Regional SARE Educator
Jason Challandes is based at Delaware State University, but partners with the University of Delaware and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He worked in the small farms program as a student at DSU and graduated in 2008 with a B.S. degree in environmental science. During his college career, Jason's interest and ability for creating multimedia outreach projects grew as he produced two short educational videos: one for the promotion of a field course in Belize and another describing the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve. Jason now hopes to bring some of these ideas and experiences to the outreach efforts of SARE.
Jason's SARE activities focus on promoting sustainable agriculture techniques in the region by educating agriculture service providers so that they, in turn, will share this knowledge with the farmers that they assist. The SARE program in Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland has had great success in the past few years promoting season extension strategies. The next three year project will focus on beekeeping, and soil health topics, including cover crops. Jason also assists farmers directly, promotes the Northeast SARE grant programs, and maintains research and demonstration plots.