Emma Richmond-Boudewyns is a PhD student in the Civil Society and Community Research Program at the School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin – Madison. Broadly, she is interested in the reclamation and creation of just, community-based food systems. She engages feminist political ecology, and queer theories to investigate how neoliberal agricultural development projects (re)create environmental, social, and spatial injustices. Through centering contemporary farmer-activist movements, she explores how community-based food systems are an essential means of resistance to racialized capitalism. Drawing upon this knowledge, they hope to continue building upon our collective power to reimagine food systems which enable community flourishing.
Education and Relevant Experience
Emma received their Bachelors of Environmental Engineering from the University of Delaware in 2019, focusing their studies on agricultural sustainability and food systems. In addition to working on multiple community supported farms, she participated in research which investigated how runoff from resource intensive agriculture impacted water quality.
After graduation, Emma joined the Peace Corps as Urban Agriculture Extension Agent in Tambacounda, Senegal (evacuated due to Covid-19). During this time, Emma worked alongside community counterparts to complete ethnographic surveys and lead workshops on urban micro farming. Most recently, Emma served as an AmeriCorps member with Green Mountain Farm-to-School in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. During her service year, she worked as a farm-to-school coordinator managing school gardens and leading educational programs for K – 8th grade students.
- Civil Society & Community Research