Idaho Members of the Bi-State Leadership Team
Colette is a University of Idaho Community Food Systems Extension Educator serving north Idaho. She has worked with farmers, community members, non-profits, government agencies and universities to develop community food systems and small farms programs for 25+ years. Colette has offered numerous educational workshops, conferences, field tours, webinars and online courses on local food systems and sustainable agriculture. She is a cofounder of the Cultivating Success™ program and of Rural Roots, Inc. Colette’s small farm education areas of expertise include marketing, risk management, on-farm food safety, and whole farm planning.
Cathy has 20+ years’ experience teaching soil science and sustainable agriculture at Washington State University. She has served on the Rural Roots Board of Directors since 2010 and has been an active collaborator behind Cultivating Success™ since its inception. Cathy has taught courses ranging from introductory soil science and soil conservation to environmental biophysics, soil physics, soil fertility, sustainable agriculture, and food systems. She chaired the committee that developed WSU’s interdisciplinary undergraduate Agricultural and Food Systems BS degree (2005-2008) and was the program's first Academic Director. She currently teaches introductory soil science, pedology, and graduate level research communications. Cathy lives in North Idaho.
Ariel is a University of Idaho Community Food Systems and Small Farms Extension Educator serving southwest Idaho. Her areas of specialization include home and market vegetable production, direct marketing of small farm products, organics and gardening with youth. She coordinated the Canyon County Master Gardeners, created the Idaho Victory Garden Series, and the Master Gardener School Garden Mentor program. Ariel is committed to helping individuals and communities grow. She is one of our Cultivating Success™ instructors for the Treasure Valley.
To learn more about the Washington members of the Bi-State Leadership Team, visit the WSU Cultivating Success website!
Idaho Statewide Team
Karie is a Small Farms and Community Food Systems Extension Education in Payette County. She joined UI Extension in 2018 after serving as a doctoral teaching fellow with the UI College of Natural Resources at the McCall Field Campus. Karie specializes in rural development sociology, resource governance, food systems and social change. She will be planning and leading small farms educational programs for residents in Payette and surrounding counties.
Alison is an instructor at UI in the Department of Soil and Water Systems. Her interest is in promoting and teaching sustainability in agriculture using a systems thinking lens. Alison’s work centers around teaching critical thinking skills needed to help build a sustainable future.
Melissa Hamilton is a community development, ag/horticulture Extension educator in Valley County. Melissa's multi-county work is focused on rural regional planning, multi-modal transportation systems, asset/value based development, meeting facilitation and community food systems.
Jennifer is a Horticulture and Small Farm Extension Educator in Bonner County. She has more than six years of experience coordinating, facilitating, or hosting local workshops, regional conferences, and web- based conferences. She received certification from Holistic Management International and works with farmers to implement whole farm planning principles. Jennifer offers Cultivating Success™ programming in Bonner County and technical support to small farms in Kootenai County.
Iris is a Horticulture and Small Farm Extension Educator in Latah County. This program includes a Master Gardener program, plant clinic for community pest problems, community garden education series and educational programming for small acreage producers. In 2019 she is collaborating with colleagues to pilot a farming education program for U.S. military veterans. Iris has over 15 years of experience in land use planning and project management.
Rebecca is a Livestock and 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator in Gem and Boise Counties. She brings a wealth of experience as an Extension educator. She has technical training in animal science and work experience in 4-H Youth Development, family and consumer sciences and food systems. Rebecca's areas of expertise are produce safety, Food Safety Modernization Act, agricultural literacy, and youth development.
Kate is an Agricultural Extension Educator in Boundary County. She has research areas in Farm & Ranch Management, Organic & Sustainable Agriculture, Biofuels, Climate Change, Value-Added and Alternative Marketing Channels for Farm Products. Areas of specialization include enterprise budgeting and feasibility studies, mathematical programming, organic agriculture, and biofuels from both oilseeds and cellulosic sources in the Pacific Northwest. Kate offers Cultivating Success™ in Boundary County with special focus on Sustainable Farm Business Planning.
Samantha is a Livestock and Small Acreage Extension Educator in Canyon County. She grew up in Nampa, Idaho on five acres raising sheep, cattle and hogs. As a youth, Samantha was very involved in both her FFA chapter and 4-H Club. She is passionate about implementing and creating programs to help our community.
Jennifer Werlin is a Community Food Systems Extension Educator in Teton County. She brings over a decade of environmental educational programming and nonprofit management experience to our program. Her focus includes educational support for small farms, farm-to-school program development, organic gardening education for adults and youth, 4-H youth development, and community development.
Shannon is an Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator in Lemhi County. She has a strong agriculture background from growing up on a small farm and being involved in a family ranch. Shannon's degrees in animal science and human resources complement each other as she works with cattle producers, natural resource managers, 4-H members and community members.