My name is Becky Gartner and I'm the new Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent for the area. I recently transferred from Culpeper to the Rockingham office in August 2021. My main office is located in Rockingham County, but I cover Highland, Bath, and Rockbridge Counties as well.
I grew up in Shenandoah County and attended Virginia Tech where I earned a degree in Home Economics Education and Extension and a Master's in Human Nutrition and Food. Various job opportunities in Extension, food manufacturing and the regulatory field have taken me throughout Virginia and to Alaska. In my spare ime, I like to garden, cook, and take care of our bee hives.
I'm looking forward to offering programming in food safety, home food preservation, nutrition, diabetes prevention, and home-based food businesses.