WVU Extension Specialist –
Sustainability is a buzzword in today’s society, however, for West Virginia University Extension Specialist Doolarie Singh-Knights, it’s less of a trend and more of a mission statement with implications for small farms right here in the state.
“My main focus is improving sustainability for farms in West Virginia,” said Singh-Knights. “We have one of the highest number of small farms per capita in the northeast, and they will play a vital role in helping to meet the nation’s food demand as population increases.”
As her title would suggest, Singh-Knights values education, which fits perfectly with her dual role within the University. She works to connect research and student learning to the WVU Extension mission for the benefit of all involved.
“Working with the WVU Extension family, and valuable partners and collaborators in the state and region, we strive to carry forward our great land-grant college tradition—but adapted, reinvigorated and reimagined for the 21st century,” said Singh-Knights.
She received a WVU Extension Service Excellence in Diversity Programming Award for her work in Annie’s Project, which provides risk-management training, resources and networking opportunities for West Virginia women to help build viable, efficient and sustainable farm businesses.
Singh-Knights also serves as the state coordinator of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education organization, which seeks to advance American agriculture through research and innovation.
She has garnered grant-funded projects to work with agricultural service providers, producers and other stakeholders in the state to help with issues in environmental stewardship, business planning, financial management, marketing, food safety, risk-management and farm-based education.
Singh-Knights received her doctorate’s degree in natural resource economics and her master’s degree in production economics from WVU. She received her bachelor’s degree in management studies from the University of the West Indies.
To contact Singh-Knights, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-293-7606.