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Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms

8753 S Greenwood Ave
Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60619
United States

(773) 233-2900
Local Food Systems/Small Farms Educators

Kathryn (MS, Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison) comes to Illinois Extension with a background of nearly 30 years working in food and agriculture. She has a passion for improving farmers’ income and quality of life as well as consumers’ access to local foods. Kathryn’s career began in Maputo, Mozambique where she worked with peri-urban communities to establish wood lots, fruit orchards, and urban agroforestry food production. When she returned to the United States, Kathryn owned and operated an organic vegetable farm in New Hampshire.

As a graduate student Kathryn studied the viability of pastured poultry in Wisconsin under a USDA SARE grant at the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems. She has since worked as a Research Scientist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and in UW’s Department of Biological Systems Engineering as a Researcher for the Healthy Farmers, Healthy Profits Project and as National Program Evaluator for AgrAbility. She has consulted for UW–Madison’s Center for Cooperatives, World Council of Credit Unions, BASIS Assets and Markets Innovation Lab, and several local food businesses. Before starting at University of Illinois Extension in 2019, Kathryn worked for an international food retail and manufacturing trade association.

Born and raised in Chicago (south side), Kathryn regularly volunteers with USAID’s Farmer to Farmer Program in southern Africa and for local community and school garden projects. She is a member of the American Evaluation Association; the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society; and the Women, Food, and Agriculture Network.