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Members of the Leadership Team

Sarah Lott Zost - Co-Chairperson

Sarah has been an active member of the Young Grower Alliance since she returned to the family farm after graduating with a pomology degree from Michigan State University. She and her father manage Bonnie Brae Orchards, and she also serves as a board member of the Adams County Fruit Grower Association. She encourages other young professionals to consider networking with the YGA!

Adam Baugher -Co-Chairperson

Adam is a 5th generation member of Adams County Nursery.  He works as the assistant manager for nursery production and focuses on scion-wood management as well as shipping in the spring among many other things.  He has been active in YGA since 2013 when he returned to work for the family business. He moonlights as a musician and plays in pits for local musicals as well as in a local band.

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.

Team Leaders

Workshops & Speaking Engagements (Transition Planning)—Ryan Callahan, Sarah Zost, Katie Epstein, Hallie Butler Van Horn

Tours (Sharing Diversification & Marketing Ideas, Exploring Innovations)—Justin Weaver, Corey McCleaf, Andrew Schwalm, Chris Lerew, Kade Wallace, Sam Childs

Service Work (Farm Show, Support for Nicaraguan Young Growers) Corey McCleaf, Katlyn Robertson, Ben Lerew, Matt Strite, Maggie Travis

Leadership Development (US Apple; Serving on Association Boards)—Mark Boyer, Julie Bolyard, Ben Keim, Marshall Saunders, Mattie Leid, Adam Voll, Philip Glaize

Professional Development (Connecting with SHAP Extension Committee and industry representatives for support of experiential learning opportunities)—Clair Kauffman, Ben Lerew, Katie Epstein

Horticulture Student Support (SHAP Scholarship)—Bob Hricko, Sidney Kuhn, Wayne Hollabaugh, Ben Keim, Bruce Hollabaugh, Eric Haller, Jen Baugher Benton

Liaisons

State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania (SHAP) — Andrew Schwalm

PA Vegetable Growers Association — Sam Childs

YGA of Virginia — Philip Glaize

Maryland Horticultural Society — Hallie Butler Van Horn

US Apple — Mark Boyer

IFTA — Jen Baugher Benton

Penn State Extension

is a Young Grower/Tree Fruit Extension Educator based out of Berks County. He worked alongside Extension IPM and horticulture professionals at the University of Delaware before coming to Penn State. Don earned his Master’s degree studying ways to improve watermelon production and is passionate about improving and growing the agriculture industry through research and outreach.

is a Commercial Tree Fruit Extension Educator based in the Gettysburg/Adams County office. He earned his doctorate at the University of Illinois where he focused on small fruit breeding and improvement using genomic sequencing and analysis tools. Before seeing the light and pursuing horticulture, he was a computer science nerd and did a bunch of weird computer graphics stuff for the Beckman Institute. He and his wife Janet come from the cornlands of Illinois, where it is impossible to get lost because the roads are straight and run N-S/E-W.

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!