Two join Tioga CCE

Two join Tioga CCE

Barb Neal and Michele Kline are the newest members to join Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County. (Provided Photo)

Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Tioga County would like to introduce two new staff members.

Barb Neal joins the Agriculture Team as Community Horticulture Educator. Neal comes to Tioga CCE with decades of experience in landscaping, tree care, and education.

Neal has a Masters of Professional Studies in Urban Horticulture from Cornell University. Her responsibilities will be to manage the active Master Gardeners’ program, present workshops on diverse landscape topics, and to provide horticultural expertise to community organizations, commercial nurseries and to the general public.

Neal looks forward to sharing her gardening knowledge throughout the area.

Leading the Agriculture team is Michele Kline, the new Tioga County Agriculture Resource Educator.

Kline earned a Bachelor of Technology in Agricultural Business from SUNY Cobleskill and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Cornell University. Before joining Cooperative Extension, Kline was an accomplished secondary agricultural science teacher for many years. She taught at Southern Cayuga in Aurora, N.Y. and then led the New Visions in Life Sciences Program at Cornell University (Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES) in Ithaca.

Kline has been recognized nationally for her accomplishments as an educator most notably for affording opportunities to engage youth with applied scientific research from project planning to publication.

In addition to connecting Tioga County’s farmers with research-based knowledge of Cornell, Kline also serves as regional fruit and vegetable specialist for the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s South Central New York Agriculture Program.

The mission of Cornell Cooperative Extension is to put knowledge to work in pursuit of economic vitality, ecological sustainability and social wellbeing. They bring local experience and research based solutions together, helping New York State families and communities thrive in a rapidly changing world.

To learn more about CCE in Tioga County, you can reach them by calling (607) 687-4020.

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