March 6, 2019: Welcoming our Newest Director

Welcoming our Newest Director

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We are pleased to announce that Mary Bianchi is the newest member to join our Board of Directors. Her experience and connections to our agricultural community make her a valuable addition. With the appointment of Mary, we now have a full 9-member Board of Directors for the first time in over 5 years!

More about Mary:

Mary Bianchi is a retired University of California Horticulture Advisor from San Luis Obispo County and was the Program Advisor for the UC Master Gardener Programs in San Luis Obispo and in Santa Barbara Counties.  She also served as County Director for UC Cooperative Extension programs in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties from 2013 to 2017.  Mary holds BS and MS degrees in soils and agricultural sciences from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.  During her career, she worked with the University of California Cooperative Extension in Santa Cruz, Tulare, Napa, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties and at the UC Kearney Agricultural Center.  She transferred to San Luis Obispo County in September 1992.  After 26 years in SLO County, Mary retired in June 2017.

Mary is a member of the Soil Science Society of America, the American Society for Horticultural Science, the California Avocado Society, and the California Chapter of the American Society of Agronomy.