Jeanette Abi-Nader

Jeanette Abi-Nader is Executive Director of City Schoolyard Garden, a Charlottesville non-profit providing gardens and garden-based learning for healthy living skills, enhanced academics and youth leadership in our public schools. Prior to CSG, Jeanette worked for a dozen years with the national food justice non-profit, the Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) as the Evaluation and Training and Capacity Building Director.  Jeanette authored publications on strategic evaluation and planning including Whole Measures for Community Food Systems, Community Food Project Indicators of Success, and Growing Communities Curriculum.  Jeanette served as the Board Treasure for the American Community Gardening Association, Vice President of the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Board of Directors, and as a founding member of the Growing Food and Justice for All initiative (GFJI). GFJI is a national network focused on dismantling racism in the food system. Jeanette is an experienced farmer, having launched the first community supported agriculture project in the state of Louisiana and as Director of Farms for Frontier Natural Products Co-op. She has a Masters of Science in Sustainable Systems/Agroecology and is a certified permaculture designer and instructor.