Academic Focus Area: Local and Regional Food Systems
Hometown: Williamston, MI
Advisor: Philip Howard
Devin is a native of mid-Michigan where he grew up with vegetable, dairy, and commodity farming. He completed his undergraduate from Michigan State’s Lyman Briggs School in 2007 studying Environmental Science and Human Biology. Since graduating he has spent time managing Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and market farms on New York’s Long Island and Hudson Valley. An active advocate for agricultural reform, he has worked with local, state, regional, and national institutions to strengthen US agricultural policy. Before returning to his native Michigan, Devin worked in Washington DC with U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow on Agriculture, Health, and Trade policy. Since 2010 he has worked as an educator, farm manager, site developer and aggregator of all things Grown in Detroit, working with residents to develop a more robust local and regional food system in Detroit, MI. He has experience with brownfield development, curriculum development, small-scale farm operations, social enterprises, and business start-ups.
Currently he is a graduate student at MSU in the Department of Community Sustainability focusing on regional food systems. His thesis work through the Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) will be looking at small farm viability with urban, peri-urban, and rural producers through collaboration with the Hoophouses for Health program and growers in Detroit’s Grown in Detroit cooperative. His research interests include: small farm viability, supply chains, food hubs, farm-to-institution, agriculture-nutrition linkages, public health, social entrepreneurship, community food systems, social networks and climate resilience.