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

Virginia New


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 increases as a result of participating in EFNEP. She is troubled by the paradoxical relationship between farmer’s markets being viable for farmers while still maintaining affordability for low-income people. Virginia envisions a food secure community as one where all people will not have to worry about where their next meal will come from.

Here is a link to Virginia’s full narrative: Virgina New

Keywords: Extension, food access, healthy people, North Carolina, strong communities

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