Kristyn-Achilich

Kristyn returned to St. Michael’s, her alma mater, in 2015 to share her passion for experiential education, farming and food security as the Academic Program Coordinator for the Organic Garden and Permaculture Site. In this role, she supports students, faculty, and community members who utilize the Saint Michael’s Organic Garden and Permaculture Site for educational and research purposes and carries on the Edmundite tradition of social justice and service as it relates to food issues in our surrounding community. She serves as a resource for faculty as they plan their own lessons in the outdoor classroom, and models skills that students need to be proficient in ecological farming practices and individual and community food security. She is responsible for the overall management and design of the permaculture and garden sites in an effort to maximize the use of the garden for research, teaching and community-engaged learning on campus.  She also teaches courses in Food Systems, Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental Studies on campus.

For five years Kristyn has worked at the nexus of food systems and education. Her roles include a teaching for the Governor’s Institute of Vermont’s Food, Farms and Your Future Institute; Market Garden Assistant at Trillium Hill Farm; research student and teaching assistant in UVM’s Food Systems program; and more recently she was the curriculum coordinator for the Farm at the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps.  Currently, she serves as the co-chair of the Education & Workforce Development Working Group of the state’s Farm to Plate Network.  Prior to these endeavors, she taught high school science. Kristyn received a Bachelor of Science in biology from Saint Michael’s College, holds a Master’s of Science from the University of Vermont in Food Systems, and is a Master’s of Education candidate at Saint Michael’s.  Kristyn lives in Winooski with her husband, son and two dogs, Brookes and Spoke, on a quarter-acre urban homestead.
 
Please contact Kristyn with any ideas, events or interest in the gardens at:
kachilich@smcvt.edu
802.654.2730
Office: Room 2 of 
The Center for Women & Gender
Campus Mail: Box 5
 

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