Regan Emmons is the Farmers Market Promotion Program coordinator for Utah State University and is working to strengthen a generative network for farmers markets in UT and helps markets increase capacity to accept SNAP.
Originally from East Tennessee, Regan has lived in the west for 16 years in Hawaii, Arizona, and Oregon before moving to rural Utah. She has worked in agriculture and community food system development for the last 11 years. This work included being a K-12 food system and environmental educator, a Community Supported Agriculture operator, a researcher, and 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 focus.
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. She earned a Masters of Art in Sustainable Communities from Northern Arizona University.