Regan Emmons is the Farmers Market Promotion Program coordinator for Utah State University and is working to develop a generative network for farmers markets in UT, and organizes technical assistance and trainings for markets and direct market farmers. She is also initiating collaborative projects and partnerships throughout the state to advance the knowledge of the barriers facing low-income and underserved individuals from attending farmers markets. She earned a Masters of Art in Sustainable Communities from Northern Arizona University.
Regan has lived in the west for 16 years, specifically in Hawaii, Arizona and Oregon before moving to rural Utah. She has worked in agriculture and community food system development for the last 10 years. This work included being a K-12 food system and environmental educator, a Community Supported Agriculture program operator, and a food system researcher in Northern Arizona. Regan also served as the coordinator for the Rogue Valley Food System Network from 2016-2018 where food access programming such as Veggie RX, SNAP use and SNAP incentive programs at farmers markets was a major focus. Regan was a part of an advocacy effort that resulted in the appropriation of $1.5 million for a SNAP incentive program called Double Up Food Bucks from the Oregon state legislature.
Regan is interested in advancing food system work in rural and underserved communities to increase healthy and locally produced food options while providing economic opportunities and broad community benefits. She enjoys working in collaboration with partners and uses systems thinking and collective impact as a guiding force behind her work. When not working or not hanging out at a farmers markets, she can be found gardening, hiking on public lands or floating on the Green River near her home in Northeastern UT.