Kim NiewolnyDirector, Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation, Virginia Tech
Dr. Kim Niewolny is an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education at Virginia Tech.
She holds a research, teaching, and extension appointment that holistically reflects the land-grant mission. Kim’s work centers on the
role of power and equity in community education and development with interests in: action research; participatory and cultural
community development; critical pedagogy; ontological politics, and the political praxis of community food work. Current initiatives
emphasize Appalachian community food security; new farmer sustainability; and disability and technology in agriculture. Kim serves
as the director of the Virginia Tech Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation. She also teaches graduate courses and
provides teaching leadership in Virginia Tech’s undergraduate minor in Civic Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS). As part of the
Virginia Cooperative Extension system, she serves as Director of the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition and Director of
the Virginia AgrAbility Program.