Pronouns: They/Them or She/Her
As a queer, Iowa farm kid, Ash Bruxvoort noticed at an early age that stories in the media didn’t reflect their experience.
They began sharing their unique perspective as an editorial writer for their high school newspaper at age 15 and through a book blog, English Major’s Junk Food, that they ran while attending the University of Iowa for their B.A. in English and Nonprofit Communications. Through writing and sharing her story, Ash began to find like-minded communities.
Their love of blogging, writing, and online marketing led Ash into a career working for nonprofits and small businesses focused on local food, the environment, and feminism. Before launching Camp Creek Storytelling, Ash worked as the lead trainer for Women, Food and Agriculture Network’s Plate to Politics program and trained more than 1,000 women passionate about healthy food, family farms, and food justice to tell their stories and run for office. During their time at WFAN, Ash became a certified VoteRunLead trainer, and continues to train women considering running for office how to move people to action through stories. Their work as a storytelling coach has allowed them to work with women from more than 30 states. Ash is especially passionate about working with rural women and queer people.
Their work and writing have been featured in Civil Eats, Modern Farmer, Yahoo News, Edible Omaha, Democratic Left, Farm Forum, Precision Ag Magazine and more. She has worked as a communications consultant and writer for several organizations, including The Nature Conservancy in Iowa, Iowa Farmers Union, Iowa Food Cooperative, and many more.
Prior to working as a storytelling coach, Ash spent a year writing and working on vegetable farms in Iowa, California, and New York. While working on farms and as a Local Foods Coordinator for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Ash noticed a gap in social media training for the local food movement. She developed a program called Farming The Web to meet this gap and has delivered the program to several groups across Iowa in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Healthy Harvest of North Iowa, Practical Farmers of Iowa, Iowa Food Cooperative, and Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development.
In 2019, Ash took their experience with Farming the Web to develop a digital organizing and social media marketing training for advocacy and service organizations. The course, From URL to IRL, debuted at the Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Symposium.
Ash currently lives with their partner, Marti, in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Together they run Thistle’s Summit, a queer-friendly bed and breakfast featuring garden fresh produce.