Food Studies (MAFS) Faculty and Staff
Director and Instructor of Sustainable Agriculture
Joined Chatham : 2011
With more than 20 years of experience in Sustainable Agriculture, Matthews, who is a multi-generation farmer, has been teaching students, nonprofits, businesses and other farmers about sustainable practices up and down the mid- to north-eastern United States for a while. For the last nine years, Matthews has been coordinating farm viability business planning, focusing on product development and sustainable production with more than 180 diversified farms. He has also coordinated research on cooperative development, biofuels, farmers’ markets and even shiitake mushrooms. He serves as adjunct Instructor at UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for undergraduate and graduate students. In recent years, Matthews has been involved in several international presentations of his work in Lithuania, Canada, The Netherlands, Macedonia, Crete and Portugal. He has initiated successful grant proposals totaling more than $2.1 million during that time. Matthews has held numerous leadership roles including being a member of U.S. Senator Sanders’ (VT) Farm Advisory Committee, of the USDA Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Technical Council and of the Funding Diversity Partnership Center for Rural Affairs/Kellogg Foundation, as well as a member of the Vermont Renewable Energy Alliance. He has worked for the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, helping to establish Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance here in western Pennsylvania.