Ag educator joins local
Extension By BEN KLEIN (firstname.lastname@example.org),
The Times Observer
28, 2013 Juliette Enfield has joined the Penn State Extension Office in
Youngsville as the newest agricultural extension educator.
Enfield holds a masters degree from New Mexico State
University in horticulture and spent two years in the Peace Corps in
Togo working with subsistence farmers.
"It was great, eye opening. I was a natural resource management
volunteer, an agriculture volunteer. I learned a lot about agriculture
over there," she said.
Now working in Warren County, Enfield will focus on
community development and agricultural entrepreneurship by helping
people who want to get into the food market whether it be retail
marketing or starting the business.
"I'm going to be kind of the go-to person for home
gardeners and farmers who have questions or horticultural problems," she
Working at the Penn State Extension Office in
Youngsville means the entire Penn State Extension network is available
as a resource. "If I don't know the answer, I can find it," Enfield
Enfield can be reached through email at
email@example.com or by calling the Penn
State Extension Office at 563-9388.
While Enfield has family in northwestern Pennsylvania,
she is new to Warren County and will be out visiting farmers in the area
within the coming weeks to discuss issues they are having.
"I'm new to Warren, I welcome people coming to me and
telling me about what's going on in Warren," she said.
Enfield has hit the ground running in Warren with a
Food for Profit Workshop that discussed how to start and operate a small
food product business.
Penn State Extension will also hold a Retail Farm
Market School on April 24 at the extension office for $45. The program
is available for anyone who handles, processes, or sells fresh market
produce and will touch on a number of topics such as produce handling,
produce quality, produce merchandising, customer service, sanitation,
and fresh cut produce.
The Master Gardeners of Warren County will also hold
Come Grow With Us on Saturday April 13, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the
Allegheny Community Center in Warren. There is a $30 enrollment fee and
the registration deadline is April 7. For more information visit
www.warrenag.org/gardeners.htm or call 814-763-9388.
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MEET JEFF FOWLER
by Karen Krivonak Davis
Welcome to our new District 2 Penn State Extension Director, Jeff
Fowler! Jeff was asked to come on board upon the retirement of George
Wilcox on July 1, 2011. In the meantime, restructuring took place
dividing the state of Pennsylvania into 19 districts. District 2 is
comprised of Warren, Forest, Venango and Clarion counties. Jeff then
applied and was named the new District 2 Director.
Jeff started with the Extension in 1988 as 4H and
Livestock educator. For the past 6 years he has been County Extension
Director in Forest County. Jeff has been the Venango County Director for
15 years. He graduated from Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA,
one of two locations in the Commonwealth where an agriculture degree may
Jeff’s favorite part of his job over 23 years has been
meeting and interacting with people and helping “teach people what they
don’t even know they need yet”. Unlike in the past when December was a
slow time of the year, Jeff says that his job is active all four
seasons. His hours are flexible according to the needs of the week. The
travel doesn’t bother him in the least as he likes to see the
agricultural landscape and misses the times of the past where he could
meet one-on-one more frequently to assist farmers and citizens with
their problems and tell them of innovations.
Jeff comes from a long line of Cooperative Extension
agents. His grandfather, Dad and 2 uncles were agents. Jeff has been
married to Jamie for 23 years. She is an ordained Presbyterian minister
in Oil City. They have a son, Evan, who is a senior in high school
and has been accepted at Penn State University hoping to pursue Turf
Warren County Future of Ag is pleased to have Jeff as
part of our team.
JUST FOR KIDS: AG AWARENESS
WEEK TARGETS 4TH GRADE STUDENTS
Three hundred and ninety Warren County fourth graders
were active participants in the Mobile Agriculture Lab and events
sponsored by the Farm Bureau Monday, May 23rd through Thursday, May
Warren County Conservation District and Penn
State/Warren County Cooperative Extension staff, Warren County Future of
Agriculture Task Force volunteers, and Teacher Naturalists assisted the
students. They progressed through 4 outdoor venues at the Hatch Run
Conservation Demonstration Area and lessons inside the Mobile Ag Lab and
Conservation District building.
The students were engaged in an experiment to
determine which made the best butter-buttermilk, whole milk or heavy
cream. Ashley Enos, Warren County Dairy Princess presented a lesson to
appreciate dairy products on our grocery shelves.
Students also wended their way through a stream
study, soil study, tree identification and leaf/bark rubbings, learning
the importance of trees in Warren history and today. The 4 day event
provided hands-on learning for students addressing agriculture, science
and conservation standards of Pennsylvania.
Volunteer Teacher Naturalist and Future of
Agriculture Task Force member Karen Davis teaches 4th grade
students about trees.
Dianna Sleeman's soil study activity.
Jean Gomory's stream study students.
Les Sanford doing tree identification.
Mark Davis reading Brother Eagle, Sister Sky.
Leaf rubbings on fabric.
Ag Science in a Mobile lab
A unique educational experience is being conducted in Warren County for
two weeks. The “Mobile Ag Ed Lab” is agriculture on wheels, taking
agriculture to the classroom was developed by the PA Farm Bureau with
several corporate sponsors.
to volunteer Phyllis Wright, one mission of the “Future of Ag Task Force
of Warren County” is to bring science and technology to classrooms for
student and teachers to become aware of agriculture issues, and enhance
PDE academic standards in agricultural science and natural resource
school curriculums, and future careers in agriculture.
40 ft mobile unit travels throughout Pennsylvania with instructors, to
provided hands on science experiences by helping students to identify
problems, form hypothesis, conduct experiments, collect data and draw
conclusions. The 12 work stations in the mobile unit can also provide
scientific experiments related to food safety and nutrition,
Pennsylvania's primary commodities, environment, biotechnology, etc. For
more information go to
Last week nearly 400 fourth grade Warren County School
District students participated in hands-on programs related to milk and
its various properties, and making butter. Last week's four day program
was sponsored by the PA Farm Bureau of Warren County. Approximately 17
volunteers and professionals from Warren County Conservation District,
Warren Penn State Extension, and Warren County PA Farm Bureau, and
Warren County Dairy Princess programs, provided other hands-on
experiences in water, stream, and soil studies, dairy industry,
forestry, and food origin awareness, at the Hatch Run Conservation
This week the mobile lab is at the Tidioute Charter School working with
several grades experiencing various scientific issues.
also learned of the “AG-IN-THE CLASSROOM” teacher workshops for K-12
classes, July 17-22 at Penn State University to learn more hands on
agricultural projects for the classroom. The workshop includes visiting
agriculture production sites; plus courses taught by elementary and
secondary teachers, industry professionals and Penn State University
faculty. Act 48 credits/and or graduate credits, and scholarships are
available. Information is available at
Contact Mark Lawson, President of the Warren Farm Bureau at
814-664-4366 for more information.