Language(s) spoken: English
Colette DePhelpsExtension Educator, University of Idaho Extension / Certified Land Access Trainer
Based in Moscow, Idaho, Colette’s University of Idaho Extension programming area includes the ten northern counties of Idaho. For more than 25 years, Colette has been working with farmers, community members, non-profits, government agencies and universities in the Inland Northwest to develop community food systems and small farms programs. Colette has offered numerous educational workshops, conferences, field tours, webinars and online courses on local food systems, small acreage farming and ranching, and sustainable agriculture. Her current work includes: developing regional value-chains and increasing the competitiveness of local food businesses; expanding markets for small farms and artisan grain producers; small acreage and beginning farmer education; programming for Idaho women farmers and ranchers; and, on-farm food safety education.
Colette is a cofounder of the Cultivating Success Sustainable Small Farms Education program and a cofounder of the Palouse-Clearwater Food Coalition (PCFC). Colette serves on the City of Moscow Farmers Market Commission and as an advisor to FARE Idaho, a new trade association for independent food and agriculture businesses. Prior to working with UI Extension, she served as the executive director and special projects director of Rural Roots, Inc., an Moscow-based small farm organization. In her free time, Colette enjoys hiking and kayaking, spending time her family, and preparing and eating local food with friends.