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Martin Bailkey is a consultant and researcher on community food systems. His entry into the field occurred in the late 1990s when he and Jerry Kaufman conducted research sponsored by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy that, in 2000, resulted in one of the first assessments of the viability of vacant urban land parcels as sites for in-city farming. Before entering food systems, Martin spent 15 years teaching in professional degree programs in architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning, the three disciplines in which he earned degrees from Tulane University, the University of Oregon, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, respectively. Martin spent 5 years (2010-2015) as outreach and program coordinator for Growing Power, Inc., and co-project manager of the Community and Regional Food Systems Project based at UW-Madison. As a CRC staff member he now co-manages the creation of a new School for Urban Agriculture, a collaboration between the UW-Madison Center of Integrated Agricultural Systems, Community GroundWorks and CRC.