Starting in August 2019, Scott Lewins was hired as the Entomology Extension Educator. He is working with both UVM Extension Northwest Crops & Soils Program (NWCS) and also within the Plant and Soil Science Department. Scott works with a multitude of growers within the region in various agricultural systems, with a focus on sustainable pest management, particularly, the development of appropriate IPM tactics for Northeastern organic growers. Scott teaches undergraduate courses in entomology and agricultural production as an Instructor in the Plant and Soil Science Department. He is the Extension Coordinator on the Leadership Team of the Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative at UVM, a transdisciplinary community of practice dedicated to using Participatory Action Research methods to better understand and seek out solutions to the issues facing our food systems. Scott has been instrumental to the formation of AgroTek Innovation and the Agroecology Extension Summer Research Fellowship, experiential learning opportunities representing alignment across UVM’s land-grant mission of research, education, and extension. Scott provides leadership as Lead of UVM Extension’s Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Forests Result Area, identifying collaborative opportunities across the Result Area, connecting colleagues with resources within and outside of Extension, and recognizing gaps and needs for additional programming and funding. As a member of UVM Extension’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and UVM Extension representative on the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee, Scott works with his colleagues to meaningful change around issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice affecting all members of the community, particularly those who have historically and systematically been marginalized.
Entomology Extension Educator