Welcome, Natalie Parkell

Press release by Liz Southers


The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Martin County Is Proud To Announce Our New 4-H Agent, Natalie Parkell.

June 28, 2018- Stuart, FL

The University of Florida IFAS Extension Martin County is announcing and welcoming Natalie Parkell as the Martin County 4-H Youth Development Program Agent. Natalie will be charged with applying her experience and unique perspective to the UF/IFAS Extension mission, “To provide research-based knowledge and educational programs enabling people to make practical decisions to improve their quality of life.”

Natalie exemplifies a poNatalie Parkell, 4-H Agent in Martin county, Floridasitive and progressive team member for the growing UF/IFAS Extension staff and 4-H program. After earning her Master’s Degree from the University of Virginia, Natalie began her career as a school teacher with a special focus on alternative programs for at-risk youth. After moving to Florida, Natalie began a career as a speaker and presenter for the University of Florida IFAS Extensions in Martin, Collier, Pasco and Pinellas Counties. She educated communities on small farms and gardening initiatives, which included lectures and demonstrations for local residents regarding aspects of hydroponic growing, horticulture, marketing, and integrated pest management. Natalie went on to join the board of the Martin County Extension Service Advisory Committee and became a regional consultant for the State of Florida Gardening and Hydroponics Department.

Parkell comes to the 4-H Agent position bringing 15+ years of experience as an educator, research specialist, and communications professional. Her most recent position was as a Farm to School and Community Food System Specialist, with the UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program. The objective of this program is to implement school and community gardens in 4 counties for limited resource populations, support local procurement efforts in schools, serve on wellness committees, work with farmers to increase market channels while meeting food safety standards, and build coalitions of school food authorities, farmers, aggregators, Extension agents, and other stakeholders as relevant to increase procurement of local food and increase healthy food choices in the region.

Visit our UF/IFAS Extension Service office: http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/martin/

Join us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Martin.ifas.ufl.edu

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Posted: June 28, 2018


Category: 4-H & Youth, Agriculture, Clubs & Volunteers, Fruits & Vegetables, Horticulture, Professional Development, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: 4-H Agent, Education, Extension, Gardening


Comments:

Mary Wilson
April 26, 2021

We need our soil tested in our yard. We live in Hobe Sound. Where should we go to get our soil testing bags etc and how many samples can we send?

Nelson Merchan-Cely
March 2, 2021

Muy interesante la exposicion del problema. Seria maravilloso presentar la forma en que ese problema se solucionaria. Los lideres de cada comunidad pueden ayudar muchisimo a promover la vinculacion al Seguro de Salud. Dada la importancia del trabajador agricola con mayor razon motivarlos para que participen en su promocion. Dios les bendiga. Nelson Merchan-Cely Presidente, Hispanics in Action, Inc.

Carl Frost
August 26, 2020

Next blog post on Florida farms send me a link and I'll share on our farm Facebook page.

Barbara McAdam
July 29, 2020

Very timely blog! Many of us noted irrigation systems running on our way into work last week during heavy rain. The irrigation systems were in shopping centers with large parking lots which can easily flood and the irrigation contributed to larger areas being flooded out and not available for parking. New design recommendations for large expanses of parking areas is much needed and UF/IFAS/Extension has information that can be developed to provide concise details and examples for codes to be developed. something to work on as flooding and drought events are becoming more common.

Kim Bentz

July 29, 2019

Hello Janet, The next Master Gardener Training will be January 2020. You may contact the coordinator, Jennifer Pelham, 772-288-5654 for more information. We look forward to adding another member to our Master Gardener Family. Best regards, Kim

Yvette Goodiel

November 20, 2018

Hi Ruth, Our 2019 tree giveaway will be held on Saturday, January 19th. Please keep checking our website and Facebook for more information. You may also contact our new Master Gardener Coordinator and County Extension Director, Jennifer Pelham, at 772-288-5654. Yvette

Ruth Fox
November 18, 2018

, RuthYvette: Will you be having a seedling giveaway in 2019? Do you have a calendar of events for 2019? Thank You Ruth

Carl Frost
July 15, 2018

Welcome to the 4H neighborhood Natalie!

Kim Bentz

July 10, 2018

Hello Janet, The Master Gardener Program in Martin County will begin the application process this Fall 2018 with an early 2019 class start. Please contact our office at 772-288-5654 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Janet Raider
June 29, 2018

Will you be offering a Master Gardener class anytime soon? I was a Master Gardener in Fayette County, KY, and am interested in taking the course in Martin County.

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