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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 […]

Kelly Crane


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 […]

Maureen McGonagle


Maureen McGonagle served as an Americorps VISTA volunteer and assisted the Blacksburg Farmer’s Market with a variety of programs and daily tasks. She worked on a SNAP double value program as part of her mission to bring healthy food to low-income people. The affordability of local produce is a primary barrier to access […]

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. […]

Garland Mason


Garland Mason is a graduate research assistant in the Department of Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education and currently works for the Appalachian Foodshed Project. Her passion lies in the development of rural areas through agriculture. She points out that building communication and trust with stakeholders is essential in the work of community food […]