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Emerson Fellow

Brian Shobe

20th Class, 2013-2014

Field Placement: Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona (Tucson, AZ)

Brian designed an outcome measurement process for a program that installs gardens at households with low incomes and provides free gardening workshops and materials to community members. He developed several outcome measurement tools, which include garden record-keeping forms and a pre/post survey, track changes in gardeners’ food security, fruit and vegetable consumption, mental and physical health, self-efficacy, gardening skills, and peer-to-peer education.

Hunger Free Community Report:

Assessing Impact: A Toolkit for Outcome Measurement in Community Food Security Programs is a resource for program and administrative staff at anti-hunger and community food security organizations who want to better understand program impacts and improve community food security. This toolkit offers an introduction to, case studies of, and advanced tools for outcome measurement.

Policy Placement: National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (Washington, DC)

Brian researched the programs, passage and implementation of the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act in order to educate the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s member organizations about child nutrition policy. He also updated a guide to federal programs that fund sustainable farming practices, consumer food access, natural resources conservation, and economic development for rural and urban communities.

Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:

Originally from South Dakota, Brian graduated from Beloit College in 2012 with a degree in sociology. At Beloit, Brian interned with a youth gardening program, researched barriers to participation in a community garden, conducted an urban agriculture feasibility study for a coalition of non-profits, and orchestrated a meeting between local leaders to discuss regional food and job creation opportunities. He also participated in grassroots campaigns, including one to legalize backyard chicken-keeping. Brian has worked on two farms, where he planned and managed intensive gardens, sold produce through a farmers’ market, and worked with cattle.