Emma Erler will join Extension’s Food & Agriculture team on Sept. 11 as coordinator of the Education Center in Goffstown. Emma is a native of New Hampshire and is a 2013 UNH graduate with a B.S. in environmental horticulture and a minor in wildlife ecology.
Emma comes to Extension with a rich background in public horticulture, including internships at Longwood Gardens and the Morris Arboretum, both in Pennsylvania. She most recently worked as a gardener at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Mass., and as a horticulturalist at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, Mass. Emma is a long-time volunteer with the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness.
“Emma’s passion for horticulture and her enthusiasm for learning and education make her a perfect fit to lead our Education Center,” says program team leader Amy Papineau.
In her role as Education Center coordinator, Emma will share her horticultural expertise and passion with staff, volunteers, and home gardeners throughout the state. Emma will work with Master Gardener volunteers to answer the thousands of questions submitted annually to the Info Line; design and deliver educational workshops and presentations for the state’s gardening public; and develop new projects and initiatives to provide education about gardening and nature.