Dr. Cheryl Brown is an Agricultural Economist at West Virginia University. Cheryl believes that local food opportunities can create a parallel economy where people have more control over their livelihood and local businesses. She pays special attention to the community building aspect of farmers markets. She stresses the importance of collaborating and communicating between local food, farmers markets, and emergency food providers to build a strong community and food system. Cheryl’s story highlights how she has broken out of the traditional economist frame by using qualitative research to learn more about the connections between West Virginia’s emergency and alternative food systems.
Here is a link to Cheryl’s full narrative: Cheryl Brown
Keywords: collaboration, emergency food system, farmers markets, thriving local economies, vibrant farms, West Virginia