Agroecology Specialist, Agriculture and Land Stewardship
Michelle Nikfarjam is a Ph.D. Candidate in Food Systems at the University of Vermont with a graduate certificate in Agroecology. As a researcher-practitioner, Michelle collaborates with communities to advance viable and integrative solutions to pressing food systems challenges that strengthen food access, aid agro-biodiversity conservation and foster greater economic and social equity. Hailing from south central MA, she grew up with deep love for the rolling hills and forests of the Northeast while maintaining connection to her Iranian roots.
Michelle serves as the Agroecology Support Specialist at the Pocasset Pokanoket Land Trust where she supports agroecology and agroforestry implementation and outreach across the Northeast. Prior to this role, Michelle has worked in organic vegetable production, food systems education, community-based food security, food/agricultural policy, and conducted academic research with farmers undertaking transitions to agroecology. As a farmer by training, she has a strong drive to improve the livelihoods of producers, both rural and urban, while working to uphold the ecosystems we all depend on.