Extension Educator, Horticulture & Small Farms
Iris leads community-level Extension efforts in small farms and horticulture for Latah County.
Ph.D., University of Idaho, 2019
M.S., University of Idaho, 2010
B.L.A., University of Idaho, 2007
M.A., University of Oregon, 1993
B.A., University of Oregon, 1989
- Small acreage farming and ranching
- Soil health
- Farmers markets
- Master gardeners
- Community horticulture
- Food access
- Plant and tree problem diagnosis
- Pesticide safety education
- Idaho Veteran Farmers
- Mayes, I., Holyoke, L. 2020. Study of Pesticide Applicator Education Reveals Worker Learning Preferences. National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) Journal 13(1). https://www.nacaa.com/journal/post_editor.php?article_id=1105
- Mayes, I. 2019. Understanding Dangerous Work: Implications for Pesticide Education in Idaho. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Idaho.
- Mayes, I., Agenbroad, A., Werlin, J., Graf, S. 2019. Sustainable small acreage farming in Idaho: finding and evaluating land, University of Idaho. BUL 932.
- Mayes, I., Holyoke, L. 2019. Understanding dangerous work: implications for pesticide applicator education in Idaho. WSU Dryland Field Day Abstracts: Highlights of Research Progress. http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/css.wsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/19114614/FDA-2019-Complete.pdf
- Mayes, I., Holyoke, L. 2019. Exploring pesticide safety education in Idaho. Career and Technical Education Research Journal. In press.
- DePhelps, C., Golden, L., Newman, S., Mayes, I. 2019. Using Technology to Reach Rural Small Farm Audiences. Journal of Extension. https://www.joe.org/joe/2019august/rb2.php
Iris is the small farm and horticulture educator for Latah County. This program includes an Idaho Master Gardener program, plant clinic for community pest problems, community garden education series and educational programming for small acreage producers. Beginning in 2019, she is offering a farming education program for U.S. military veterans, now called “Harvest Heroes.” Her Ph.D. research focused on adult education, use of narrative and pesticide safety education. She is currently working on a three-year grant funded by USDA-NIFA on scaling up vegetable and fruit production on the Palouse.
- Idaho Association of Agricultural Agents Scholarship, 2018.
- National Communication Award for Learning Module for Starting Your Sustainable Small Farms, National Association of County Agricultural Agents, 2018.
- Western Region and State of Idaho Award for Newsletter article, National Association of County Agricultural Agents, 2018.