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Chelsea Graves, Dining Services Student Farm Manager, Interdisciplinary Studies Major, at Virginia Tech Kentland Farms

Meredith Ledlie Johnson

Meredith Ledlie Johnson’s interest in the food system began while she studied farm worker rights in college. From there her interests grew to art, social work, and environmental stewardship. She moved from New York City to Virginia to work as a community nutrition coordinator for the Family Nutrition Program. She collaborates with farmer’s markets to minimize the negative impacts of food insecurity. Meredith encourages SNAP participants to shop at farmer’s markets and teaches healthy food cooking to families through food demonstrations and container gardening to youth. In the future, Meredith hopes to see more social change efforts in the region give attention to immigrant families and farm laborers to address social justice in the food system.

Here’s a link to Meredith’s full narrative: Meredith Ledlie Johnson

Keywords: Virginia, networks, youth, food access, healthy people, and social justice.

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