The Latinx Agricultural Network (LAN) is a Penn State College of Agriculture Community of Practice comprised of community members, graduate students, extension educators, faculty, and administrators who seek to enhance Penn State’s engagement with its Latinx stakeholders. Priority initiatives are guided by input from Latinx community leaders. The LAN mission is to implement avenues of access and support and promote active participation and inclusion of the Latinx community in Extension programming and research and teaching activity.

University and Commonwealth representatives interested in joining LAN are invited to send an email to:  LATINXAGRICULTURALNETWORK-L-SUBSCRIBE-REQUEST@LISTS.PSU.EDU.

About the LAN Community of Practice

Engaging Latinx Communities

Agricultural Resources in Spanish

Master Gardeners Victory Garden Webinar Series

Penn State Extension Master Gardeners expected there would be a renewed interest in home gardening in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, they developed the 10-part “Victory Garden Reinvented!” webinar series to support gardeners across the country. In 2021, the Master Gardener program and the Penn State Extension horticulture team expanded this effort — aiming to reach the Latino community — and the webinars now are available in Spanish.

El programa Jardín de la Victoria (Victory Garden) de Penn State Extension apoya a la comunidad latina

Los Master Gardeners (Jardineros Maestros) de Penn State Extension esperaban que hubiera un renovado interés en los huertos familiares en el año 2020. Save For Later Print Available in English El programa Jardín de la Victoria (Victory Garden) de Penn State Extension apoya a la comunidad latina - News UPDATED: AUGUST 10, 2021 El programa Jardín de la Victoria (Victory Garden) de Penn State Extension apoya a la comunidad latina Por ese motivo, para apoyar a los jardineros de todo el país, desarrollaron una serie de seminarios web de diez partes titulado "¡Jardín de la victoria reinventado!". En el año 2021, los Jardineros Maestros de Penn State y el equipo de Extensión de Horticultura expandieron sus esfuerzos para llegar a la comunidad latina y ahora los seminarios web están disponibles en español. "El equipo de liderazgo de Master Gardener se dio cuenta rápidamente que debido a la pandemia, las personas estarían más en sus casas y estarían más entusiasmadas de aprender a cultivar sus propios alimentos, no solo para ahorrar dinero, sino también para tener algo significativo que hacer con su tiempo. ", dijo Valerie Sesler, coordinadora de Jardineros Maestros del área. "La serie de seminarios web "¡Jardín de la victoria reinventado! fue la manera perfecta de cumplir con nuestra misión de educar al público con información de calidad basada en investigaciones, útiles para jardineros principiantes y también para jardineros más avanzados".

Penn State Extension – Su Fuente de Información sobre la Agricultura

Si Usted está buscando información sobre agricultura, Penn State Extension es el puente entre la ciencia que se investiga en Pennsylvania State University y Usted como parte de la comunidad agrícola. Por lo tanto, Penn State Extension proporciona información imparcial en la que se puede confiar. Usted encontrará información sobre diferentes temas agrícolas, incluyendo de hortalizas, frutas de árboles, bayas, uvas, lácteos, seguridad alimentaria de granjas, nutrición y salud y más en el sitio web de Penn State Extension. Usted puede encontrar la información de contacto de todos los educadores en el Penn State Extension directorio.

Penn State Extension – Your Source for Agriculture Information

When you are looking for agriculture information, Penn State Extension is the bridge between the science conducted at the Pennsylvania State University and you, as part of the agriculture community. Two ways to connect to Penn State Extension are through the internet at our website and through our network of Extension Educators. At the Penn State Extension website, you will find information on different agriculture topics including vegetables, tree fruit, berries, grapes, dairy, farm food safety, health and nutrition, and more. Contact information for all of us is on the Penn State Extension website directory.

Links to Resources by Topic (Enlaces a Recursos por Tema)

Student Involvement

Extension Programs

Research and Teaching Contributions

Finding solutions for more fair and just working conditions for farmworkers

Much of Dr. Kathleen Sexsmith’s research analyzes employment relations and working conditions facing Latino/a immigrant farmworkers in the U.S. She has found that when farmworkers are deeply involved in the design, implementation, and analysis of a project, the quality of the research is dramatically improved – in other words, the participatory action approach to research.

Spanish for Agriculture courses build bridges and meet industry need

Students in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences can fulfill their language requirements with a series of introductory and intermediate-level Spanish for Agriculture language and culture courses designed to benefit both students and industry. Tailoring the courses to agriculture is more than just vocabulary words. García Prudencio, who is trained as a forester and agroecologist, teaches with the goal of giving students the ability to convey clear and simple ideas and commands at the farm or job site.

Penn State students engage with local Latino farmworker community

An innovative community service-learning course, "Community Engaged Learning with Pennsylvania Farmworkers," offered by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, brings students of all disciplines together to teach and engage with immigrant farmworkers living in Centre County. Kathleen Sexsmith, assistant professor of rural sociology, and Adrian Barragan, assistant clinical professor of veterinary and biomedical sciences, are co-teaching the course. The three-credit course exposes students to immigration and local agricultural and labor issues through a language partnership with Spanish-speaking immigrants on local dairy farms.

People Highlights

LAN Contact

  • Extension Communication Specialist | LatinX Agricultural Network

Areas of Expertise

  • Science outreach and communication
  • Translation of extension materials (English to Spanish)
  • Research collections curation
  • Bumble bee research