Members of the Leadership Team

Ben Lerew -Chairperson

Ben Lerew YGA ChairpersonBen is the third generation to grow fruit at Lerew Brothers' Orchards. Ben is also a member of the State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania Research Committee. When he is not in the orchard he can often be found on the stream fly fishing or out in the woods hunting.

Andrew Schwalm -Vice Chair

Andrew Schwalm Vice ChairAndrew is a third generation grower of tree fruit, asparagus, corn and soybeans. He is an innovator and built his own asparagus washer/cutter and two harvesting machines. His operation is in Hegins, PA, and he enjoys the opportunities YGA offers to network with other young growers.

Katie Epstein - Treasurer

Katie Epstein TreasurerKatie is a loan officer with AgChoice Farm Credit working with growers in York, Adams and surrounding counties where she has been since 2008 after graduating from Cornell University. When not involved with AgChoice responsibilities or volunteering with the many local organizations she is involved with she helps on her family’s dairy farm and enjoys spending time with her family, especially cheering on her husband who is a marathon runner.

Committee Members

Liaison to State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania (SHAP) — Andrew Schwalm

Liaison to YGA of Virginia — Philip Glaize

Liaison to Maryland Horticultural Society — Ben Butler

Liaison to US Apple — Mark Boyer

Horticulture Student Support (SHAP Scholarship)—Sidney Kuhn, Wayne Hollabaugh, Jen Baugher

Workshops & Speaking Engagements (Transition Planning)
Ryan Callahan, Sarah Zost, Katie Epstein, Hallie Van Horn, Zoe Milburn, Adam Dellinger

Tours (Sharing Diversification & Marketing Ideas, Exploring Innovations)
Justin Weaver, Corey McCleaf, Tyler Butler, Andrew Schwalm, Mike Flinchbaugh

Service Work & Leadership Development—Ben Keim, Maggie Travis, Julie Bolyard, Tyler Fetters, Philip Glaize, Mark Boyer, Steven Johnston

Professional Development —Matt Strite, Ben Lerew, Katie Epstein, Clair Kauffman, Greg Wenk, Kyle Benner

Liaison to IFTA -
 Jen Baugher

Penn State Extension

Tara Baugher

Tara BaugherFrom its beginning in 2005, YGA has been a valued network for extending Penn State’s tree fruit educational programs to the specialty crop industry. Assisting young growers in transitioning to horticultural systems that are environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable through tours, in-depth workshops, and field trials is a truly meaningful part of an extension educator’s role. Young growers are invited to contact Tara Baugher if you have horticultural questions or ideas for answering those questions through research trials in your orchards!