Will Hastings has joined UNH Extension’s Food and Agriculture team as field specialist for Coös County. A University of New Hampshire alumnus, he received his B.S. from the University of New Hampshire in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems in 2015 and his M.Sc. from the University of New Hampshire in Agricultural Science in 2018.
Will has worked in various horticultural roles, most recently in establishing a large-scale controlled-environment hydroponic facility. From 2012-2021 he was based at the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station in Durham; first as a farm crew member and later as a crop technician and project manager for different research groups. This work included floriculture, fruit, vegetable, and some forage production. As a member of the Kiwiberry Breeding and Development program, he established best production practices for northern New England and led grower training events. He also acted as Horticultural Coordinator for UNH Dining Services, educating students and working with them to grow food for the campus dining halls.
His work in Coös County will focus on providing resources and outreach to farmers raising livestock, hay and forages, field crops, fruit, and any other commodities requiring technical assistance.
“Coös is unique to New Hampshire’s counties in the challenges and opportunities it presents for farmers,” says Will. “I’m looking forward to getting to know and learn from the agricultural community so I can provide them the best possible service.”
“Will’s background in diverse cropping systems, horticulture, and plant breeding as well as his love of the outdoors make him an excellent fit for Coös and a valuable resource in the state. We’re excited to see what kind of program he can develop to support the agriculture community in Coös County.” says Production Agriculture AoE Chair, Olivia Saunders.
Please take a moment to join us in welcoming Will to UNH Extension!