Chelsea Krist

December 6, 2017
Chelsea Krist
Education Extension Specialist, Program Coordinator

Chelsea Krist (she/hers) supports farm to school and early care efforts across Iowa. Chelsea serves as one of three co-chairs for the Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Coalition, supporting facilitation, collaborative grants, and evaluation efforts around statewide programs and events. Equitable and just food systems grow through farm to school and early care, and she is committed to centering this in her work and partnerships.

Chelsea grew up in the Quad Cities near the Mississippi River. Her appreciation for food and community grew at the University of Iowa where she served as a manager of the campus organic garden and president of the University's Environment Coalition. She has a BS in geography: a degree centered on local and regional food systems, food justice, and natural resource conservation. Before working for Iowa State Extension, Chelsea served with FoodCorps Iowa for five years, first as a service member in Des Moines Public Schools, then as a state fellow for three years.

You're likely to find Chelsea exploring school gardens, kitchen classrooms and school cafeterias, learning alongside little eaters and partnering with educators around food in schools and early care sites. Farm to school and early care puts the heart in the heartland!