Kim Niewolny, Virginia Tech

Community, Local and Regional Food Systems June 13, 2014 Print Friendly and PDF

Kim Niewolny is an assistant professor and extension specialist in the Department of Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education at Virginia Tech. Kim’s extension, teaching, and research responsibilities center on the role adult and community education plays in agricultural and community development practice with a specific focus on "civic agriculture" and community-based food systems. Her scholarship emphasizes asset-based community development; Action Research; and social change through sociocultural, transformative, and social movement learning frameworks. Current funded research and extension initiatives center on beginning farmer training and program development, community food security, and farm-to-school program development. Kim serves as the Director of the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program (VBFRCP), a state-wide coalition-based Extension program that aims to improve opportunities for viable farm start-up and sustainability:  Additionally, she is a co-director of the USDA AFRI funded Appalachian Foodshed Project (AFP), a multi-state initiative focusing on enhancing community food security in the Appalachian regions of Virginia, North Carolina, and West Virginia:  In addition to teaching graduate courses in community development and adult education, Kim provides teaching leadership in Virginia Tech’s interdisciplinary, undergraduate minor in Civic Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS). Kim received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Adult and Extension Education from Cornell University.  She also received a M.P.S degree in Community and Rural Development from Cornell’s Development Sociology Department. 


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Kim Niewolny, PhD
Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist
Dept. of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education
Virginia Tech
282 Litton-Reaves Hall
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
tel: 540.231.5784
cell:  540.577.6559
fax: 540.231.3824
Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Program
Appalachian Foodshed Project

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