, is Manitowoc’s Farmer’s Market Manager, and is also the Minority Advisor for Manitowoc and Calumet County's Farm Service Agency.
Amber’s professional and educational experience includes urban agriculture, non-profit management, public and business administration, finance, business and project management.
Amber has earned many educational and professional accolades. She was inducted into two honor societies-Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Beta Delta, graduated with highest honors-Summa Cum Lade and achieved a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Franklin University of Ohio, and has earned certificates from:
• Victory Garden Initiative of Milwaukee Food Leader program, and now serves as mentor for this program over the past 2 years,
• Growing Power’s Commercial Urban Agriculture program,
• Community GroundWorks Growing Minds: Garden-Based Learning From the Ground Up program.
Her hobbies and interests include: agriculture and the local food movement, life-long learning, grass roots organizing, sustainability, art, music, civic involvement and social advocacy, gardening and growing delicious produce, canning, preserving, fermenting, cooking and baking.