UF/IFAS Extension and Bok Tower Gardens Partnership
School and Community Gardens

Master Gardener Volunteer Form for School and Community Gardens

Description of Program

Our school and community garden initiatives are designed to foster improved awareness of the importance of plants and to support garden related projects that enhance the nutrition, health and wellness, environment, academics and cultural atmosphere of schools and community organizations. The school garden program focuses on providing education and technical assistance to empower educators with the tools they need to cultivate an outdoor learning environment where academic concepts flourish. The community garden program focuses on providing education and technical assistance to empower communities with the tools they need to develop vibrant community gardens.

UF/IFAS Extension and Bok Tower Gardens support community and school gardens by providing the following services:

  • Educational opportunities, such as workshops, demonstrations, and tours.
  • Training and resources to schools and communities to start and maintain gardens.
  • Online, print and multimedia resources that offer practical advice and unbiased, research based information.

Educational Background

 

Erin Elsberry

  • Masters of Agriculture – Farm Management, Auburn University, 1997
  • Bachelors of Agricultural Economics and Business – Marketing and Management, Auburn University, 1995.

Susan Tyler

  • Master in Public Health - Health Education and Promotion, University of South Florida, 2014
  • Master of Applied Anthropology - University of South Florida, 2014
  • Bachelor of Anthropology - University of South Florida, 2009

Experience

 

Erin Elsberry

  • UF/IFAS Extension, Regional Specialized Agent – School Gardens, 2015 – present.
  • Hillsborough County Public Schools, High School Agriculture Teacher, 2002-2015.
  • UF/IFAS – Hillsborough County Extension, Commercial Vegetable Agent, 2000 – 2002.

Susan Tyler

  • Regional Specialized Agent I, University of FL IFAS, 2015 – present
  • Health Manager, Molina Healthcare, 2014-2015
  • Graduate Research Assistant, University of South Florida, 2011-2014
  • Community Garden Intern, Farmworker Association of Florida, 2013
  • Grower and Market Intern, Down to Earth Farm, 2011
  • Heifer International Residential Volunteer, Heifer International Overlook Farm, 2009-2010

Professional Memberships & Activities

 

Erin Elsberry

  • Association of Natural Resources Extension Professionals – 2015
  • Florida Association Natural Resources Extension Professionals – 2015
  • American Horticulture Society - 2015

Susan Tyler

  • Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP) - 2016
  • Florida Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (FANREP) - 2016
  • American Community Gardening Association (ACGA), 2015—present

University Service

 

Erin Elsberry

  • Alto and Patrecia Straughn Extension Educational Improvement Award Committee - 2015
  • South-Central District Green Team - 2015

Susan Tyler

  • Alto and Patrecia Straughn Extension Educational Improvement Award Committee - 2015
  • South-Central District Green Team - 2015

 

 

 



 

Contact Information

Erin Elsberry
School Gardens Extension Agent

Polk County
1151 Tower Blvd Lake Wales FL 33853-3470
Phone: (863) 455-5283
Email: eelsberry@ufl.edu

 

Contact Information

Susan Tyler
Community Gardens Extension Agent

Polk County
1151 Tower Blvd
Lake Wales FL 33853-3470
Phone: (863) 455-5282
Email: styler0308@ufl.edu

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