Christiana (Christi) Graver
Extension Associate, Agricultural Program Coordinator
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Christi is the Agricultural Program Coordinator in Northampton County (part of the Lehigh Valley). The Agricultural Program Coordinator position is a brand new Extension position created to help plan, direct, and coordinate agricultural business support in Northampton County. Christi facilitates meetings, training sessions, and other liaison opportunities within Northampton County's agricultural community through collaboration with local agricultural groups and agencies. Aside of being a team member and collaborating with fellow Community & Economic Development Educators, Christi also collaborates with other Extension Team Educators/Staff including the Field & Forage Crops Team and Animal Systems Teams to develop and project programs in the Lehigh Valley area. Christi is also working with Northampton County Department of Community & Economic Development to form "AgConnect" for Northampton County. AgConnect is a network of farmers, business owners, and service providers connecting farmers to business resources, training, and financing to grow business and promoting smart, agricultural economic development (modeled from Chester County AgConnect).
Aside of previous agricultural education and club involvement from Penn State and current professional Penn State Extension work, Christi comes from a family owned livestock and crop farm in Carbon County where she continues to farm with her family today. She also volunteers her time with the Carbon County 4-H Livestock Club as the Organizational Leader and Beef/Sheep/Swine Leader.