Margaret Patkus, B.A.


Ms. Margaret Patkus double majored in Environmental Studies and Race & Ethnic Studies at St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN). Her passions for food justice, community health, and food system sustainability were ignited during her internship as an educator with the Poughkeepsie Farm Project (Poughkeepsie, NY) during the summer of 2016. This led her to pursue several community engagement roles with non-profit organizations as well as a semester in Italy studying the economics and culture of sustainable food systems. Margaret began her position as a Fellow with the ISGP in September 2019, contributing to internal research efforts and stakeholder identification/engagement associated with the planning of prospective ISGP programs. This work has spanned topics such as global bioeconomy development, agricultural biotechnology, agroecology/soil health, climate change impacts on the nutritional quality of food, and food traceability. Most recently, Margaret has played a key supportive role in the development and organization of the ISGP Sustainable Agriculture: The Role of Plant Breeding Innovation (SA-PB) program anticipated to convene in November 2020.