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Robin G. Brumfield

Professor and Specialist in Farm Management

Robin Brumfield, Ph.D., has been the Farm Management Extension Specialist at Rutgers since 1988. She has been working with the award winning New Jersey Annie’s Project Team as state leader since 2011. She worked with the team to conduct focus groups to adapt this program from the mid-west to conditions in an urban state. She


A.J. Both

Professor and Extension Specialist

A.J. Both is a Professor and Extension Specialist in Controlled Environment Engineering in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University. His research focuses on methods and systems that provide the optimum growing environment in protected plant production facilities and include topics such as hydroponics, supplemental lighting, crop modeling and the use of energy in


Melissa A. Bravo, M.S. Agronomy

Assistant Professor, County Agent III

Melissa Bravo is the Agriculture Agent in Salem County. Her program focuses and research interests are related to foraging through the weeds of climate change regarding agronomic crops, logistics of diversification into a new farm business venue, and livestock herd health. She is a noxious and invasive vegetation management specialist, Certified Crop Advisor and Certified


Madeline Flahive DiNardo

County Agent / Associate Professor

Madeline Flahive DiNardo is the County Agent / Associate Professor for Rutgers Cooperative Extension in Union County. Madeline has a MBA from the Rutgers Graduate School of Management. Madeline teaches the business related lectures for the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences undergraduate “Starting a Farm Business” course. As a county agent, she has


Joseph R. Heckman, Ph.D.

Extension Specialist Soil Fertility

Joseph Heckman, Ph.D., Professor of Soil Science, Rutgers University teaches Soil Fertility, Organic Crop Production, and Graduate Seminar. He conducts research on optimizing nutrition for plant, animal, and human health and authored numerous publications on soil fertility and organic farming.


Amy Rowe, Ph.D.

County Agent II (Associate Professor)

Amy Rowe joined Rutgers in 2010 and is an Agriculture and Natural Resources County Agent for Essex and Passaic Counties. Amy earned her Ph.D. from Rutgers in Environmental Sciences. Her background is in water chemistry with a concentration on the fate and transport of contaminants. Amy has worked in stormwater management for more than 15


Micki Ryan

Project Coordinator

Micki Ryan is a Project Coordinator for the Annie’s Project Online Business course for female farmers.  A recent graduate from Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, her degree specializes in Natural Resource Economics.  Her current research position at Rutgers Department of Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics focuses on building budget guidelines and estimates for


Richard W. VanVranken

Agriculture & Natural Resources County Agent I (Eqv. to Professor), County Extension Dept. Head