Jess Gerrior Community Garden Scholar
I am a Doctoral Fellow at Antioch University New England where I am researching community food system efforts involving educational partnerships. My scholarship is supported through the work I do in workplace and community gardening, which involves leadership, education, capacity-building, and building relationships with diverse stakeholders. Community gardening is about so much more than growing food. It is about creating more nourishing, viable, and fair food systems that support ecological and social resilience in ways that engage all community members' voices. As someone who has experienced food systems from multiple perspectives, from food insecurity and reliance on food assistance programs to educating, leading collaborative efforts, facilitating programs, and growing and gleaning food, I am committed to supporting awareness of the connections between people, culture, and the land. My dissertation is entitled, "You Can Eat Change: Community Gardens, Higher Education, and Cultivating Social Identity."