Stories by Region:

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kevin Johnson

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Kevin Johnson wears a number of different hats, including farmer, market task force member, and food hub president. His commitment and hope for Alderson shines through. Many of Alderson’s initiatives thrive on organizational partnerships and support, and Kevin actively works to nurture those relationships. The Alderson Food Hub has successes under its belt […]

Elizabeth Spellman

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Elizabeth combines her farm experience, environmental and agricultural law degree, and admiration of the land in her work as executive director of the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition. Amongst other efforts, she is trying to build a social and physical network to transport food to markets across the state. Elizabeth believes food […]

Bob Jacobus

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Bob has had a rich career filled with a number of experiences that intersect with food production, environmental planning, and economic development. He has supported his community by helping groups apply for development grants and manages compliance for state and federal grants. Bob speaks to the importance of keeping the momentum up with long-term […]

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 […]