Kim Niewolny, Assocaite Professor at Virginia Tech

Community, Local and Regional Food Systems March 27, 2017 Print Friendly and PDF

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 food security, new farmer sustainability, and farmworker care/dignity.  Most recently, Kim launched the “Stories of Community Food Work in Appalachia” project to create and share stories that illustrate the lived experiences of activists, educators, farmers, and practitioners who are connected to the broader issues of food system change in the Appalachian region.  Kim teaches several graduate courses, including Community-based Participatory Research, Community Education and Development, and Food Security and Resilient Communities.  With a focus on service-learning, she also provides teaching leadership in Virginia Tech’s 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 L. Niewolny, Ph.D.

Associate Professor | Community Education and Development

Department of Agricultural, Leadership, & Community Education (0343)

Virginia Tech | 282 Litton-Reaves Hall

175 West Campus Drive | Blacksburg, VA 24061

tel: 540.231.5784 |email:


Director, Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition

Director, AgrAbility Virginia

Stories of Community Food Work in Appalachia

Civic Agriculture and Food Systems Program



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