Janis Norton

Janis wakes up quite early every morning with a focus on Community, Family, Resilience and Education. With those driving forces at play, it is no wonder that she came to join the team at The Great American Seed Up team as Manager and the newest Partner through her work with The Urban Farm.

Janis is a graduate of the Arizona State University, School of Sustainability, earning her BS in Sustainability. And although she had a strong desire to help educate and strengthen her community with sustainability methods, she did not realize how much she could do with the local food system until her Sustainable Food and Farms class. This is when it became obvious all her previous misconceptions of having a ‘black’ thumb were no longer obstacles. Soon after that class she became motivated to learn all she could about gardening and urban farming while using her organization and project management skills to help facilitate a couple larger events and of course The Great American Seed Up quickly became one of her favorite projects.

She has been an active part of the Urban Farm core team as the General Manager as well as the Podcast Producer where she is bringing her enthusiasm and cheerful attitude to her projects like the Urban Farm Nursery’s Fruit Tree Program and the Urban Farm Podcast.

She is a proud mother of three young adult sons, and with her husband Bob she is learning what an ‘empty nest’ means. She is working on getting her new orchard and garden ready for her first grandchild.

Janis can be reached at janis@urbanfarm.org.