Fetahovic named urban food systems program coordinator

Wednesday, July 11, 2023 | Written by Beth Jones

Fresh vegetables at a supermarket.


OLATHE — Semra Fetahovic joins Kansas State University Olathe as the urban food systems program coordinator, effective July 10.

In this role, Fetahovic will provide leadership in marketing and outreach for the urban food systems program. She will be responsible for developing and maintaining websites, social media, videos, print media and hosting outreach events that are relevant to the program and the Urban Food Systems Symposium, which is held every two years.

Additionally, Fetahovic will recruit and maintain communication with graduate students in the academic program and apprentices of the Growing Growers educational program. She also facilitates communication amongst relevant stakeholders and serves as a resource to students and staff on matters relating to administrative policies and procedures. She also will assist faculty in developing and managing grant-funded and other projects that promote the success of the urban food systems program.

“The urban food system team is thrilled to announce our new program coordinator,” said Tricia Jenkins, teaching assistant professor of urban foods. “With years of professional experience in Kansas City urban agriculture, the team welcomes her meaningful perspectives and dedication to food system transformation. We know she will help us grow as a program.”

Prior to joining the team at K-State Olathe, Fetahovic worked as a program manager for New Roots for Refugees at Cultivate KC. She assisted farmers in all aspects related to their farm business, including field planning, vegetable production, sales, communication and financials. She managed the program budget, wrote and administered grants and facilitated program development. Fetahovic was also responsible for overseeing the training farm, managing farm inventory, conducting outreach, hosting on-farm events and managing on-site employees and volunteers.

Fetahovic holds a master’s degree in organic agricultural and food systems from the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany and a bachelor’s degree in international business administration from Truman State University in Missouri.