Area Extension Educator, Community Food Systems
Ag Science, Room 333
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2338
Moscow, ID 83844-2338
DePhelps’ education and outreach experience includes: community food systems; small farms; organizational development, strategic planning and facilitation. She advocates for and uses community-based, participatory approaches to education and research to develop timely, relevant and impactful programs.
M.S., Washington State University, 1994
B.S., Western Washington University, 1991
Based in Moscow, Idaho, Colette’s University of Idaho Extension programming area includes the ten northern counties of Idaho. For more than 20 years, Colette has been working with farmers, community members, non-profits, government agencies and universities in the Inland Northwest to develop community food systems and small farms programs. Colette has offered numerous educational workshops, conferences, field tours, webinars and online courses on local food systems and sustainable agriculture. Her current work focuses on food systems literacy, food system assessment, expanding Idaho markets for small farms, onfarm food safety, community lending programs, beginning farmer education and farm-to-school programs. Colette is a cofounder of the Cultivating SuccessTM Sustainable Small Farms Education program and a cofounder of the Palouse-Clearwater Food Coalition (PCFC). She serves on the Western Center for Risk Management Education Advisory Board, Cultivating SuccessTM Leadership Team, the Moscow Food Co-op Board of Directors and chairs both the PCFC Steering Committee and the Palouse Prairie Charter School Wellness Committee. Prior to working with UI Extension, she served as the executive director and special projects director of Rural Roots, Inc., an Idaho-based small farm organization. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and kayaking with her two children, eating local food with friends and motorcycle riding on Idaho’s backcountry roads with her husband.