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    Kristin Reynolds a food systems researcher and educator based in New York City. She teaches courses on urban food systems and environmental policy as a part -time faculty member in the Environmental Studies and Food Studies and Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management programs at The New School. She is also a lecturer at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

    Reynolds’ current research centers on urban agriculture and social justice. Her recent book Beyond the Kale: Urban Agriculture and Social Justice Activism in New York City  (2016; University of Georgia Press’ Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation series; coauthored with Nevin Cohen) examines the work of farmers and gardeners using urban food production to dismantle oppression in food and environmental systems. Two goals of the book are: to highlight the work of people of color and working class people in New York’s urban agriculture system; and to help create new collaborations between academic researchers and community-based activists.

    Dr. Reynolds has worked with many community-based non-profit organizations and family farms through her research and teaching. These include: La Finca del Sur in the South Bronx; EcoStation:NY, BK Farmyards, and Hattie Carthan Community Garden in Brooklyn; Harlem Grown in Manhattan; and Soul Fire Farm in upstate New York, where she serves on the board of directors of the Soul Fire Farm Institute.

    She also consults on food systems curriculum development and program evaluation. From 2013-2015 she played a key role in developing a first-of-its-kind associate in science degree program in Food Studies at Hostos Community College (a part of the City University of New York and located in the South Bronx). She is currently leading participatory evaluation with several community-based organizations, including Groundwork Hudson Valley (NOAA-funded and USDA-funded urban food systems and climate literacy projects) in Yonkers, New York and Soul Fire Farm in upstate New York.

    Reynolds has a Ph.D. in Geography and M.S. in International Agricultural Development from the University of California, Davis, and bachelor’s degrees in International Soil and Crop Sciences and French Language and Literature from Colorado State University.

    Degrees Held:

    Ph.D., Geography, University of California, Davis

    M.S., International Agricultural Development, University of California, Davis

    B.S., International Soil and Crop Sciences, Colorado State University

    B.A. French Languages and Literature, Colorado State University

    Recent Publications:


    Reynolds, K. and Cohen, N. (2016). Beyond the Kale: Urban Agriculture and Social Justice Activism in New York City. Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation Series, University of Georgia Press.

    Selected Articles:

    Reynolds, K. (2017)  Designing urban agriculture education as liberatory praxis: the radical pedagogy of Farm School NYC. International Journal of Food Design. 2(1): 45-63.

    Reynolds, K.  (2017) L’agriculture urbaine aux États-Unis, une approche sociale et écologique. (En français.) Cahiers de l’Institut d’aménagement de d’urbanisme. Numéro 173. Édition spécial: Une métropole à ma table: L’Île de France face aux défis alimentaires. Cahiers de l’Institut d’aménagement de d’urbanisme. Numéro 173. p 185-190. (En ligne, 27 février 2017).

    Cohen, N. and Reynolds, K. 2015. Policy, resource, and technical assistance needs for a socially just and sustainable urban agriculture system: lessons from New York City. Journal of Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. 30(1): 103–114.

    Cohen, N. and Reynolds, K. (2014). Urban agriculture policy making in New York’s ‘New Political Spaces’: Strategizing for a Participatory and Representative System. Journal of Planning and Education Research.

    Reynolds, K. (2014). Disparity despite diversity: social injustice in New York City’s urban agriculture system. Antipode.

    Cohen, N., Reynolds, K., and Sanghvi, R., (2012). Five Borough Farm: Seeding the Future of Urban Agriculture in New York City. Design Trust for Public Space: New York, NY.

    Reynolds, K., (2011). Expanding technical assistance for urban agriculture: Best practices for extension services in California and beyond. Advance online publication. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development.

    Research Interests:

    Urban food systems; urban agriculture; food justice; food sovereignty; food and environmental policy; participatory evaluation; action research

    Current Courses:

    Food and the Environment

    Food and the Environment

    Social Justice in Food System (Spring 2020)

    The Global Food System (Spring 2020)

    Urban Food Systems (Spring 2019)