Values and Vision

Creating more sustainable and equitable communities by solving food systems challenges

At the Food Systems Institute, we’re committed to solving intractable problems that shape the way individuals raise, exchange, and enjoy food. We know by continuing to improve our food systems, we’ll help to create the sustainable planet, good jobs and healthy communities we all seek.

What does this mean?

Whether we know it or not, food systems have an outsized impact on the quality of our lives and communities.

Food systems drive global economies and individual jobs. They affect ecosystems. They influence and change the character of communities and help to create culture and heritage. They bear directly on the health and wellness of our individual and collective lives. And they must evolve to meet the challenges of the future.

How will the Food Systems Institute help?

We serve as a catalyst for change, a place where everyone with a stake in the future of food systems is welcome join us in creating solutions based in science and practice. We’ll achieve this ambitious goal in three important ways: 

  • We’ll engage communities to identify ongoing challenges and stubborn problems. Working with those communities and the resources of campus and Extension, we’ll ensure that solutions will have immediate application and impact.  
  • We’ll bring diverse voices to the table to tackle issues. In the process, we’ll break down barriers between disciplines, partners, communities, and food system sectors to create holistic interventions and system-level outcomes.  
  • We’ll engage students as we bring to bear innovative approaches to transdisciplinary research as well as new and novel sources of data. This will create cutting edge scholarship and problem solving while building new generations of food systems leaders and thinkers.  

CSU Land Acknowledgment

Colorado State University acknowledges, with respect, that the land we are on today is the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute Nations and peoples. This was also a site of trade, gathering, and healing for numerous other Native tribes. We recognize the Indigenous peoples as original stewards of this land and all the relatives within it. As these words of acknowledgment are spoken and heard, the ties Nations have to their traditional homelands are renewed and reaffirmed.

CSU is founded as a land-grant institution, and we accept that our mission must encompass access to education and inclusion. And, significantly, that our founding came at a dire cost to Native Nations and peoples whose land this University was built upon. This acknowledgment is the education and inclusion we must practice in recognizing our institutional history, responsibility, and commitment.

Our Food System Community


CSU Extension Community

Stephen Lauer

Regional Specialist
Agriculture and Food
Southern Region

Derek Lowstuter

Regional Specialist
Agriculture and Food
Mountain Region


Alyssa Johnson

Ph.D. student
Department of Sociology

Partner organizations and institutes

Faculty Partners

First NameLast NameDepartmentCollegeTitleEmail
Jason AholaDepartment of Animal SciencesAssistant
Garry AuldFood Science & Human NutritionEmeritus
SusanBakerFood Science & Human NutritionProfessor and Extension
Mike BartoloDepartment of Horticulture and Landscape
Jenny BennettDepartment of Agricultural and Resource
Joshua BerningDepartment of Agricultural and Resource EconomicsAssociate
Christopher BerryMarketingBusiness Assistant
LibbyBiglerDepartment of Animal SciencesBQA
AlessandroBonannoDepartment of Agricultural and Resource EconomicsAssociate Professor of Agricultural
Randy BooneEcosystem Science and
Jennifer BousselotDepartment of Horticulture and Landscape
Marisa BunningFood Science & Human
MichaelCarolanDepartment of Sociology College of Liberal ArtsProfessor and Research Associate
GamzeCavdarPolitical ScienceAssociate Professor
CarrieChenaultDepartment of Anthropology &
HayleyChouinardDepartment of Agricultural and Resource
LibbyChristensenDepartment of Agricultural and Resource Economics College of Agricultural SciencesResearch Scientist, Food System Recovery and Resilience Project
Nathan Clark Department of Agricultural and Resource
Rebecca ClearyDepartment of Agricultural and Resource Economics College of Agricultural SciencesAssistant
JessicaCliffordFood Science & Human NutritionExtension
Rich ConantDepartment of Ecosystem Science and
Marco CostanigroDepartment of Agricultural and Resource Economics College of Agricultural SciencesAssociate
AmandaCountrymanDepartment of Agricultural and Resource Economics College of Agricultural SciencesAssociate
KimCox-YorkFood Science & Human NutritionAssistant
Josh CraverDepartment of Horticulture and Landscape
JessicaDavisDepartment of Horticulture and Landscape
RobertDelmoreDepartment of Animal
LynnDelmoreDepartment of Animal
JasmineDillonDepartment of Animal SciencesAssistant
LilyEdwards-CallawayDepartment of Animal SciencesAssistant
AdrianeElliotSoil and Crop Sciences College of Agricultural
KellieEnnsDepartment of Agricultural and Resource
MariaFernandez-GimenezForesty and Rangeland StewardshipEmeritus
StevenFonteSoil and Crop Sciences College of Agricultural SciencesAssociate
Chris GentileFood Science & Human NutritionAssociate
GregoryGraffDepartment of Agricultural and Resource Economics College of Agricultural SciencesAssociate
Dan GrahamPsychologyAssociate Professor
Rebecca GrubyHuman Dimensions of Natural ResourcesAssociate
Heidi HausermannGeographyAssistant
Adam HeubergerDepartment of Horticulture and Landscape
AlexandraHillDepartment of Agricultural and Resource EconomicsAssistant
Rebecca HillDepartment of Agricultural and Resource EconomicsResearch
DanaHoagDepartment of Agricultural and Resource
Becca JablonskiDepartment of Agricultural and Resource Economics College of Agricultural SciencesAssistant Professor and Extension Economist-Food
Kevin JablonskiDepartment of Animal SciencesRangeland Livestock Systems Extension Specialist, Asst
JaimeJacobsenJournalism and Media CommunicationAssistant
AndrewJonesCooperative Institute For Research in the Atmosphere Senior Research
Stephen KoontzDepartment of Agricultural and Resource
AnnaLavoieHuman Dimensions of Natural
JohnLindenbaumGeographyAssociate Teaching
Jennifer MartinDepartment of Animal
DavidMcivorPolitical ScienceLib ArtsAssociate
AmandaMcquadeCollege of Ag SciencesProgram
ChrisMelbyFood Science & Human NutritionProfessor and Interim
EricMilhollandFood Science & Human NutritionAssistant
JeffMillerFood Science & Human NutritionAssociate
Gina Slejko MarketingBusiness Associate
Dan MooneyDepartment of Agricultural and Resource EconomicsAssistant
Brad MorganDepartment of Animal
NathanMuellerSoil and Crop Sciences College of Agricultural SciencesAssistant
Megan MuellerFood Science & Human NutritionAssistant
MaheshNairDepartment of Animal SciencesAssociate
StephenOgleEcosystem Science and
MikePagliassotti Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition College of Health and Human ServicesDepartment Head, Professor and Lillian Fountain Smith Endowed Chair in
Keith PaustianSoil and Crop Sciences College of Agricultural
JamesPethFood Science & Human NutritionAssistant
JasonQuinnMechanical EngineeringAssociate
RyanRhoadesDepartment of Animal SciencesAssistant
Elizabeth RyanCollege of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical SciencesAssociate
JonSalernoHuman Dimensions of Natural
Joshua SbiccaDepartment of SociologyAssociate
MeaganSchipanskiSoil and Crop Sciences College of Agricultural SciencesAssistant
LindseySchneiderEthnic StudiesAssistant
KimStackhouse-LawsonDepartment of Animal
LorannStallonesDepartment of PsychologyProfessor, CICRC
Dawn ThilmanyDepartment of Agricultural and Resource Economics College of Agricultural SciencesProfessor, Agricultural and Resource Economics; Co-Director Regional Economic Development
HenryThompsonDepartment of Horticulture and Landscape
MarkUchanskiDepartment of Horticulture and Landscape ArchitectureSpecialty Crops Program Coordinator, Associate
MatthewWallensteinNatural Resource Ecology Lab Warner College of Natural ResourcesAssociate
DessaWatsonDepartment of Agricultural and Resource EconomicsInstructorDessa.Linsley@ColoState.EDU
Stephan WeilerEconomicsProfessorStephan.Weiler@ColoState.EDU
TiffanyWeirFood Science & Human NutritionAssociate

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The Governor-appointed Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council’s charge is to advance recommendations that strengthen healthy food access for all Coloradans through Colorado agriculture and local food systems and economies.


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