Virginia Tech® home


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.

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

Our Center is  home to a number of state and regional programs supporting food systems-based community development at the nexus of food, agriculure, and society.

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

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.

Resource Pages


Upcoming Events

  • Article Item
    Exploring Tanzania and Kenya through the Lens of Education and Sustainability , article

    What does education and sustainability look like in an East African context? How can faculty and educators collaboratively and strategically strengthen education and incorporate knowledge about Africa and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into high school and university curricula, and extension education programming? Austin Council and Eric Bendfeldt share their perspectives on education and sustainability as participants and fellows of VT East Africa Summer Institute for Educators. In this session, Austin and Eric share reflections about their intercultural learning experience and conversations with Tanzanian and Kenyan colleagues and partners about education, leadership, sustainability, and agriculture.