Elise Ashby

Chief Operating Officer, The RobinHood Group

Elise Ashby founded the RobinHood Group and serves as its Chief Operating Officer. In the last few years she has taken over the management and operations of the Union County Farm and Craft Market and she serves as the Chair of the Ag+Art Tour in Union, she is the co-Chair of the Catawba Farm & Food Coalition’s Policy & Planning committee and the RobinHood Group is the fiscal agent for the Eat Smart/Move More-Union County. She recently received the Olde English District’s Annual Tourism award for her community and volunteer work.

The RobinHood Group provides capacity building, institutional strengthening and technical assistance for income generation to farmers and agri-business owners. The organization has added education and access to agriculture and farming initiatives to enhance skills of veterans, ex-offenders and at-risk youth. The RobinHood Group helps individuals establish businesses and nonprofits, helps farmers and agri-business owners and with USDA/RD funding is creating a business and agriculture training manual to help individuals establish farms and agri-businesses.