I’d like to call your attention to an article that appeared in Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine.
The article highlights Dr. Nikki Rothwell, district Michigan State University Extension horticulture educator and coordinator of the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center in Traverse City. The author Jeff Smith does a fantastic job of capturing the essence of Dr. Rothwell’s work and the center’s role in the lives of growers.
Mr. Smith describes a class Dr. Rothwell leads on keeping orchards free of fungi, bacteria and invading insects. An entomologist, Dr. Rothwell shares her expertise with local growers, sharing both her vast knowledge and engaging personality. She’s involved in the long-term vision for the center as well as the immediate concern of the grower.
The article gets across the value of the horticultural center as “the educational center and social hub of Northwest Michigan’s orchard industry.”
It’s well worth your time to read the entire article: http://www.mynorth.com/My-North/June-2013/Northern-Michigans-Next-Gen-Farm-Girl-Nikki-Rothwell/