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 and pH
- Farmers' markets
- Master gardeners
- Community horticulture
- Food access
- Plant and tree problem diagnosis
- Pesticide education
- Agricultural literacy
- Idaho Veteran Farmers
- 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
- Cultivating Success™ webinar series delivers statewide small farm education
- Course helps new and existing farmers navigate standard financial statements
- Cultivating Success: collaborating to grow and support sustainable Idaho small farms
- Growing the community food system through annual Food Summit outreach
- Latah County Master Gardeners provide community service and education
- Potlatch Kids Co-op Garden; working with community partnerships
- Farmer’s market improves access to fresh produce and benefits community vitality
- Afterschool program activities shown to improve youth STEM skills
- Cultivating SuccessTM grows 49 new sustainable small acreage farmers in Idaho
- “Funding for Farmers” series brings new research & structures to Palouse area farms
Iris is the small farm and horticulture educator for Latah County. This program includes a Master Gardener program, plant clinic for community pest problems, community garden education series and educational programming for small acreage producers. In 2019 she is collaborating with colleagues to pilot a farming education program for U.S. military veterans. Her Ph.D. research focuses on pesticide safety education. She recently completed work on a three-year beginning farmer rancher grant funded by USDA-NIFA that re-launched Cultivating Success™ Idaho.
- 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.