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New Agriculture After School 4-H Extension Educator and EMG Coordinator

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Hello, all! 

By now, you’ve probably heard about some of the changes happening in the Kandiyohi County Extension office, so I thought I’d take some time to introduce myself. My name is Nate Erickson and I am your new Agricultural After School 4-H Extension Educator; I’m very excited to be here!

My family has lived in Willmar for over a year now. We’re not technically “new parents” because our son is now 15-months-old, but because he’s always on-the-move, we’re constantly reminded that we still have a lot to learn. I’m an avid reader, slow-pitch softball player, video gamer, bowler, and all around sports fan.

I graduated from St. John’s University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. After college, I worked at my family’s butcher shop in Appleton, MN while also working for a local radio station in Montevideo, MN, KDMA. After 5 years of doing both, I accepted a position at Ridgewater College, working for their Computer Science Technology programs. When the position came to an end in 2017, I decided to try something new and accepted a position with The Salvation Army in Willmar; the organization I worked for until just recently.

Throughout my professional life, two things have always held true, regardless of the position: I’m a people person and I love working with kids. Because of these two truths, my friends and I started a “passion project” for kids in our community, a project now known as the MNyou Youth Garden. Much of my work focuses on equity and inclusion in urban agriculture. Our goal has been to provide underrepresented youth, in the Willmar community, opportunities to try new things, in this case, that something new is gardening. This project reignited my drive to help kids of all backgrounds find success in the communities they live in.

I firmly believe that all of the work and life experience gained over the years has lead me to this new position and I’m very excited to share my learnings and expertise with all of you. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of the Kandiyohi County 4-H and Master Gardener community; I look forward to meeting and collaborating with all of you!

All the best,

Nate Erickson