What We Do
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.
Article ItemEarth Week Ecological Restoration Tour with the American Indian and Indigenous Community Center , article
April 20 at 3:30 pm. Join us to explore the watershed of Stroubles Creek, that colonizing forces have attempted to alter, but will ultimately reclaim its path. Meet the plant relatives along this path that have nurtured humans in this place since time immemorial. We will be removing invasives and gloves are provided if you would like to participate. This event is sponsored by The American Indian and Indigenous Community Center and the Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation.
Article ItemJenny Schwanke of the Blacksburg Community Garden and Laina Schneider of Millstone Kitchen: Cultivating Community through Food and Gardening, April 28th, 2021 , article
In this discussion moderated by Center director, Dr. Kim Niewolny, Jenny Schwanke, Blacksburg Community Garden Coordinator, and Laina Schneider, Manager of Millstone Kitchen, will share reflections on the critical role of communities working together to create sustainable, community-based food systems. At the heart of the discussion is the importance of building local capacity, grassroots leadership, and community-university engagement in community food growing, sharing, cooking, and organizing. As community food leaders in Southwest Virginia, Jenny and Laina will illustrate their ideas and hopes for the future with examples from the Blacksburg Community Gardens and Millstone Kitchen. The Blacksburg Community Gardens and Millstone Kitchen are both programs of Live, Work, Eat, Gather, Inc., a New River Valley non-profit organization whose mission is to cultivate and nourish community through the support of local food and farms, the creation and growth of jobs, the security of a home, and the gathering of friends and neighbors.