Stephanie Sosinski earned a B.S. in sustainable agriculture from the University of Maine in 2009, and graduated with an M.S. in crop science from North Carolina State University in 2022.
She is originally from Roanoke, VA, although growing up in a military family led her to move and travel extensively throughout the U.S. and internationally, before finally settling in New Hampshire in 2003. She began her professional journey working primarily with small-scale fruit and vegetable production throughout the Northeast (including in New Hampshire, Maine and New York). However, her first job upon graduating with her bachelor's was as a field crop technician with UMaine Cooperative Extension.
A love for travel and family gradually led her to North Carolina in 2012, where she gained diverse experiences that included working on a specialty herb and flower farm, developing an after-school garden curriculum for underserved youth, co-founding a community garden and, for the last six years, serving as a research technician for the Forage and Grassland program in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at NC State University.
Although her position was a departure from horticulture, Sosinski particularly appreciated the opportunity it gave her to represent North Carolina Cooperative Extension and provide education and outreach to the public. Additionally, she was able to deepen her knowledge, technical and analytical skills by concurrently pursuing her master's degree while in the program.
"I am truly thrilled to return to New Hampshire and connect with home gardeners throughout the state," says Sosinski. "There is a particular satisfaction and multiple benefits that can come from gardening and maintaining the landscape around one's home, and I look forward to offering the highest quality information and service to help all gardeners to grow their best!"