Refining the Vision for Community-Based Food Systems

Karen Anderson, Kari Bachman, Claire Hope Cummings, LaVon Griffieon, Keecha Harris, Kyle Vickers, Anne Mosness and Gloria McCutcheon, WKKF Policy Fellows

Workshop Description
A group of professionals who are currently W.K. Kellogg Food and Society Policy Fellows integrated what has been learned during this conference with the vision for community-based food systems presented at the beginning of the conference.


Presenter:
Karen Anderson
WKKF Policy Fellow

Presenter Bios
Karen is Executive Director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey based in Pennington. She spends most of her time working on agricultural issues ranging from biotechnology to the woman's role in agriculture. Karen is a member of the Natural Resources Conservation Service Program State Technical Committee, NJ Environmental Federation Board of Directors, the Cook College/NJ Agriculture Experiment Station Board of Managers and is a NJ State Agriculture Convention delegate. She was a member of the NJ Agricultural Leadership Development Program's class of 1999.

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Presenter:
Kari Bachman
WKKF Policy Fellow

Presenter Bio
Kari has worked as the coordinator for New Mexico's Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition (I CAN) program. The program employs paraprofessional educators in urban and rural counties to teach a series of hands-on nutrition classes to limited-resource adults and youth. Katherine also has a background in agricultural, extension and health education. Her projects include culturally relevant videos, CD-ROMS and curricula. Most of her materials are available in Spanish and several have been translated into Navajo.

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Presenter:
Claire Hope Cummings
WKKF Policy Fellow

Presenter Bio
Claire, of California, has worked as an attorney and journalist. Once a week, she hosts a thirty-minute radio segment called "Eater's Digest" that covers food and farming topics. She independently writes news on food and farming issues for print and broadcast media. For three years, Claire served on the Board of Directors and was General Counsel for Food First: The Institute for Food and Development Policy. She started her career as a USDA attorney working on conservation and natural resource issues.

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Presenter:
LaVon Griffieon
WKKF Policy Fellow

Presenter Bio
LaVon is an Iowa farmwife and co-founder and president of 1000 Friends of Iowa, a non-profit that educates state residents about preserving farmland, protecting natural areas and revitalizing communities. In addition to helping operate a crop and livestock farm, LaVon has received numerous awards and recognition for her contributions in community service and the agriculture industry. Approximately 12,000 urban children and adults have toured the Griffieon family farm since 1987. The tours educate urban citizens about different aspects of agriculture.

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Presenter:
Keecha Harris
WKKF Policy Fellow

Presenter Bio
Keecha, a doctoral student at the University of Alabama, is committed to activities that address food sustainability among low-income women and children. Keecha serves as a consultant to the Head Start Region IV Program and Technical Assistance Service. She has also worked with pregnant women, infants and children as a Head Start nutrition coordinator and has experience as a clinical dietitian. This year, she was recognized as Young Dietitian of the Year for the Birmingham district and as the Outstanding Masters Student of the Year for the UAB School of Public Health.

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Presenter:
Kyle Vickers
WKKF Policy Fellow

Presenter Bio
Kyle served as Deputy Director for the Missouri Department of Agriculture from 1992-2000. Kyle was an active leader in the department, helping to develop new programs in sustainable and entrepreneurial agriculture. Kyle is a fifth generation farmer and a strong advocate for family farms. He farmed for a number of years before taking his state leadership position and is now returning to active farming. He is also working on projects developing value-added agriculture opportunities for Missouri farmers.

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Presenter:
Anne Mosness
WKKF Policy Fellow

Presenter Bio
Anne is a commercial fisher from Washington. Her role in the salmon industry has given her an appreciation for restoring and maintaining the balance of nature and the importance of access to affordable, nutritious and safe foods. Anne is also involved in an educational project, the Go Wild Consumer Awareness Campaign. The project was built to help consumers make sound seafood selection decisions based on reliable and accurate information. She is a past president for the Women's Maritime Association and currently sits on the Board of Directors.

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Presenter:
Gloria McCutcheon
WKKF Policy Fellow

Presenter Bio
Gloria is an associate professor in the Department of Entomology at Clemson University in South Carolina. Through her research projects, she has studied biological control of insect pests of vegetable and agronomic crops. She has also been involved with outreach projects promoting the awareness of agricultural sciences among youth and educators. Gloria has served on committees for the Entomological Society of America, the American Association of University Women and is the current president for the South Carolina Entomological Society. She has often been featured in the media for her leadership in science education for youth.

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Sep. 16, 2005

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