Extension Educator — Small Farms & Horticulture
Iris leads community-level UI 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
- Ekins, J., Mayes, I. 2022. Native plant landscaping: curb appeal and low water use, University of Idaho Extension. BUL 1010.
- 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 Extension. 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 UI Extension, 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 doctorate research focused on adult education, use of narrative and pesticide safety education. She recently received a USDA farmers market promotion program grant for the Tuesday Community Market.
- Palouse-Clearwater Local Food Leader Award, Palouse-Clearwater Food Coalition, 2022
- 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