Andy Swiger Land-Grant Award

Kim Niewolny

Kim Niewolny, an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education, personifies the Andy Swiger Land-Grant Award award by enthusiastically and creatively promoting agriculture education through Extension and outreach efforts.

She has grown the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program through prolific work with Virginia Cooperative Extension. Niewolny leads this multi-organizational and interdisciplinary coalition program to develop whole-farm programming and curriculum for farm start-ups in the commonwealth. Niewolny has led numerous professional meetings and trainings throughout Virginia to ensure that there will not only be a next generation of farmers, but that they will succeed in their endeavors to feed the commonwealth and the world.