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Rachel Schattman

University of Maine

Dr. Rachel Schattman is an Assistant Professor in the University of Maine School of Food and Agriculture. The overarching goal of her work is to engage in research that leads to sustainable agricultural and food systems. In pursuit of this goal, she works with specialty crop producers and agricultural advisors to identify and address production challenges, specifically through the lens of climate change adaptation. Her approach is grounded in complimentary traditions of agroecology and participatory action research (PAR).

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Jonathan Malacarne

University of Maine

Dr. Jonathan Malacarne is an Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics in the School of Economics at the University of Maine. Dr. Malacarne's research focuses on risk and resilience in rural communities. Through his research and teaching, Dr. Malacarne seeks to better understand the challenges facing underserved communities in rural areas and improve the design programs and policies that seek to create opportunities and minimize risk.

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Tara Whiton

University of Maine

Dr. Tara Whiton is the Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Health Administration - Community Health at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Her expertise is in Human Physiology and Nutrition and she investigates the relation with these areas and human behavior and how behavior ultimately impacts health and performance. She has recently expanded her work into the connection between human behavior and food security issues in Maine.

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Kate Yerxa

University of Maine

Kate Yerxa, MS, RD is an Extension Professor with the University of Maine and holds a joint appointment with Cooperative Extension and the School of Food and Agriculture. Kate is the state coordinator for the Expanded Food Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and has experience designing and evaluating nutrition education interventions for food insecure populations in Maine and throughout the nation.

This project has received funding from University of Maine School of Food and Agriculture and the Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions.
For more information about this research, contact Rachel Schattman at rachel.schattman@maine.edu.

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