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Kinsley announces retirement as editor of Grower
EASTON, Md. (June 2, 2015) — Carol Kinsley, longtime Mid-Atlantic Grower editor announced she will retire as editor and remain an editorial correspondent for American Farm Publications.
Kinsley served 17 years as the monthly newspaper’s editor and was one of its founders after serving in various editorial roles at The Delmarva Farmer and American Farm Publications.
In response to concerns in the horticulture industry that it was being underserved, The Mid-Atlantic Grower developed out of a supplement to The Delmarva Farmer, named “Little Acres,” with the mission of serving the region’s green industry.
This month, Kinsley will mark 35 years with the company.
Kinsley started in the circulation department of The Delmarva Farmer on June 9, 1980.
“It was a ‘foot in the door,’ I thought, to a career in journalism and it paid off,” she said. “I not only got to write and see my bylines in print, but I worked my way up to become editor of the Mid-Atlantic Grower.”
A few years ago, Kinsley “semi-retired” remaining at the helm of The Mid-Atlantic Grower and working from a home office.
“I’ve been busier than ever since then, and now it’s time to formally retire so I’ll have more time to spend in my garden and with my gardening friends,” Kinsley said. “I’ll still write articles occasionally, perhaps more so when it’s too cold to garden.”
American Farm Publications General Manager Renee Van Pelt said Kinsley’s leadership has been invaluable.
“Without Carol’s passion for writing and the horticultural industry, I don’t want to think about where The Mid-Atlantic Grower would be today,” Van Pelt said. “She has been the heart and soul of the newspaper and we, the news staff, will be taking over her responsibilities has their work cut out for them. We’re fortunate, however, that she’ll remain just a phone call away to help with a story and offer guidance.”
AFP editors Sean Clougherty and Kevin George will assume the editorial and design duties for The Mid-Atlantic Grower.