Food Studies Program

Jess Gerrior MS

Lecturer II (Adjunct)
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Academic Degrees

  • PhD Candidate in Environmental Studies, Antioch University New England
  • MS in Environmental Studies, Antioch University New England
  • BS in Biology, University of New Hampshire

Profile

Jess joined the USM faculty in Spring 2020, co-teaching Food & The Environment with Jamie Picardy. Jess currently teaches Introduction to Food Systems and other courses within the Food Studies Program. She previously taught and designed graduate courses on food and sustainability in Keene State College's Master of Public Health program, and taught Environmental Education Master's courses at Antioch University New England. She was the Sustainability Coordinator and Educator at Franklin Pierce University, where she managed the Sustainability Center and Sustainability Certificate program. Her earlier teaching experience includes Biology, Microbiology, Environmental Science, and Human Biology courses at several campuses in the Community College System of NH.

Jess is a Network Leader with the NH Food Alliance, a Board member with The Community Kitchen, and member of the Food Access Working Group with Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition, where she formerly served as Board Chair. Jess is a PhD Candidate in Environmental Studies, with experience in critical, community-based, and photovoice research. Her Service Learning Project, Cultivating Community, focused on the experiences of people working in food systems within the Monadnock Region. The working title of her dissertation is Growing the Gardener: A Critical Autoethnography of Community Food Systems Education.

Jess's community and nonprofit roles include coordinating farm-based programs and teaching in school gardens at Cornucopia Project, based in Peterborough, NH, and directing NH Gleans, a statewide network connecting fresh farm produce, volunteers, and local hunger efforts. At home, Jess and her family raise laying hens, vegetables, herbs, berries, and native flowers and run a small garden CSA, Hindsight Gardens.