Amber is the Horticultural Extension agent for Rockingham County, also serving Augusta, Bath, Highland, and Rockbridge Counties, and joined Virginia Cooperative Extension in January 2007. Amber attended New Mexico State University, where she obtained her B.S. in Agronomy and M.S. in Agricultural Biology. Her work experience includes various field, greenhouse, lab research, teaching, and extension projects over a broad range of ages, varied cultures, and educational levels. Amber’s current extension programming efforts focus on agricultural profitability and viability in both commercial and non-commercial horticulture through the promotion of locally-based food production, diversification, improved production methods, and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) food safety training; environmental stewardship through the promotion of best management practices; integrated pest management; and pesticide applicator training. Amber also serves as the coordinator of the Central Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association, where she supports the organization in various ways, overseeing various community projects and assisting in the organization and planning of the annual training course.