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


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 […]

Karen Day


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 […]

Nikki D’Adamo-Damery


Nikki has worked on farms and food systems change and received a Master’s degree in Sustainable Agriculture from Iowa State University. Her main motivation to be a part of this work is her belief in social justice. She brought the Dynamic Governance decision making to the Appalachian Foodshed Project. She believes that her […]

Kelli Scott


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 […]

Tim Richards


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. […]

Debbie Lineweaver


Debbie has a love for preserving open space and rural communities. She took initiative to start SO Fresh in southwest Virginia, and has been committing her time to volunteer to get the organization off the ground and established as a non-profit. SO Fresh is building connections between growers and consumers and other organizations in […]