Garland Mason is a graduate research assistant in the Department of Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education and currently works for the Appalachian Foodshed Project. Her passion lies in the development of rural areas through agriculture. She points out that building communication and trust with stakeholders is essential in the work of community food security. She also acknowledges the importance of participatory and collaborative processes in the development of a food system network in the region. Community-university partnerships play an important role in these processes.
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Keywords: Partnerships, Networking, Communication, Virginia, Cooperative Extension