Tarah Young Joins Hubbard County Extension Office as Interim Educator


Young grew up on a beef farm outside of Buffalo, Minnesota, and attended Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, where he earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in agronomy-plant science and agro-industry. . She is currently preparing her master’s degree in applied plant sciences with a specialization in agronomy and agroecology at the U of M.

Since graduating in December 2019, she has worked as a local educator in County Carlton.

When asked what drew her to Hubbard County, she called it “definitely where I would like to be someday, because I have family here and wanted to be from. back here, as well as the community and how they have a mix of agriculture, food systems and forestry. . It was a really cool mix of a lot of what we do at Extension.

Describing her position as “a bit of everything” offered by the Extension, Young said she was excited to start recruiting people for the Master Gardeners program, offering a course in food canning and offering educational opportunities in forestry and grazing.

She encourages residents to stop by or call the extension office if they want to learn more about maintaining their lawn, garden or farm.

Young lives with her boyfriend, Kyle, north of Nevis. Since Kyle has been racing boats, the couple have spent a lot of time cruising the rivers and lakes in the area. Young also looks forward to hiking, skiing, and all the other outdoor activities that Hubbard County has to offer.

According to Sarah Chur, head of the AFNR Extension program, Young’s position is an acting position of 14 hours per week. Young said it would work perfectly with his ongoing studies.

Meanwhile, Chur said, the county extension committee will spend the fall looking for a permanent AFNR educator to begin in January.

“The county extension committee and county administration board have been very supportive in making this an extension educator position,” Chur said, “and really good in setting some priorities.”

With Sally Shearer’s retirement at the end of 2020, Chur said, there are “big shoes ahead of Tarah,” with a track record of good work in horticulture, arboriculture, agriculture. , coordinating master gardeners and more.

“I have no doubts that Tarah can do it,” Chur added. “As an extension educator, she can be an intermediary to organize a day in the field”, such as a cow-calf day or an agronomic-culture subject. “There are things that she can learn on her own, but also, she has access to all the resources of the university. “

Chur said the Extension’s mission is to link university resources to the needs of the community.

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