Kent Mullinix is Director of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwantlen
Polytechnic University in British Columbia, Canada. The ISFS is an applied research and
extension unit focused on advancing place-based food systems as the foundation of
sustainable community and society. Mullinix attended the University of Missouri where
he earned a B.S. in Agriculture, M.S. in Horticulture and Ph.D. in Agriculture Education.
He also earned a Ph.D. in Plant Science from the University of British Columbia. Before
immigrating to Canada Mullinix was an Associate Professor and the Endowed Joint Chair
in Pomology at Washington State University and Director of Agriculture Programs at
Wenatchee Valley College. His areas of professional focus are pomology,
organic/regenerative crop production systems, regionalization of food systems, and
family-based agriculture revitalization. Mullinix has, lived and worked on farms, owned
and operated a pear orchard with his family in eastern Washington and oversaw the
establishment and management of a 45-acre organic apple, sweet cherry, and peach
teaching and research orchard in eastern Washington. At KPU he led the development of
the unique BSc Sustainable Agriculture degree, the graduate certificate- Sustainable Food
Systems and Security, and the Richmond and Tsawwassen First Nation Farm Schools.