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Digging into horticulture: Meet Pitt County’s newest extension agent

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Hannah Smith

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By Hannah Smith

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Are you easily distracted by beautiful landscapes or unique gardens? Would you love to know the trick to growing fruits and veggies? Just wish you could figure out how to rid yourself of those stubborn mystery weeds?

Well, as a self-titled ‘professional plant nerd’, my answer to all of those questions (and more) is yes! So, if yours is too, then you’re in good company here.

Hello, my name is Hannah Smith and I am the new horticulture extension agent serving Pitt County.

It is my genuine pleasure to continue the tradition of contributing horticulture focused columns to our community through the Daily Reflector. I hope this first article will help you learn a little more about your new extension agent as well as provide information on how to connect so that I can be of service to you.

I am a native of Eastern North Carolina; growing up in southern Wayne County. Agriculture, in all its forms, has always been an essential part of my everyday life but I have a special place in my heart for horticulture, which is why I chose that subject as the focus of my professional career.

You could say I took the long road to becoming an extension agent, however I believe it has made me better equipped to serve this community. My background includes being a high-school agriculture education teacher, work in sales and production at a wholesale nursery as well as organizing education and more for the North Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association.

Those diverse experiences have provided me with a unique perspective on the industry along with valuable relationships with stakeholders that help me continue to learn and grow.

As a memorable mentor of mine would say “If you’re green you’re growing, when you’re ripe you rot.” I plan to be green and growing here in Pitt County for years to come.

I hope that you will stop by our offices in the Pitt County Agricultural Center or visit the N.C. Cooperative Extension — Pitt County Center site for more information on my program area and all the ways we can connect. I look forward to meeting and serving you. Thank you for reading and keep “digging in.”

Cooperative Extension

N.C. Cooperative Extension professionals in all 100 counties and with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians connect millions of North Carolinians with research-based information and technology from N.C. State and N.C. A&T. Educational programs specialize in agriculture, food and nutrition, 4-H youth development, community development and the environment. Find your local center at www.ces.ncsu.edu/local-county-center.

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