Madeleine Arseneau

M.Sc. Student, University of Guelph
Supervisor: Dr. Helen Hambly

About Madeleine Arseneau

Madeleine grew up in Milton, Ontario where she watched the town go from rural and predominantly farm intensive to an urban bedroom community. This sparked her interest in geography and development. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Geography at the University of Guelph.

Working for the Arrell Food Institute and Feeding 9 Billion for the past year, she had the chance to learn more about the agri-food sector and gain hands-on experience. In her last year, she completed an undergraduate research project where she examined the need for a cross-sectoral coalition to address food insecurity in Nova Scotia. Through these experiences, she developed a deeper passion for agriculture and farmer knowledge.

The main goal of her research will be to enhance Canada’s agri-food sector and understanding of climate-smart soils by examining the role of education and knowledge mobilization strategies used by farmers to access and apply soil related information in their practices. After the program, she hopes to work to educate youth and farmers on topics relating to soil and agri-food.

She has visited Nova Scotia 34 times and hopes to one day live on the East Coast. She loves gardening and hopes to educate youth to grow their own food through school food programs.