Matthew Smith

Raised in Florida, Matthew served in the Air Force and worked at a variety of jobs before returning to school at NC State University in 2014, where he is now studying for his PhD in plant breeding with Dr. Jim Holland.  Matthew’s current research focuses on southeastern-adapted heirloom food corn, although he looks forward to expanding into underutilized crops after graduation.  Matthew looks forward to bringing the mission of The People’s Seed to the wider professional plant breeding community, especially other students, to increase recognition of the need for local breeders working with local growers and food consumers to ensure a sustainable, quality food supply.