Jodee Smith directs the community engagement efforts for the Sustainable Food Systems Science research group at Indiana University. She has been active in research, education and outreach in the Indiana Food System for 10 years in multiple capacities, including farming, extension work and research and implementation projects.
Smith leads the Indiana Food Council Network, working with new and established food councils as well as fostering the development of councils across the state. She leads the USDA Local Food Promotion Program project, Indiana Farm Connect. This project is building the necessary social capital networks to support value chain coordination within transactional and supporting food system partners in the wholesale food supply chain.
Smith works with anyone in Indiana seeking to learn more about their food system, and to connect them with the research and information they need. She can also help resource important and well-supported food system ideas that form from grassroots efforts on a diversity of issues.
Areas of Expertise
Local food supply chains, food value chains, farm to consumer sales models, farm to institution, farmers markets, institutional purchasing, food councils.