Ag educator joins local Extension

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 said.

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 said.

Enfield can be reached through email at jse15@psu.edu 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, processess, 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.