Stories by Region:

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 […]

Michelle Schroeder-Moreno

Michelle Schroeder-Moreno is currently an Associate Professor at North Carolina State University in the Department of Crop Science. She brings international experience in agroecology and sustainable farming to the Appalachian Foodshed Project. Michelle is wants to see more producers at the decision-making table to create tangible food system outputs in the region. She points out […]

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 […]

Emily Jackson

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Emily Jackson works for Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP), in Asheville, NC. She launched their Growing Minds Farm-to-School program and offers support to teachers, farmers, and child nutrition directors, locally and regionally, to implement farm to school initiatives. Through her experiences with ASAP and the national Farm to school Network, Emily illustrates how […]

Tim Richards

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As a grant program officer for the Community Foundation of western North Carolina, Tim Richards helps create opportunities for community organizations doing food and farming work, among other types of community development projects. As a goal, he actively seeks out projects to invest in and stresses the importance of financial sustainability and innovation. […]

Alphie Rodriguez

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Alphie considers herself first and foremost an educator. She has done obesity prevention work before and now works to create more accessible farmer’s markets and integrate healthy food into corner stores. She takes an interest in the cultural and political aspects of food and health, and connects this to her personal life experiences. […]

Diana Manee- Youth Empowered Solutions

Diana Manee works for Youth Empowered Solutions in Asheville, NC. She guides groups of employed youth in various community-based projects they decide on. Recently they have been working to integrate healthy food into a corner store within walking distance to several public housing communities that do not have easy access to a grocery store. in […]