Nola Wilson became the West Virginia/Western Maryland Outreach Leader for Northeast SARE in the summer of 2011. She is based at West Virginia University where she is also an Extension staff member. Nola brings a wealth of experience and talent to the position. She earned dual Bachelor's degrees in Animal Science and Agriculture Education with a minor in Extension at the University of Florida. She served as a Small Farm Extension agent for 10 years in Marion County, Florida, where her Extension program focused on agri-preneurship, beginning farmers and developing a local food system initiative, which included developing a 46-acre 4-H agri-science farm. Prior to leaving Florida to join Northeast SARE and West Virginia University, Nola was developing a small farm demonstration center. Other work included statewide educational efforts to initiate a Florida Small Farms conference, developing a statewide small farms website and serving as state coordinator for Annie's Project. Nola also brings experience from serving on the Florida SARE advisory council and she will be pursuing a master's degree at West Virginia University.
As Outreach Leader for the West Virginia/Western Maryland regional professional development project, Nola will coordinate educational programs for Extension educators and other agricultural service providers, provide outreach about Northeast SARE grant programs and sustainable agriculture information resources to agricultural constituents throughout state, and develop a stronger on-line presence for the West Virginia/Western Maryland professional development educational program.