Food System Staff Directory

Dane County UW-Extension
5201 Fen Oak Drive, Room 138
Madison, WI 53718-8812
Phone: 608-224-3700
Fax: 608-224-3727

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Carrie Edgar

Carrie Edgar, Dept. Head & Community Food Systems Educator 

Carrie serves as the Department Head & Community Food Systems Educator for Dane County UW Extension.  A passionate supporter of local food, a great deal of her work focuses on community food systems and community capacity building.  Carrie serves as staff for the Dane County Food Council, facilitates the Dane County Food Coalition, serves on the Madison Food Policy Council, and is an Advisory Board member of the Dane County Institutional Food Marketing Coalition.

Lexa Dundore

Lexa Dundore, Community Food Systems Assistant

Lexa has worked with a variety of food access and production entities throughout Dane County. Her most recent position was as a Food Security Specialist with Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin (CAC), coordinating the FoodShare Program at Dane County Farmers’ Market. Lexa also has experience working on a food processing team out of the FEED Kitchens, doing small-scale organic farm and garden work, and maintains an EBT access at farmers’ markets blog at She brings to UW-Extension a passion for systems analysis, food justice, and social equity. Lexa graduated from UW-Madison with bachelors degrees in Legal Studies and Sociology, as well as a certificate in Criminal Justice.

Alissa Schmitz

Alissa Schmitz, Community Food Systems AmeriCorps VISTA

Alissa has just moved to the Madison Area to pursue her Food Systems AmeriCorps Vista position with Dane County UW Extension. She found her passion of working in the food systems world during an internship in Duluth, MN with Fair Food Access, where she helped start the Grocery Express Bus, conducted tastings and EBT outreach at a farmer’s market, and taught cooking classes to individuals living in low-income housing.  Alissa graduated from UW- La Crosse with a bachelors degree in Community Health Education. She is passionate about providing underserved populations with access to fresh, local foods along with a variety of ways to cook and eat healthy.