Jacqueline A. Smith

Owner of GrowAsis

 Jacqueline is an urban vegetable gardener, earth stewardess as well as the owner and lead consultant of GrowAsis Urban Garden Consulting Inc. on Chicago’s south side.  Jacqueline has experience in environmental sustainable garden practices and specializes in creating youth focused garden activities.  

Prior to her current position in GrowAsis, she has worked in various leadership roles within the urban agricultural arena with the Chicago Botanic Garden, Urban Habitat Chicago, and We Farm America.  Her research on food security in Chicago has played a significant role on her entrepreneurial journey of empowering city residents to grow their own produce through organic methods.  


  • B.S. degree in agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota on a 4-year academic scholarship 
  • M.S. degree in public service from DePaul University

University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener program has given her training hours to be certified as a master gardener.  She has also written for the Environmental and Food Justice blog on Africanness and indigeniety in the Black farming community. 


  • Winner of Green America's 2017 Green Planet Green People Award
  • Speaker at Macy's Flower Show 2017

Jacqueline's Professional Garden Portfolio

Volunteer Service

  • Co-coordinator of Green Lots Project, an organization educating and inspiring far south side Chicago community residents to garden
  • Assisting at the Healthy Food Hub marketplace in Chicago's south suburbs  


Permaculture design, Black Oaks Center for Sustainable and Renewable Living, Pembroke, IL. October 2017