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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 […]

Jerry Moles

Jerry Moles has a rich history of organizing people and communities across the world and locally in southwest Virginia. Most recently, Jerry serves as a facilitator for Grayson LandCare in Grayson County. He assists people to select goals, and in the process, helps discover what must be done to pursue those specific goals. Jerry stresses […]

Kelly Crane

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Kelly served as the executive director for the West Virginia Farmers Market Association. She is a strong proponent of sustainable agriculture and developing a vibrant production supply to match the demand for local foods in West Virginia. She shares valuable lessons about food system development and community education from her experiences as co-founder and […]

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 […]

Cheryl Brown

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Dr. Cheryl Brown is an Agricultural Economist at West Virginia University. Cheryl believes that local food opportunities can create a parallel economy where people have more control over their livelihood and local businesses. She pays special attention to the community building aspect of farmers markets. She stresses the importance of collaborating and communicating between […]

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 […]