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

Darcel Eddins

Darcel Eddins is the Executive Director of Bountiful Cities in Ashville, North Carolina. She is building the foundations of food justice and sustainability in her community through a number of community-based initiatives. Darcel has a keen understanding of the way low-income communities have been historically impacted by the injustices in the food system. Her work […]

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 […]

Virginia New

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Virginia has had a long career overseeing the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program in western North Carolina. She came to Extension with a degree in Home Economics and experience working for WIC. She finds meaning in her work by seeing people transform not only the way they eat but the way their self-confidence […]

McCabe Coolidge

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McCabe Coolidge is a co-founder of Plenty!, a grassroots organization providing programs to provide access to fresh, healthy food to families and individuals in Floyd County, Virginia. Apart from working towards eliminating food insecurity, McCabe is committed to building a healthy and supportive community with his neighbors. He thinks that the biggest challenge is […]

Karen Day

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Karen Day is the co-director of Plenty! She is excited and motivated to connect with people, and wants her organization to help build capacity within the community of Floyd. Karen believes that it is vital to invest time into building relationships with other organizations in the community. She believes that Floyd County has the […]

Maureen McGonagle

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Maureen McGonagle served as an Americorps VISTA volunteer and assisted the Blacksburg Farmer’s Market with a variety of programs and daily tasks. She worked on a SNAP double value program as part of her mission to bring healthy food to low-income people. The affordability of local produce is a primary barrier to access […]

Kelli Scott

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Kelli Scott is an Agriculture and Natural Resource Extension Agent with Virginia Cooperative Extension, Montgomery County. She stresses the importance of having good and devoted collaborators and also building a critical mass within the community. She sees relationships as the key to success. Kelli is working towards strengthening the regional food system for […]

Kristin McCartney

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Kristin’s extension role is centered on providing nutrition leadership and expertise to families across the state of West Virginia. She believes in building food, health, and farming connections to help transform the communities in which she works. Kristin is also involved in the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition as the chairperson of […]