Nicole Civita will join the Sterling College faculty this summer. She will teach Sustainable Food Systems and become the Assistant Director of the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems.

Civita holds an LL.M from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Agricultural & Food Law, as well as a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and an AB from Columbia University. She most recently taught at the University of Arkansas School of Law, where she expanded the specialized curriculum for the LL.M Program in Agricultural & Food Law. She taught classes in food justice, urban agriculture, and global food security. She was the Director of the University of Arkansas’s special initiatives, the Food Recovery Project and the Food Resilience Initiative.

Civita says, “Because the most sustainable food systems are place-based, community-oriented, and resilient, Sterling College offers an ideal environment for the study of food systems. With its emphasis on experiential learning, integrated farm, and values-based food culture, Sterling also serves as a living laboratory for food systems innovation. I could not have asked for a better opportunity to unite my calling to teach and my desire to do.

“I plan to bring a social justice focus to the study of food systems at Sterling College. I am especially interested in bridging the gap between the artisan food and community food security movements. I also look forward to cultivating supportive and strategic partnerships with other leaders in the food systems, education, and policy spaces for the benefit of the Sterling community at large.

I am excited to live and work in community, build relationships with Sterling’s thoughtful students, integrate my family into campus life, and be surrounded by Northeast Kingdom’s extreme beauty.”

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