Hello SAEA community! I am excited to introduce an exciting new addition to the SAEA community, our new Outreach Coordinator, Sarah Lovett. I have had the privilege of working with Sarah since 2010, in the planning of the 2011 SAEA National Conference here in Lexington, Kentucky, when we were fortunate enough to have Sarah serve as our Conference Coordinator. Those of you who met Sarah at the Kentucky/Virginia Tech conference, or at subsequent national conferences, know that her organizational skills and “git ‘er dun” spirit will be a tremendous asset to our organization!
By way of brief introduction, Sarah has shared a bit of her background and bio:
“As a Paducah Kentucky native I grew up with a love for the outdoors and gardening. Those passions lead me to Lexington, Kentucky where I enrolled in the Sustainable Agriculture bachelor’s degree program at the University of Kentucky. I was one of the 4 women who were the first graduates of the program in 2009. For the past five years I have been working full time as an extension associate for the UK College of Agriculture’s Department of Ag Economics. My focus is on Sustainable Agriculture through the State’s SARE program and KyFarmStart: Kentucky’s beginning farmer program funded through USDA BFRDP.
I worked with SAEA in 2010-2011 on the Kentucky/Virginia Tech co-hosted SAEA Conference. Since then I have worked with several of the members of the steering council on various other academic projects. I am so excited to be working with this organization again and help with the organizations outreach and membership efforts!”
As SAEA Outreach Coordinator, Sarah is tasked with helping our organization communicate with our membership. We are at an exciting growth phase for the organization, finalizing a new organizational strategic plan, which includes developing a number of new ways to serve the teachers and students of sustainable agriculture. We are very happy to have Sarah on board to steward these efforts, and on behalf of the Steering Council, wish to welcome her wholeheartedly to the SAEA!
Chair, SAEA Steering Council
University of Kentucky