Richard Tyson is the Director of the UF/IFAS Extension in Orange County. He received his PhD in Horticultural Sciences and MS in Vegetable Crops Production from the University of Florida. He has spent 27 years in Extension education working with commercial vegetable producers in Florida and 7 years as a commercial vegetable farm manager. He is past president of the Florida State Horticultural Society and received the Excellence in Crop Production and Sustainable Agriculture Awards from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. He is currently focusing on the promotion of local food systems, including sustainable alternative agricultural techniques.