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New Horticulture and Natural Resources Educator Begins Duties

Posted: June 19, 2014

Erin Frederick has begun her duties as a horticulture and natural resources educator in Penn State Extension for Lehigh and Northampton counties.
Erin Frederick, Penn State Extension – Lehigh and Northampton Counties horticulture and natural resource educator

Erin Frederick, Penn State Extension – Lehigh and Northampton Counties horticulture and natural resource educator

Erin Frederick was recently hired as the Penn State Extension in Lehigh and Northampton counties horticulture and natural resources educator.

This fixed term position has been funded through a partnership of sources that include Lehigh County and the Watershed Coalition of the Lehigh Valley. Previously, she had been working for Penn State Extension in Lehigh and Northampton counties on a part-time basis as the Master Gardener Coordinator and as an Agricultural Marketing Program Assistant for Penn State Extension in Lehigh County.

Notably, she developed and launched the Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward Program.

Erin earned an Environmental Resource Management degree from Penn State. Prior to beginning her positions with Extension, she worked at the Lehigh County Conservation District conducting watershed assessments, stream studies, coordinating educational workshops and assisting local watershed associations.

She also initiated and organized the Lehigh County Seed Farm’s annual charity bike ride and launched the Lehigh Valley Composting Initiative, which helps local restaurants send their food scraps to a farm for composting rather than to a landfill. Erin also served on the Upper Saucon Township Environmental Advisory Council.

Erin’s most significant duties will be to coordinate the Lehigh and Northampton County Master Gardener Program, coordinate the Master Watershed Steward Program in the Lehigh Valley and expand the Master Watershed Steward program throughout Pennsylvania.

Erin was born and raised in the Lehigh Valley. She lives in Upper Saucon Township on a small homestead raising chickens and ducks.