Kate MacFarland honored for agroforestry work

Photo: Kate Macfarland holding award
Kate MacFarland. USDA Forest Service photo by Rachel Schattman.

VERMONT – Kate MacFarland was honored by the Association for Temperate Agroforestry at the organization’s biennial meeting on June 25th. The AFTA Early Career Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate sustained service to agroforestry and leadership of impactful outreach or research programs. MacFarland received this award in recognition of her work in advancing agroforestry throughout the United States. The award is given every other year and only when a deserving candidate is nominated.

MacFarland, stationed in Burlington, Vermont, joined the USDA National Agroforestry Center in 2013 as the assistant agroforester. She provides leadership for national and regional workshops and trainings, develops outreach materials for science delivery for a range of technical and general audiences, and supports the integration of agroforestry into USDA programs. Kate has served on the program committees for three North American Agroforestry Conferences and was influential in organizing two USDA meetings on emerging opportunities in agroforestry. Her efforts have been instrumental in the development of the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic and the Pacific Northwest Agroforestry Working Groups, as well as the formation and development of the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition. She also acts as NAC’s liaison to the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Northwestern regions.

Speaking after the award presentation, MacFarland said that she is honored to work with so many partners in the agroforestry community. “I feel privileged to work with people at all stages of their careers who are committed to working with and for producers to understand how agroforestry can support economically viable, environmentally beneficial, and socially enriching landscapes and communities,” she said.