Topic Areas: Ag Marketing, Soil Health, Organic Livestock, Local Foods, Food Equity, Public Policy
Specific Areas of Expertise: Organic certification, recordkeeping, and pastured poultry
Devona Bell has served as Program Director of Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Communities with the National Center for Appropriate Technology since 2017 and is a thought leader in sustainable, regenerative, and equitable farming and food systems. She has 25 years of professional experience in project design and management with a focus on sustainable regenerative agriculture, building local and regional food systems, natural resource management, and rural economic development. Devona focuses on increasing efficiencies along value chains from crop production through processing. She works to improve the productivity and profit margins of small to mid-scale farmers and food hubs to increase competitiveness, service linkages, and market access. She provides technical assistance, capacity building, and training programs for farmers, cooperatives, food hubs, and organizations that focus on food and agriculture enterprise development, food safety, social enterprise, and good food value chains. Devona and her two girls live on their small diversified integrated livestock and produce organic farm in Floyd County with their big Great Pyrenees livestock guardian dog, two barn/house cats and, at times, many other foster dogs.
Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, University of Maryland
Masters degree in Natural Resource Policy and Administration, with an emphasis on multidisciplinary approaches to building sustainable food systems, North Carolina State University
Has worked extensively throughout the U.S. and globally building organizational leadership and capacity, including strategic and business planning.