Katie Nixon grew up in the city of Kansas City and lived there until she left for the state of Washington to attend college. She graduated from Western Washington University in 2001 with a Degree in Permaculture Design and Environmental Education. She went on to study Sustainable Agriculture in New Zealand and received a Sustainable Land Use Management degree from Earthcare Education Aotearoa in 2002. From 2002-2009 she worked in the sustainable agriculture field in many countries around the world including the United States, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and South Africa. She has recently settled back to her hometown of Kansas City and re-immersed herself into the agricultural network of Missouri. Since 2009, she has been working as a Small Farm Specialist for the Innovative Small Farmers Outreach Program run through Lincoln University Cooperative Extension. Working for the ISFOP as a Small Farm Specialist for the West Central Region has been a great way to tie all of her experiences with community development and food production together. She constantly explores networking opportunities with other organizations, both governmental and non-governmental, in the greater Kansas City area and the surrounding counties for bringing all possible assistance to the farmers and home gardeners living there. She delivers information and education to the under-served small farmers and ranchers on a one-on-one basis in order for them to improve production and farm income. She receives valuable assistance from three other ISFOP Farm Outreach Workers (FOWs) in the region. Together, they hope to improve the quality of lives of all collaborating farm families, as well as revitalize the communities.

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