Alan R. Hunt, Ph.D., is passionate about policy, research, communications, coalition-building and stakeholder engagement to further local, regional and sustainable food systems. Growing up on his family’s farm in New Jersey, he experienced the outdoors at a time of rapid farmland development. He pursued a B.S. in Environmental Studies at Bates College, in Maine, and while on a junior year abroad trip to England in 2002, he encountered his first farmers market. He was inspired by farmers markets and their potential to form community, generate farm income and help preserve farmland. With this vision, he laid a course to focus his undergraduate thesis and Masters degree on the topic. After graduating from Duke University with a degree in Environmental Economics and Policy, Alan began professional work in Washington, D.C. on a 4-year farm bill coalition and led policy on local food, food access and rural development. Ever curious about policy process, Alan became a Fulbright Scholar and earned his Ph.D. in Rural Development from Newcastle University, UK. He returned to the farm in 2013, bringing it back after skipping a generation. Alan consults through Local Food Strategies, LLC and provides advice on the farm bill, local food systems and food access. His family is the third and fourth generations on his family’s farm along the Musconetcong River in Bethlehem Township, NJ.