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Center for food systems and community transformation

We work at the nexus of food, agriculture, and society to explore and catalyze the conditions for a more just and sustainable food system so that all may thrive.

Image credit: Upper left, Kim Niewolny. Upper right and lower, Melissa Ripepi.

photo compilation of field, squash, and people shelling corn


What We Do


We strive to offer and support opportunities for learning that help us to support our food system and build better communities.

The Center supports a number of projects related to and in support of regional food systems and community transformation. 

Our learning circles are designed to be a participatory structure for group reflection, dialogue, and planning based on selected scholarship and emergent topics.

Center fellows bring the aims of the Center to their communities as leaders, educators, and advocates for equity, justice, and health in our food and farming systems.

Upcoming Events

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    Dr. Brianna Posadas presents Using Agriculture to Introduce Programming and Data Science to Students , article

    In an increasingly technical world, it is important that students learn the basics of computer science and data science. And while this need has increased, the resources to teach these skills are not equally dispersed in the United States. Furthermore, in many of the CS and data science curriculum, important cultural context is missing that may improve students ability to relate to the material and retain it. In this presentation, Dr. Posadas will discuss different programs that aim to bridge this gap including the Data Science for Public Good, which invites underrepresented minorities to Virginia Tech for the summer to work on agricultural related data science projects and the non-profit Katabasis who co-design programming games using an agricultural context to introduce young students in rural North Carolina to computer science basics.