It has been two years since Mary Griffith was hired as the Agriculture & Natural Resources Extension Educator back in 2015.
Griffith grew up in Northeast Ohio and worked on fruit and vegetable farms which lead her to work at a farmers market.
She attended college at The Ohio State University and pursued a degree in “Ag. Economics and Policy” because I was interested in the policy and tax issues that all the farmers were dealing with that I was working with,” Griffith said.
When she graduated, she got a job at the Extension for a couple of years working on a farm-to-school program to help farmers figure how to work with institutional buyers.
During her time at the Extension, she went back to school to earn a degree in Plant Pathology and was studying plant diseases.
She then got a job at the Greene County Extension office and when Madison County’s Extension office had an open spot, Griffith was hired.
Griffith said, “In this job, I meet a lot of interesting people and I learn a lot of interesting things … and with this job, the challenge but also the fun part of it is that my Ag. program here is a one man show. And it’s pretty broad and because of that, I have been doing a lot of digging and troubleshooting that I never knew existed. The best part of this job is that you meet a lot of great people.”
An interesting opportunity that Griffith has had while in this position was attending the North American Manure Expo in London last year at the Farm Science Review. “I was on the committee for that and I met some interesting people doing work specifically specializing in manure throughout not just our state, but the country and Canada,” she said.
She won an achievement award and most recently was able to go to Salt Lake City, Utah this year for the National County Agents Conference. In Utah, she “met a lot of people doing my job in different parts of the states and hearing about the different challenges they have.”
As far as new programs, Griffith is still working up the schedule for her winter programs.
There are required programs that she runs such as the pesticide and fertilizer re-certification training. “At the end of this year, I will probably have had every applicator come through,” Griffith said.
Last year, a farm breakfast series was started and Griffith partnered with the Union County Extension office and the Farm Bureau. She plans on having this event again but has yet to set a date or the topics.
Another program that Griffith is planning with the Farm Bureau is to have a celebration before harvest gets started this year. The date for this event is Sept. 6 at 2875 Oneida Drive in London. “Red Brick Tavern is catering the dinner and there will be a comedian coming to do a program. This is meant to be a community building event,” Griffith said.
“It is that community building piece that I like the best about this job, and that I hope I can develop more with my program.”
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mary Griffith at 740-852-0975 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reach Mallory Powell at 740-852-1616, ext. 1616.