Amanda Charles comes to us from Petaluma, CA as a new member of the Community Education Specialist team. She represents the Sonoma County region at the UCCE Sonoma office in assisting growers with the application and implementation processes of CDFA's Climate Smart Ag Funding Programs – AMMP, HSP, SWEEP. Charles earned her bachelor's degree in Agricultural Business at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she took a special interest in Dairy Science courses, furthering her love and knowledge for the industry. Upon returning home, she began working for a sustainable grass-fed beef company where she educated consumers about the positive impact farming practices can have in sequestering carbon and mitigating the issues of climate change.
Charles' involvement in local agriculture began as a child, exhibiting dairy cattle and market lambs in 4-H. She knew she wanted to return to Sonoma County to expand on her passion for sustainable agriculture in her community. “Helping farmers understand how switching up their farming practices can better their soil and our atmosphere, and then letting them know that there is funding available for these new practices is the best of both worlds” said Charles. She is looking forward to collaborating with more local coalitions to support farmers and ranchers in the fight against climate change.