Community Food Systems

Community Food Systems

Community Food Systems

Dr. Nicole Breazeale heads up Extension programming for the Department in community food systems (with a strong focus on social equity).

This Extension program addresses issues at the intersection of communities, food, and agriculture. It employs a holistic, interdisciplinary approach that fosters inclusive and sustainable development and promotes health and wellbeing.


Foodways & Argentina: For the Love of Empanadas (Kentucky 4-H Global Education Curriculum)
Dr. Nicole Breazeale, Author

This 4-H curriculum teaches youth to appreciate how food-related traditions are an important way to learn about families, communities, and cultures. It introduces the idea of “globalization” and explores how empanadas have moved around the world and been adapted due to migration, resource availability, and cultural preference. Youth will also gain an increased appreciation and understanding of Latin American foods by preparing Argentine empanadas and visiting a local Latin American grocery store.
Facilitator’s Guide (including evaluation) 


Instructional Video

Survey of SNAP Food Providers in Eight Kentucky Counties
Dr. Dan Kahl, Karen Fawcett, Jayoung Koo, Kang Namkoong, and Jairus Rossi, Authors

This series of publications share information on rural grocery SNAP food providers in eight Kentucky Counties. Publications include:

Survey Overview

Business Needs and Community Connections

Local Food Demand; Communication Methods

Store Access and Availability of Food Types


A Policy, Systems and Environment Approach to Community Health.
Dr. Dan Kahl, Author

This document helps Cooperative Extension Agents and health advocates to tease apart the complexity of community living and use a Policy, Systems, and Environment (PSE) approach to identify assets and barriers to community health and explore the importance of engaging community members in the process. The process can be used with food systems, or more broadly with community health issues.


Extension Recovery Garden Network
Dr. Nicole Breazeale and Jann Knappage, Contacts

This peer network of Extension Agents and SNAP ED Assistants began meeting monthly in 2020, with organizational assistance from a team of leaders across program areas (Bethany Pratt (Horticulture), Jann Knappage (NEP), Alex Elswick (FCS), and Nicole Breazeale (CLD)). Our community of practice builds the capacity of Extension educators from around the state who offer gardening programs at substance use recovery centers. Meetings are via Zoom from 11:15-12:15 on the last Friday of every month.

Growing Leaders in Your "Community" Garden
Amanda Beavin, Bethany Pratt, Dr. Nicole Breazeale, Presenters

Garden management and upkeep at community gardens, school gardens, recovery gardens, and local venues often falls into the hands of Extension Agents. In this recorded webinar, Agents learn how spending time developing a leadership structure can have big pay-offs for both Extension AND the people utilizing the garden.

Contact Information

Dr. Wes Harrison, Ph.D.
Department Chair

500 W.P. Garrigus Building Lexington, KY 40546-0215

(859) 562-2788