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Fellow Description

The Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation works at the nexus of food, community, and society to catalyze new food system possibilities that are essential to advancing the human condition in Virginia and beyond. Being a Center fellow helps put you at the heart of this effort to bring change to our communities. 

A fellow is an outstanding individual who is part of a university, organization, or community that follows the aims of the Center and is a leader and resource to community members and stakeholders in their area. These individuals have a passion for exploring critical and often complex issues related to the food system, and are committed to supporting and working towards a more equitable, just, and healthy food system.

Being a fellow is an excellent way to participate in networking, professional development, and skill development related to community change processes as part of a community-university collective. All fellows will be highlighted on the Center’s website as a valuable resource, and you will have many opportunities to share your knowledge and experience with other fellows and community members. Specifically, it provides opportunity to engage with scholarship related to food systems work and learn from the practice-based experiences of peers from the region and beyond.

Fellows of the Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation are expected to be leaders in their communities. As such, we ask that you be involved with hosting a Center event once per year. This may be a speaking event, where you discuss a project or current work being done by your organization. It may also be a training program or podcast you offer for community members and other fellows.

In addition to hosting an annual event, fellows are expected to remain interested and involved with the Center’s work. The Center works to bring multiple speakers to Virginia each year, and also hosts community events, such as learning circles and workshops. While fellows are not expected to attend every event, it is anticipated that Center fellows offer input on event details and support the Center’s work by sharing news about the Center throughout their communities.

How can you become a Center fellow?
Email Katie Trozzo, ketrozzo@vt.edu, letting her know your interest in becoming a fellow. 

Current Fellows

In addition to the below list of fellows we have a core team and advisory group and center partners. Link to people page and partners page. 

Ozzie Abaye

Ozzie Abaye
Professor of Agronomy
CALS Global Programs
School of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Virginia Tech

Livvy Call

Livvy Call
Edible Education Instructor
On The Road Collaborative
Emerging Chef's

Michael Carter Junior

Michael Carter Jr. (Ben Ore)
Coordinator
Small Farm Outreach Program
Virginia State University
Farmer at Carter Farms
thecarterfarms.com
vasmallfarmers.com

Nicolas Copeland

Nicholas Copeland, PhD
Associate Professor of Sociology and American Indian Studies
Virginia Tech
The Guatemalan Water Network (REDAGUA) 

Danille Elise Christensen
Assistant Professor
Department of Religion and Culture
Virginia Tech
Faculty webpage

Bill Crutchfield

William A. Crutchfield
Director
Small Farm Outreach Program
Virginia State University
VSU Small Farm Outreach Program

Letisha Engracia Cardoso Brown

Letisha Engracia Cardoso Brown
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Women's and Gender Studies, Africana Studies
Virginia Tech

John Galbraith

Dr. John M. Galbraith
Associate Professor of Soil and Wetland Sciences and Extension Soils Specialist
Virginia Tech and Virginia Cooperative Extension
NRV Glean TeamFaculty webpage  

Bikrum Singh Gill

Bikrum Singh Gill, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Virginia Tech
Four Stories about Food Sovereignty
Faculty webpage

Saul Halfon

Saul Halfon, PhD
Associate Professor and Graduate Director
Department of Science, Technology, & Society
Virginia Tech
Faculty webpage

Ralph Hall

Ralph P. Hall
Associate Professor & Associate Director
School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at Virginia Tech
https://ralphphall.com/https://ashfordhall2018.com/
https://vtechworks.lib.vt.edu/handle/10919/95218
https://malawiedandchildwelfare.wordpress.com/

Conway Haskins

Conaway B. Haskins III
Extension Specialist for Economic Development
Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
Virginia Tech
Website

Mae Hey

Mae Hey
Assistant Professor 
American Indian Studies
Virginia Tech

Lia Kelinsky-Jones

Lia Kelinsky-Jones
PhD Student
Agricultural, Leadership & Community Education
Virginia Tech

Vivica Crack

Vivica Kraak, PhD, MS, RDN
Assistant Professor
Food and Nutrition Policy, Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
Virginia Tech
Faculty webpage

Jacob Lahne

Jacob Lahne, PhD
Assistant Professor of Food Science & Technology
Virginia Tech
Faculty webpage

Bob Leonard

Robert (Bob) Leonard
Professor of Directing and Performance
School of Performing Arts
Virginia Tech
Faculty Webpage

Erin Nuckols

Erin Lorann Nuckols
PhD Student
Environmental Design & Planning Program, Myers Lawson School of Construction
Virginia Tech
www.lunarelm.com

John Munsell

John Munsell
Associate Professor & Forest Management Extension Specialist
Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation
Virginia Tech
ABFFC; VT Agroforestry

French Price

French Price
Value Chain Coordinator
Virginia Cooperative Extension
Virginia Tech School of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Adam Taylor

Adam Taylor
Manger, VT's Catawba Sustainability Center
Owner/Operator, Singing Spring Farm
Vice President, Virginia Association of Biological Farming 

Pete Ziegler

Pete Ziegler
Assistant Professor of Practice
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Director, Civic Agriculture & Food Systems Minor Program Director, USDA-NIFA Food and Agricultural Education Information System