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Melissa Hamilton

Melissa Hamilton

Extension Educator — Community Development and Agriculture

Phone

208-382-7190

Mailing Address

University of Idaho Extension, Valley County
PO Box 510
Cascade, ID 83611

Melissa's interests include rural regional planning, multi-modal transportation systems, asset/value based development, community food systems, and meeting facilitation and capacity building.

M.S., University of Idaho, 2011
B.S., University of South Carolina, 2003

  • Community development
  • Organizational leadership
  • Capacity building
  • Social capital
  • Collaborative decision making
  • Regional planning
  • Facilitation skills
  • Leadership development
  • Fostering innovation and creativity through community design
  • Placemaking
  • Agriculture/horticulture
  • Community gardens
  • Food systems
  • Passive solar greenhouse design
  • Environmental education interpretive design

Abstracts and proceedings

  • Hamilton, M.B., Young, M., Silkwood, G., Dolecheck, S., Kinder, C. Blended Learning: Connecting Expertise and Building Networks in Rural Communities throughout Idaho. National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP), Big Sky, MT. June 11-15, 2017.
  • Hamilton, M.B., Coalition Building for Regional Economic Development in Rural America. National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP), Big Sky, MT. June 11-15, 2017.
  • Hamilton, M.B., Coalition Building for Regional Economic Development in Rural America. Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD), Washington, D.C. April 2-5, 2017.
  • Hamilton, M.B., Young, M., Silkwood, G., Dolecheck, S., Kinder, C. Blended Learning: Connecting Expertise and Building Networks in Rural Communities throughout Idaho. Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP), Orlando, FL. February 7-10, 2017.

Impact statements

Melissa Hamilton is a community development, agriculture and horticulture Extension educator in Valley County. Melissa is focused on rural regional planning, multi-modal transportation systems, asset/value based development, community food systems, meeting facilitation and capacity building. Melissa holds a master's degree in bioregional planning and community design from the University of Idaho and a bachelor's degree in biology from University of South Carolina.

  • Hamilton, M.B., Diversity Award, Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP), Idaho Theta Chapter, April 2021.
  • Hamilton, M.B., Diversity Award, Idaho Association of Natural Resource and Community Development Extension Professionals (IANCDEP), April 2021.
  • Hamilton, M.B., G. Elbert McProud Memorial Scholarship Faculty Award, UI Extension State Award, April 2020.
  • Hamilton, M.B., Visionary Leadership Award, Epsilon Sigma Phi, Idaho Theta Chapter. April, 2020.
  • Hamilton, M.B., Western Region Cross Program Award, Let’s Get Cooking Workforce Development, National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP), June 2020.
  • Higgins, L., Hamilton, M.B., Daniels, J., Chapelle, P., State, Western Region, and National Runner-up Excellence in Community Development Award, WeCan Tri-State Community Assessment Project, National and State Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (IANCDEP) (NACDEP), June 2020.
  • Hamilton, M.B., Five Years of Service to Extension, UI Extension State Award, April 2020.
  • Hamilton, M.B., Wahl, L. NACDEP Academic Poster Competition, Second Place. Know the Land, Save the Land Place-based Apparel Design Poster, National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP), 2019.
  • Hamilton, M.B., Wahl, L. National and State Winner, JCEP Award for Creative Excellence, Know the Land, Save the Land Place-based Apparel Design, National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) and Idaho Association (IANCDEP), 2019.
  • Hamilton, M.B., Regional Runner Up, Excellence in Community Development work, Coalition Building for Regional Economic Development in Rural America, National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP), 2019.
  • Mayes, I., Agenbroad, A., DePhelps, C., Golden, L., Hamilton, M., Jensen, J., Newman, S., Painter, K., Werlin, J. National Runner Up and State Award Winner, Excellence in Teamwork Award, Cultivating Success Idaho, National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) and Idaho Association (IANCDEP), 2019.
  • Hamilton, M.B. Visionary Leadership Award, Epsilon Sigma Phi, Idaho Theta Chapter. 2019.
  • Hamilton, M.B., R.W. Schermerhorn Extension Faculty Award, Leadership and Creativity, UI Extension State Award, 2019.
  • Mayes, I., Agenbroad, A., DePhelps, C., Golden, L., Hamilton, M., Jensen, J., Newman, S., Painter, K., Werlin, J., National Communications Award, Learning Module or Notebook, Starting your Sustainable Small Farm 2018, National Association of County Agriculture Agents (NACAA), 2018.
  • Hamilton, M.B., Excellence in Community Development Work Award, Team Project, America's Best Communities, Idaho Association of Natural Resources and Community Development Extension Professionals (IANCDEP), 2017.
  • Hamilton, M.B., Excellence in Community Development Work Award, Team Project, Cascade Mobility Team, Idaho Association of Natural Resources and Community Development Extension Professionals (IANCDEP), 2016.
  • Excellence in Community Development Work Award, Team Project, America's Best Communities, Idaho Association of Natural Resources and Community Development Extension Professionals (IANCDEP), Burley, ID. April 3-5 2017.
  • Excellence in Community Development Work Award, Team Project, Cascade Mobility Team, Idaho Association of Natural Resources and Community Development Extension Professionals (IANCDEP), IANCDEP Fall Retreat. October 19-21, 2016. 

University of Idaho Extension

Physical Address:
E. J. Iddings Agricultural Science Laboratory, Room 52
606 S Rayburn St.
Moscow, ID

Mailing Address:
University of Idaho Extension
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2338
Moscow, ID 83844-2338

Phone: 208-885-5883

Fax: 208-885-6654

Email: extension@uidaho.edu

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