New Sustainable Agriculture Educator

Posted: December 5, 2016

A new Sustainable Agriculture Educator, Megan Chawner, joined Penn State Extension in Lehigh and Northampton counties the beginning of December.

Originally from the Hudson Valley in New York, Megan earned her undergraduate degree from Lafayette College in Biology and her Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Soil Science and Agroecology.

From 2011 to 2012, at the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service in Salinas, CA, she worked with plant breeders to develop disease resistant varieties of lettuce. For the next two and a half years, while pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Wisconsin, she worked with local farmers on quantifying the benefits of radish as a cover crop in field crop rotations. From 2015 to 2016, at University of Wisconsin Extension, she joined Discovery Farms to research nitrogen use efficiency and soil health of grain and dairy farmers across the state.

Megan is excited to share her expertise with the farmers and communities in Lehigh and Northampton counties, working as part of the statewide horticulture team. She can be reached at or by calling the Lehigh county office at 610-391-9840, or the Northampton county office at 610-746-1970.

Contact Information

Megan Chawner
  • Extension Educator, Vegetable
Phone: 610-391-9840