Jill Clark, John Glenn School of Public Affairs, Ohio State University

Jill Clark is an assistant professor in the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at Ohio State University.  Jill’s research and service centers on food and agricultural system policy, planning and economic development, along with sustainable food markets and infrastructure. She is interested in the dynamics between urban and rural, producer and consumer, alternative and conventional, and global and local aspects of food systems. Current funded research focuses on opportunities for connecting food security and agricultural economic development policy initiatives,

Carrie Edgar, University of Wisconsin Extension

Carrie Edgar is Department Head & Community Food Systems Educator for Dane County UW-Extension.  Her work focuses on food systems and community capacity building.  Her experience includes farm to school, grower education, and school & community garden development. Carrie staffs the Dane County Food Council and is a member of the Madison Food Policy Council. Carrie started the Dane County Food Coalition to bring together food system organizations to develop a shared vision and work more collaboratively. She has a …

Joanna Massey Lelekacs, North Carolina State University

Joanna is the Extension and Training Coordinator for NC Growing Together (NCGT) which is developing models for connecting small and mid-sized farmers with retail and military markets. She also serves as the Coordinator for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Local Foods Program, the training and resource dissemination mechanism for the outputs of the NCGT and other NC Cooperative Extension local foods programs and projects. In 2010, Joanna began working with Cooperative Extension through the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS),

Matt Benson, USDA

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Matt Benson is a Program Analyst at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) working on its Farm to School Program. He is housed within the Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS). Matt is responsible for managing OCFSs research and evaluation portfolio including the Farm to School Census and tracking impacts of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program. Prior to joining the USDA, Matt finished his PhD at Virginia Tech majoring in Agricultural …

Lauren Gwin, Oregon State University

Lauren Gwin is an Assistant Professor and Extension Food Systems Specialist at Oregon State University, and the Associate Director of the OSU Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems. Her work focuses on policy and regulations, small-scale processing, and distribution and marketing within local and regional food systems. She co-founded and coordinates the national Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network, an eXtension Community of Practice. Her Ph.D. is in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, from the University of California, Berkeley. …

Brian Raison, The Ohio State University

Brian Raison serves as an Assistant Professor at Ohio State University with over 17 years in the Department of Extension. His specializations are in Organizational Development (process facilitation; strategic planning; vision-mission; co-op and non-profit assistance) and Community Wellness (local food systems; individual and community health; building networks). He holds a BS from OSU’s Fisher College of Business, a MA in Sociology from Ohio University, and a PhD in Agricultural Extension Education from Ohio State. He also volunteers with several faith-based …

Sharon Lezberg, University of Wisconsin


Sharon Lezberg, PhD, is the Community, Natural Resources, and Economic Development (CNRED) Educator at Dane County UW-Extension (Madison, WI). Her primary areas of focus are: organizational, leadership, and community development; community economic development; food systems; and natural resources. Previously, Lezberg worked as an Associate Scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on research and outreach projects addressing community, local and regional food systems (food security/food access wtihin local food systems), bioenergy training, women in sustainable agriculture, and on-farm environmental management planning. …

Phil D'Adamo-Damery, Virginia Tech

Phil D'Adamo-Damery

Phil D’Adamo-Damery is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education, at Virginia Tech. He works for the USDA AFRI-funded Appalachian Foodshed Project. Phil’s research interests are related to the development of food systems that are more socially just and reflective of a community’s needs, assets, and culture. His dissertation research focused on narrative and affect as a means to expand our political imaginations of possible food system transformation. Phil received his B.S. degree …

Kim Niewolny, Assocaite Professor at Virginia Tech

Kim Niewolny

Kim Niewolny is an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech. Her scholarship centers on the role of power and equity in community education and development praxis with a specific focus on social justice and food systems. Her work is grounded in asset-based community development; critical pedagogy, action research; and narrative inquiry. Current funded initiatives emphasize the political praxis of community food work, Appalachian community

Cole Ehmke, University of Wyoming

In his work serving the citizens of Wyoming through the Cooperative Extension Service and the AgEcon Department, Cole covers agricultural entrepreneurship as well as personal financial resource management topics.

Projects have included
• coordinating and teaching in the Annie’s Project management training classes for women in agriculture,
• developing a manual for people starting community supported agriculture (CSA) ventures,
• presenting on money management topics, particularly for youth and women,
• developing Passing It On (a collection of materials on …