Cheryl Whilby

Anti-Racist Toolkit for Farmers Markets Workgroup Member

Cheryl Whilby (she/her) first discovered her passion for food systems during her senior year of undergrad. Through her studies, she deepened her knowledge in various food insecurity issues and became most interested in how these matters disproportionately impact BIPOC communities. Since moving to Albany, NY in 2016, Cheryl has spent her time finding ways to be more involved in her local food system and address food insecurity in the community. From 2016-2019, she coordinated the recovery of fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms, wholesalers, and other community partners for redistribution to food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters as Capital Roots’ Squash Hunger Coordinator (Troy, NY). Since 2018, she has served as the Market Manager of the Schenectady Greenmarket where she is learning more about our food system and ways to make fresh, local, and healthy food accessible for all. Cheryl is also the Communications Director at Soul Fire Farm in Graton, NY where she supports programming that educates people on racism in our food system and provides BIPOC folks with the tools to be farmers and food justice leaders in their communities