The Cornucopia Institute has hired Jennifer Hayden as its Communications and Development Director. Hayden holds a Ph.D. in rural sociology from Penn State, where her doctoral research focused on how farmers make soil management decisions. As a rural sociologist, she is concerned with the structure and history of agriculture and with conducting research with, rather than for, farmers.
The Cornucopia Institute is a national non-profit organization, based in Wisconsin, engaged in research and education activities concerning farming and food policy. Cornucopia has earned a reputation as a watchdog over corporate and governmental activities involved with organic food and agriculture. One of Cornucopia’s founding advisors was the late renowned rural sociologist Fred Buttel.
Hayden’s research interests dovetail with her experience in non-profit development and communications, helping to tell the story of the changing landscape of organic agriculture, while ensuring that organic farmers and eaters have the information, networks and support needed to help uphold the integrity of the organic standards. Read Full Article »