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Lindsay Jorgenson

Community Foods System Agent

Areas of Specialization:

  • Food Policy
  • Food Safety
  • Local Food Systems

Personal History/Background

Lindsay is an Olathe, Kansas native who spent her childhood refining her father’s homemade salsa recipe with vegetables from their backyard. Her love for local food grew throughout two distinct experiences: eating produce from the Lawrence Farmers’ Market while attending the University of Kansas, and tasting cured ham from black Iberian pigs while living in Southern Spain.

After returning to the states, Lindsay attended Washington University in St. Louis where she received two Master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Health. She began her career in St. Louis working within their local food system through the community development lens. After living in St. Louis for five years, Lindsay relocated to North Carolina to work for North Carolina State Cooperative Extension, where she worked to enhance policy, systems and environmental supports for local food within four rural counties.

During her time in North Carolina, Lindsay fell in love with the mission of Extension and jumped at the opportunity to return to her most treasured place in the world: Kansas. Lindsay loves the Kansas terrain and is passionate about seeing it filled with healthy soil, fruit and vegetable crops, and a growing culture around local foods and sustainable agriculture. On any given weekend, you can find Lindsay reading, gardening, or speed-walking through a park.

Education

  • B.A. in Psychology – University of Kansas
  • M.P.H. – Washington University in St. Louis
  • M.S.W. – Washington University in St. Louis