Kim L. Niewolny

Associate Professor

  • Community Education and Development

Kim Niewolny is an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech. Her scholarship centers on the role of power and equity in community education and development with a specific focus on the participatory praxis and cultural resilience. Her work is grounded in cultural and participatory community development; critical pedagogy; action research; and sociocultural, transformative, and social movement frameworks for food systems change.  Dr. Niewolny holds research training and experience in qualitative research methods; special interest in discourse analysis and narrative inquiry. Current funded initiatives emphasize the political praxis of community food work, Appalachian community food security, new farmer sustainability, and farmworker care/dignity.  Most recently, Kim launched the “Stories of Community Food Work in Appalachia” project to create and share stories that illustrate the lived experiences of activists, educators, and practitioners who are connected to the broader issues of social justice and food systems change in the Appalachian region.  Kim teaches several graduate courses, including Community-based Participatory Research, Community Education and Development, and Food Security and Resilient Communities.  With a focus on service learning, she also provides teaching leadership in Virginia Tech’s undergraduate minor in Civic Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS).  

Scholarly Interests:

  • Action Research and Community-based Participatory Research
  • Participatory and Cultural Community Development
  • Critical Pedagogy for Social Justice
  • Praxis of Community Food Work
  • Appalachian Community Food Security
  • New Farmer Sustainability and Farmworker Care/Dignity

Recent Grant Projects (selected)

Srinivasan, D., (PI), Leonessa, A., & Niewoly, K. (2017-2022). National Science Foundation. Enhancing small and mid-level farm viability through a systems-based research network: Linking technology and sustainable development and practice. $498,924.

Leonessa, A. (PI), Asbeck, A., Niewolny, K., Srinivasan, D. (2017-2020). National Science Foundation. Affordable -Flexible Robotics to Aid Farmers with Mobility Limitations. $999,565

Niewolny, K., (PI), Morgan, K., Archibald, T., Crutchfield, W., Terry, K., Saacke, R., & Pickering, R. (2014-2017).  USDA, NIFA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program (VBFRCP): A Participatory Beginning Farmer and Rancher Education and Training Initiative. $724,828.

Niewolny, K. (PI), Ohanehi, D., Perumpral, J., Robertson, T. (2014-2018). USDA, NIFA AgrAbility Program. AgrAbility Virginia. $718,806.

D’Adamo-Damery, N. (PI), Niewolny, K., Clark, S., & Ziegler, P. (2014-2015). Community Viability Endowed Fund of the Virginia Tech Foundation. Creating a Regional Food Systems Roadmap: Building a multi-state network and leveraging area resources. $22,000

Niewolny, K. (PI), Morgan, K., Isbell, C., Scott, K., Nartea, T., Kloetzli, C., Callan, P. (July 2014-June 2015). USDA Extension Risk Management Education, Southern Center. A Risk Management Initiative of the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program. $48,073

Raison, B. (PI), Lezberg, S., Niewolny K., Anderson, M., Clark, J., Edgar, C., Priog, R. (November 2014 - September 2015). USDA AFRI Conference Grant Program. Building Extension Capacity to Address Community Food Security through Food Systems. $50,000

Niewolny, K. (PI), Bendfeldt, E., Walker, M., Hodges, S. Seibel, M., Crutchfield, W., Westfall-Rudd, D.  Integrated Internal Competitive Grants Program. March 2013-June 30, 2014.  Growing the Next Generation: Coalition Model Assessment & Training Initiative of the Virginia Beginning Farmer Rancher Coalition Program. $45,000

Bendfeldt, E. (PI), Yancey, M., Galbraith J., Grisso, B., Niewolny, K., Mize, T., Ohlwiler, T., Hilleary, J., & Love, K.  2013-2016. Natural Resource Conservation Service, Soil Conservation Grant.  Healthy Farms from the Soil Up: Finding Common Ground.  Natural Resource Conservation Service, Soil Conservation Grant. $148,218

Zoellner, J. (PI), Hill, J., Carrington, A., Totten, T., Niewolny, K.  College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, Integrated Internal Competitive Grants Program.  March 2013-June 30, 2014. Planting Seeds for Change: Community Garden Initiative of the Dan River Partnership for a Healthy Community. $45,000

Tanaka, K. (PI), Niewolny, K. Velandia, M., Hodges, S. & Jacobson, K.  USDA Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE).  2013-2015. Mapping Sustainable Farm Systems: An Integrated Focus on Upper South New Producers as Catalysts of Good Stewardship, $270,000

Clark S. (PI), Niewolny K, Hodges S., Brown, C., Schroder-Moreno, M.  NIFA-AFRI Global Food Security.  2011-2016. Enhancing Food Security by Cultivating Resilient Food Systems and Communities: Place-based Foodshed Analysis from Research to Community Practice, $2,436,480

Niewolny, K. (PI), Benson, M.  USDA Specialty Crop Competitive Grant. 2010-2013. Increasing the Competitiveness of  Virginia Specialty Crop and Disadvantaged Farmers through a Statewide Situational Assessment of the Virginia Farm-to-School Program, $29,500

Niewolny, K. (PI), Moore, D., Rudd, R., Hodges, S.  USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. 2010-2013. VA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project, $743,872

ALCE/HNFE 6234: Theory & Practice of Community-based Participatory Research (even spring semesters)
ALCE 6014: Theoretical Foundations of Nonformal Learning (even fall semesters)
ALCE 5984:  Food Security and Resilient Communities:  Food Systems Theory and Practice (odd spring semesters)
ACLE 4304/5304G:  Community Education and Development (odd fall semesters)
ALS 5204G Advanced Concepts in Community Food Systems (spring)
ALS 2204:  Introduction to Civic Agriculture (fall)

With a focus on service learning, I provides teaching leadership in Virginia Tech’s undergraduate minor, Civic Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS).  Reflecting a growing trend in higher education, the CAFS minor embodies a commitment to developing and strengthening an economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable and just food system. What makes this minor unique is its commitment interdisciplinary approaches to curriculum development, collaborative teaching strategies, and experiential learning for social change.  The framework for the curriculum is grounded in the knowledge and core values that embody the definition of CAFS:

  • food sovereignty
  • civic engagement/democratic participation
  • strong local economies
  • ecological stewardship
  • healthy people/communities
  • collaborative teaching and experiential learning

Administrative Positions:

  • Director, Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program
  • Director, AgrAbility Virginia Program
  • Co-Chair, Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Community, Local, and Regional Food System Program
  • Extension Program Leader for ALCE

My appointment at Virginia Tech includes a 40% allocation for Extension programs.  With this time, I focus my efforts in two related statewide program areas advancing the missions of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the public good of the Commonwealth:

Beginning Farmer Start-up and Sustainability. Lead the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program and AgrAbility Virginia Program, collaborative and multi-organizational programs that includes farm businesses; Extension faculty; federal, state, and local governmental agencies; and non-profit organizations. Launched with a USDA Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) grant funding in 2010 and refunded in 2014, the VBFRCP is the first ever-beginning farmer-learning network in Virginia and southern region.  Unique to the VBFRCP is the community-based participatory approach that drives the work, which has increased organizational capacity across the agricultural and food system community. AgrAbility Virginia Program, funded through a USDA NIFA competitive program, assists individuals and their families who farm, and have illnesses, injuries or disabilities that are impeding their ability to work safely, effectively, and productively with dignity and care.

Selected sites:

Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition

AgrAbility Virginia

Community Food Systems. Serve as a statewide specialist within the Community Viability community food systems program to assess, design, and implement food systems initiatives.  Using an asset-based community development approach, which seeks to mobilize assets in a community, I work with community-based teams to design, implement, and evaluate participatory research and outreach initiatives that have a food and farm component locally and/or regionally.  This work has increased knowledge, partnerships, and community capacity through several team efforts that I lead or co-lead in Virginia, regionally, and nationally:

  • Virginia Farm-to-Table Plan
  • Virginia’s Food Desert Task Force
  • USDA Agriculture Food Research Initiative (AFRI) funded Appalachian Foodshed Project/Partnership
  • USDA Specialty Crop grant funded Virginia farm-to-school program assessment
  • eXtension Community of Practice (CoP) for Community, Local, and Regional Food Systems
  • Southern Region Local and Regional Food System SERA-47
  • Virginia’s Community, Local, and regional Food Systems Program

Selected sites:

Appalachian Foodshed Project

Stories of Community Food Work

Community, Local, & Regional Food Systems, Virginia Cooperative Extension

 

Select Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Landis, R., & Niewolny, K., (in Press). Community food work as critical practice:  A faith-based perspective.  Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development.

Niewolny, K. & D'Adamo-Damery, P. (2016).  Learning through story as political praxis: The role of narratives in community food work. In Sumner, J. (Ed.), Learning, food, and sustainability: Sites for resistance and change.  Palgrave/Macmillan: New York.

MacAuley, L., & Niewolny, K., (2016). Situating On-farm apprenticeships within the alternative agrifood movement: Labor and social justice implications.  Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 6(2), 195–223.

Culhane, J., Niewolny, K., Clark, S., McConnell, K., Friedel., C. (2016). Learning through Collaboration and Interdisciplinary Teaching: A Case Study of Faculty Work as Learning in Sustainable Agriculture Education, North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Journal, 60(2), 219-226.

Misyak, S., Ledlie Johnson, M., McFerren, M., Hosig, K., Niewolny, K. & Serrano, E. (2015). (In Press). Low-income mothers’ perception of barriers to using farmers markets to access local foods. Journal of Extension. Available at http://www.joe.org/joe/2015august/a3.php

Misyak, S., Ledlie Johnson, M., McFerren, M., Niewolny, K., Hosig, K. & Serrano, E. (2014). Understanding low-income Virginians’ perceptions of healthy food, local food, and food access: Implication for nutrition programming. In Thomas, C. I. P. (Ed.), Food insecurity in the United States. Common Grounds: Champaign, IL.

Bryant, L., Niewolny, K., Watson, E., Clark, S. (2014). Complicated spaces: Negotiating collaborative teaching and interdisciplinarity in higher education, The Journal of Effective Teaching. 14(2), 83-101.

Zanko, A., Hill, J., Estabrooks, P, Niewolny, K., Zoellner, J. (2014). Evaluating community gardens in a health disparate region: A qualitative case study approach. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. 9:1–33.

Hightower, L., Niewolny, K., & Brennan, M. A. (2013). Immigrant farming programs and social capital: Evaluating community and economic outcomes through social capital theory. Community Development: The Journal of the Community Development Society. 44(5), 582-596.

Clark, S., Byker, C., Niewolny, K., Helms, J. (2013).  Framing an undergraduate minor through the Civic Agriculture and Food Systems Curriculum.  North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Journal. 57(2), 56-67

Niewolny, K., Grossman, J., Byker, C., Helms, J., Clark, S., Cotton, J., Jacobsen, K. (2012).  Sustainable agriculture education and civic engagement: The significance of community-university partnerships in the new agricultural paradigm. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. 2(3), 27–42.

Jacobsen, K., Niewolny, K., Schroeder-Moreno, M., Van Horn, M., Harmon, A., Chen Fanslow, Y., Williams, M., & Parr, D.  (2012). Sustainable agriculture undergraduate degree programs: A land-grant university mission. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 2(3), 13–26.

Benson, M., Hightower, L., Bendfeldt, E., Tyler-Mackey, C., Niewolny, K., & Grover, G. (2012). Surveying agrifood stakeholders to identify priorities as part of a Virginia food system assessment. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 3(1) 215-234.

Niewolny, K. & Wilson, A. (2011). “Social learning” for/in adult education? A discursive review of what it means for learning to be “social.” In Sharan B. Merriam & André P. Grace (Ed.), The Jossey-Bass Reader on Contemporary Issues and Trends in Adult Education. Jossey-Bass: CA.

Niewolny, K., & Lillard, P.  (2010). Expanding the boundaries of beginning farmer training and program development:  A review of contemporary initiatives to cultivate a new generation of American farmers.  Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 1(1), 65-88.

Niewolny, K., & Wilson, A. (2009). What happened to the promise?  A critical (re)orientation of two sociocultural learning traditions. Adult Education Quarterly. 60(1), 26-45. 

 

Select Refereed Conference Proceedings Papers (national and international)

Niewolny, K., MacAuley, L., Tanaka, K., Hyden, H., Brislen, L., Jacobsen, K., Velandia, M., Hodges, S., Sorensen, E.., & Wszelaki, A. (2016). Mapping the complexities of farmer knowledge production: An interdisciplinary systems approach to examining new farming systems in rural Appalachia. Conference Proceedings paper presented at the 14th World Congress for Rural Sociology, Toronto, Canada.

Niewolny, K., & Archibald, T. (2015). Collective impact in/for adult education: A framework for collective action to address community complexity and resilience. In Proceedings of the 56th Annual Adult Education Research Conference. Kansas State University: Manhattan, KS.

Niewolny, K. & D'Adamo-Damery, P. (2014). Learning from practice stories & reflective practice: A narrative analysis of community-based activism by community food system practitioners. In Proceedings of the 55th Annual Adult Education Research Conference. Pennsylvania State University:  Harrisburg, PA.

Niewolny, K. (2013).  Learning for food system justice: Exploring action research and interdisciplinary knowledge production in the local food movement. In Proceedings of the 54th Annual Adult Education Research Conference. University of Missouri: St. Louis, MO.

Tanaka, K., Niewolny, K., Jacobsen, K., & Brislen, L. (2012). Mapping sustainability, farming sustainably: Mapping approach in the study of sustainable farming systems.  In Proceedings of the XIII World Congress of Rural Sociology, Lisbon: Portugal.

Seibel, M., & Niewolny, K.  (2011).  Development of peer educators within paraprofessional community-based adult education models: An experiential learning perspective. In Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Adult Education Research Conference (AERC).  University of Toronto:  Toronto, Canada.  

Niewolny, K. &, Grudens-Schuck, N., Wilson, W.  (2010).  Learning about/for Sustainability as Contested Space:  Contemporary Characterizations of Adult Education in the Sustainable Agriculture Movement.  In Proceedings of the 51st Annual Adult Education Research Conference.  Sacramento State University:  Sacramento, CA.

Niewolny, K.  (2009).  Discourse as evidence:  Making space for critical discourse analysis (CDA) in adult educational research.  In Proceedings of the 39th Annual SCUTREA Conference, University of Cambridge, UK. 

Niewolny, K., & Wilson, A. (2008).  Seeing what needs to be seen, saying what needs to be said:  Discourse analysis for critical adult education.  In Proceedings of the 49th Annual Adult Education Research Conference.  The University of Missouri: St. Louis, MO.

Niewolny, K., & Wilson, A.  (2007).  Economic knowledge production of the Growing New Farmers Consortium, 2000-2005:  A critical discourse analysis of adult agricultural education.  In Proceedings of the 48th Annual Adult Education Research Conference. Mount Saint Vincent University:  Halifax, Nova Scotia.

 

Select Refereed Paper Presentation and Abstracts

Niewolny, K., & Kunkler, T., (2017, June).  Capacity Building for Regional Food System Change in Rural-Urban Spaces:  Considerations on Complexity, Hope, and Social Justice.  Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society, Professional Meeting, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA.

MacAuley, L., & Niewolny, K.  (2017, June). A critical ethnographic case study of on-farm apprentices:  Social movement participation and farmworker identities.  Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society, Professional Meeting, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA

Mason, G., & Niewolny, K. (2016, August). Exploring community education for rural radicalism in Chiapas, Mexico.  Paper presented at the 14th World Congress for Rural Sociology, Toronto, Canada.

Niewolny, K., & Bendfeldt, E., (2016, May). Creating Hope and Transformation for Food System Change:  Stories of Praxis and Community Food Work.  Paper presented at the Fourth Annual Workshop On Food Justice. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

Niewolny, K., D'Adamo-Damery, P. D'Adamo-Damery*, N. R. Landis*. (2015, June) (Re)creating Stories of Community Food Work: Narratives as Spaces of Generative Possibilities for Political Praxis. Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society, Professional Meeting, Chatham University, Pittsburg, PA.

Landis, R. & Niewolny, K. (2015, June). Narratives and critical praxis: Stories of faith-based practitioners and urban food security.  Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society Professional Meeting, Chatham University, Pittsburg, PA

D'Adamo-Damery, P. &. Niewolny, K. (2015, June) Mapping rhizomes: Stories as generative concepts for post-neoliberal community food work. Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society Professional Meeting, Chatham University, Pittsburg, PA.

Clark S., G. Mason, K. Niewolny, N. D'Adamo-Damery, P. D'Adamo-Damery, K. Scott, C. Gabbard, J. Moles, T. Kunkler. Clark. S., Mason, G., Niewolny, K, D’Adamo-Damery, P., Scott, K., Gabbard, G., Moles, J., Kunkler, T. (2015, June). Southwest Virginia’s Community Food Security Assessment: A Collaborative Effort with Community Stakeholders to Develop a Regional Food System Roadmap. Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society, Pittsburgh, PA.

D'Adamo-Damery, P. &. Niewolny, K. (2015, July).  Exploring the Possible: Imagining Non-Hierarchical Food Security Work Through Stories. Community Development Society, Annual International Conference, University of Kentucky.

Savran Al-Haik H., Friedel, C., Niewolny, K., Ozkan, B., Rudd, R., Dunaway, W. (2015, April) I don't know what my husband is going to say about that - What Extension can do for Women Farmers in Turkey. Presentation at AIAEE Annual Meeting, The Netherlands, Wageningen.

MacAuley, L.  & Niewolny, K. (2015, February). Understanding On-Farm Apprenticeships: Implications for Addressing Beginning Farmer Opportunities and Viability. Southern Rural Sociology Association Annual Meeting.

Niewolny, K., D’Adamo-Damery, P., Bales, C., Bendfeldt, E., Archibald, T. (2014, August). Sustaining and growing new farmers:  A collective impact perspective. Paper presented at the National Sustainable Agriculture Education Association, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

MacAuley, L., & Niewolny, K.  (2014, August). Preparing beginning farmers through on-farm apprenticeships: Learning through farming.  Paper presented at the National Sustainable Agriculture Education Association, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

Helms, J., Niewolny, K., & Clark, S. (2014, August). Service and community engagement:  A case study of a civic agriculture minor. Paper presented at the National Sustainable Agriculture Education Association, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

Niewolny, K. (2014, June). Storytelling and narrative analysis of community food work in Appalachia Virginia. Paper presented at the Joint Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Food and Society and the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society Conference, Burlington, VT.

Niewolny, K., Tanaka K., Brislen L., MacAuley, L.*, Jacobsen, K., Velandia, M., Li, Z., & Wszelaki, A. (2014, February). Exploring beginning farmer knowledge production of sustainable farming systems in the upper southeast region:  A systems approach to “mapping” agricultural sustainability.  Paper presented at the 45th Southern Rural Sociological Association Conference, Dallas, TX.

Kennedy, R., Niewolny, K., Ciamillo, S., D’Adamo-Damery, P., Jonson, S., MacAuley, L., Savran Al-Haik, H.., & Trutko, A.  (2013, June).  Co-learning in a graduate-level food systems course:  Interdisciplinary perspectives on course-based action research.  North America Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Conference, Blacksburg, Virginia.

D'Adamo-Damery, P., Niewolny, K., D'Adamo-Damery, N., & Ziegler, P. (2013, June) Negotiating complexity and community food security in central Appalachia.  Paper presentation at the 2013 Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society Conference, East Lansing, MI.

Helms, J., & Niewolny, K. (2013, June). Enhancing the learning landscape through the scholarship of sustainable agriculture education:  Building Community-University partnerships.  Paper presentation at the 2013 Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society Conference, East Lansing, MI.

D'Adamo-Damery, P., Niewolny, K., & D'Adamo-Damery, N.  (2013, February). Enhancing community food security in rural Appalachia: From the bottom Up. Paper presented at the 44th Southern Rural Sociological Association Conference, Orlando, FL.

Niewolny, K., & Benson, M. (2013, January). Strengthening the Virginia farm to school program through a state-based program evaluation. Poster Presentation at the 2013 Virginia Cooperative Extension In-Service Conference.  Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.

Niewolny, K., Westfall-Rudd, D., Smith, Jr., M., Benson, M., & Helms, J. (2012, September). Whole farm planning as a framework for participatory-based education for beginning farmers and farm service providers: A lesson in collaboration. Presentation at the 5th National Sustainable Agriculture Education Association Conference, Corvallis, OR.

Benson, M.,& Niewolny, K.   (2012, June). A mixed methods assessment of the Virginia farm to school program. Paper presented at the 2012 Agriculture, Food, & Human Values Conference, New York City, NY.

Niewolny, K., Westfull-Rudd, D., Rudd, R., Hodges, S., Scott, K., Benson, M., & Smith, M. (2012, February). Community-based participatory research as a social change vehicle for cultivating new and beginning farmers in Virginia. Presentation at the 43rd Southern Rural Sociological Association Conference, Birmingham, AL.

Niewolny, K., Meyer, A.L., Lamie, D., & Dupont, T. (2011, August).    Local innovation for/with beginning farmers:  Four place-based approaches to beginning farmer training, mentoring, & program development.  Panel and paper presentation at the 2011 Sustainable Agriculture Education Association Conference, Lexington, KY.

Broyles, T., Niewolny, K, Clark, S., Doolittle, P.,& Watson, E., (2011, June).  Collaborative Teaching: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly? Annual Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching.  Washington D.C.

 

Select Referred Extension Publications

Dorn, S., Nartea, T., Smith, M., & Westfall-Rudd, M.* (In Press).  Marketing: An Educational Program for Farm Startup and Development, In D. M. Westfall-Rudd & K. Niewolny (Series Eds.), Virginia Cooperative Extension: Blacksburg, VA.

Westfall-Rudd, D., Groover, G., Callan, P., McKay, S., (2015). Whole Farm Business Management and Planning: An Educational Program for Farm Startup and Development, edited by D. M. Westfall-Rudd and K. Niewolny. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication AEE-53P. Blacksburg, VA.

Niewolny, K., Schmidt, K., Groover, G., & Smith, M.* (2015).  Land Acquisition and Tenure. Module IV in Virginia Whole Farm Planning: An Educational Program for Farm Startup and Development, edited by D. M. Westfall-Rudd and K. Niewolny. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication AEE-51P. Blacksburg, VA: VCE.

Niewolny, K., Vallotton, A., & Kloetzli, C. (2014). Introduction to whole farm planning (VCE Publication No. AEE-50P). In D. M. Westfall-Rudd & K. Niewolny (Series Eds.), Virginia Whole Farm Planning: An educational program for farm startup & development curriculum. Virginia Cooperative Extension: Blacksburg, VA.

Niewolny, K., & Lezberg, S. (2014).  An introduction to community, local regional food systems.  eXtension Community of Practice, Community, Local, and Regional Food Systems.  Available at: http://www.extension.org/pages/70445/an-introduction-to-community-local-regional-food-systems#.U7b-9k1OWM8

Sarah, M., Johnson, M., McFerren, M., Hosig, K., Niewolny, K., & Serano, E. (2014). Exploring community and focal food systems by means of photo elicitation. eXtension Community of Practice, Community, Local, and Regional Food Systems. Available at: http://www.extension.org/pages/70549/exploring-community-and-local-food-systems-by-means-of-photo-elicitation

Benson, M., Niewolny, K., & Rudd, R. (2014). An evaluation of program, training and resource needs of Virginia beginning farmers and ranchers:  Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program. AEE-81P. Virginia Cooperative Extension: Blacksburg, VA.

Niewolny, K., Kloetzli, C., & Vallotton, A. (2013). Successful farm start-up for beginners: Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program.  AEE-67P.  Virginia Cooperative Extension: Blacksburg, VA.

Bendfeldt, E., Tyler-Mackey, C., Benson, M., Hightower, L., & Niewolny, K. (2012). Virginia farm to table: Healthy farms and healthy food for the common wealth and common good. Virginia Cooperative Extension EDIS Publication, CV-3.

 

Select Extension and Outreach Publications (non-referred)

Niewolny, K., Latimer, J., Bendfeldt, E., Scott, K., Morton, S., Miller, C., Nartea, T., Githinji, L., Gehrt, K., Tyler-Mackey, C., Neale, S., Vines, S. Grisso, R., DiuBois Harrow, L., (2016). Community, Local, and Regional Food Systems, ALCE-155NP, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech. Blacksburg, VA.

Niewolny, K., Latimer, J., Bendfeldt, E., Scott, K., Morton, S., Miller, C., Nartea, T., Githinji, L., Gehrt, K., Tyler-Mackey, C., Neale, S., Vines, S. Grisso, R., DiuBois Harrow, L., (2016). Community, Local, and Regional Food Systems (CLRFS) Forum Report, ALCE 156NP, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech. Blacksburg, VA.

Niewolny, K., Latimer, J., Bendfeldt, E., Scott, K., Morton, S., Miller, C., Nartea, T., Githinji, L., Gehrt, K., Tyler-Mackey, C., Neale, S., Vines, S. Grisso, R., DiuBois Harrow, L., (2016). VCE Model of Community, Local, Regional Food Systems, ALCE 154NP, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech. Blacksburg, VA.

Kyle, C., Niewolny, K., Orndoff, N., Ohanehi, D., Ballin, K., Young, J., Bridge, S., Robertson, T., (2016). The basics of on-farm safety: An introductory guide by the AgrAbility Virginia Program. (AEE-151NP), Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech. Blacksburg, VA.

Kyle, C., Niewolny, K., Orndoff, N., Ohanehi, D., Ballin, K., Young, J., Bridge, S., Robertson, T., (2016). Mental health topics for farm families and caregivers: An AgrAbility Virginia Program resource. (AEE-151NP), Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech. Blacksburg, VA.

Kyle, C., Niewolny, K., Orndoff, N., Ohanehi, D., Ballin, K., Young, J., Bridge, S., Robertson, T., (2016). A resource guide for start-up military veteran farmers (AEE-152 NP), Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech. Blacksburg, VA.

Grisso R., Wolf, T., Perumpral, J., Ohanehi, D., Niewolny, K., Ballin, K.  (2015) Grape Production Injuries and Prevention. VCE Publication BSE-186NP. Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.

Mark, A., Niewolny, K., Morgan, K., Callan, P., Scott, K. Nartea, T., Kloetzli, C., Hilleary, J., Jeter, R.  (2015).  Introduction to Labor Issues for Beginning Farmers.  AEE-106NP. Virginia Cooperative Extension. Virginia Tech.

Grant, A., Hariston, J., Barrott, D. Bendfeldt, E., Clark, S., Crawford, C., D’Adamo-Damery, N., DeBiasi, D., Denckla-Cobb, T., Inman, A., Jackson, C., Jackson, F., Jones, D., Jones, E., Keller, C., McFaren, M., Moore, M., Niewolny, K., Odeh, O., O’Dell, M., Reed, L., Reese, F., Rose, A., Roth, J.,  Schwitters, S., Tyler-Mackey, C., Van Horn, L., Van Ness, M., (2014). Food deserts in Virginia: Recommendations from the Food Desert Task Force. VCE-294NP. Virginia Cooperative Extension: Blacksburg, VA.

Benson, M., & Niewolny, K., (2013).  Virginia Farm to School Resource Guide:  Helping Connect Virginia Foods to Virginia Schools. AEE-77NP. Virginia Cooperative Extension: Blacksburg, VA. (Currently under VCE Peer Review)

Kloetzli, C., & Vallotton, A., Niewolny, K. (2013).  Are you a Beginning Farmer?  Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program.   NR-91NP.  Virginia Cooperative Extension. Virginia Tech.

Kloetzli, C., & Vallotton, A., Niewolny, K. (2013).  Are you a Beginning Farmer?  Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program.   NR-91NP.  Virginia Cooperative Extension. Virginia Tech.

Niewolny, K. & McKay, S. (2013).  Technical Assistance and Resource Directory: Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program.   AEE-76NP.  Virginia Cooperative Extension. Virginia Tech.

Niewolny, K. , & Whitter-Cummings, A. (2013).  Virginia Beginning Farmer Profiles: Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program.   AEE-70NP.  Virginia Cooperative Extension. Virginia Tech.

Niewolny, K., & Gehrt, K., (2013).  Common ground:  Public impacts with the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program.  VT/0513/VCE-163.  Virginia Cooperative Extension. Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.

Benson, M., & Niewolny, K. (2012). Results of the 2011 Virginia farm to school program survey of school nutrition directors. Virginia Cooperative Extension.  Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.

Benson, M., & Niewolny, K. (2012). Results of focus groups and interviews with Virginia farm to school program stakeholders: School nutrition directors, specialty crop farmers, and food distributors. Virginia Cooperative Extension.  Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.

Benson, M., Niewolny, K. & Rudd, R.  (2012). Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Final Survey Report and Instrument. Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program.  Virginia Cooperative Extension.  Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.

 

Journal Review and Editorial Boards

  • Agriculture and Human Values (Reviewer)
  • eXtension Community of Practice Leadership Team, Local, Regional, and Community Food Systems Community of Practice. (Leadership Team and Senior Editor)
  • International Journal of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education (Associate Editor)
  •  Journal of Extension (Reviewer)
  • Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (Reviewer)
  • North American Colleges & Teachers of Agriculture Journal (Reviewer)
  • North American Food systems Network (Leadership Circle)

 

Professional Organizations and Honor Societies

Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS)- Board Member 2016-present
Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS)
American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE)
Commission of Professors of Adult Education (CPAE)
Community Development Society (CDS)
Southern Region Sociological Society (SRSS)
Sustainable Agriculture Education Association (SAEA) –Chair 2013; Vice Chair 2012
Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society
Xi Sigma Pi Natural Resources Honor Society

Ph.D., Adult & Extension Education, 2007, Cornell University, Department of Education

M.S., Adult & Extension Education, 2006, Cornell University, Department of Education

M.P.S., Community & Rural Development, 2003, Cornell University, Department of Development Sociology

B.S., Biology & Wildlife Ecology, 1996, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

 

Awards

  • 2017, Diversity Incentive Fund Award (with Erin Ling), College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech
  • 2017, Southern Extension Risk Management Education Center Outstanding Outreach Project Award
  • 2016, Andy Swiger Land-Grant Award, Virginia Tech
  • 2014, Teacher Fellow Award, North American Colleges & Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA)
  • 2013, Virginia Cooperative Extension Research Presentation Award, Specialist Category, (second place), Virginia Tech, Virginia Cooperative Extension
  • 2012,  Virginia Cooperative Extension Research Presentation Award, Specialist Category, (first place) Virginia Tech, Virginia Cooperative Extension
  • 2011, Faculty Extension Award,  Department of Agriculture and Extension Education, Virginia Tech
  • 2008, Marvin & Ruth Glock Research Award for Outstanding Dissertation, Department of Education, Cornell University,
  • 2007, Julian E. Butterworth Award for Outstanding Dissertation Proposal, Department of Education, Cornell University
  • 2006, Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Cornell University

 

Kim Niewolny
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    Blacksburg, Virginia
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