Jaimie McGirt

In 2009, Jaimie left the coast to study at Appalachian State University.  Loving the outdoors, it was not hard to find her mountain legs once coming to Boone.  At ASU, Jaimie worked with Appalachian and the Community Together and Outdoor Programs, two university organizations prioritizing not just student development but service to the region where so many students come to live.  She encouraged her students to challenge their given label of “student” and act as community members truly engaged in the place they live.  In 2013, she received a BS in Community, Regional, Global Development from the Sustainable Development Department with minors in Community and Regional Planning, and Appalachian Studies. Her best work pertained to “resilience theory,” food security, and local food systems.

After graduating, Jaimie left the High Country to travel domestically with two friends (former members of the Blackburn House, actually) for one year.  Their first stop was Koinonia Farm in Americus, GA and Jaimie finished the trip at the urban, Food Forrest farm Norristown, PA. It was at Koinonia that she met her now husband, Matt.

After traveling, Jaimie fell victim to the “Boonerang,” as Matt had moved to Todd for residency at the Blackburn House in 2014 and they were done with long-distance, always poor-phone-reception relationship.  Jaimie took an AmeriCorps position with Appalachian Voices, a Boone-based non-profit, and served on two NC campaigns for her service term.  Newly wed, Jaimie has returned to Todd (having lived in the hamlet years prior), only now as a working member of the Blackburn House community.  She serves as the Community Organizing and Program Coordinator and she serves Blackburns’ Chapel as a Pastoral Care Assistant.

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