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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jessica Crum- West Virginia University

Jessica is in the early stages of her involvement with food systems work and drew her love of agriculture from growing up on a dairy. She is exploring the connection between farmer’s markets and the emergency food system in West Virginia. She was emotionally affected by the poverty she witnessed in rural counties, and hopes […]