Originally from a small town in California, Jaime Plude moved to the Appalachian region and made it her home in 1998 after travelling extensively throughout the United States. During her travels, Jaime became passionate about serving vulnerable populations while developing and operating a grassroots mobile food kitchen project. Jaime earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work in 2017 and has been serving the community through working as a Shelter Associate and Service Coordinator at the Hospitality House of Boone. She has currently accepted the position as Program Coordinator of Blackburn Community Outreach and looks forward to continuing to serve the local community in Todd, NC. Jaime enjoys spending time with her three children, attending local events and is a certified Feng Shui Practitioner.
I moved to western North Carolina in 2004 from south Texas. After overcoming the initial culture shock, I fell in love with these mountains that I now proudly call home. I have lived in Avery, Caldwell, Watauga and Ashe County! In the summer of my 16th year around the sun I was introduced to the wonder of growing food by my foster grandmother. It didn't take long for me to realize I loved it!
I was working as a certified nurse aide and pursuing a degree in nursing when I was inspired by Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture's Female Farmer Profile Project to switch gears and study agroecology and sustainable agriculture. Being in the Sustainable Development department at ASU was a wonderful experience and opened my eyes to the truths behind our consumer culture and unsustainable agricultural practices. I so very much look forward to doing my part in nurturing a sustainable and equitable local food system here in the High Country.