NMSU Extension agent goes ‘above and beyond’ in serving Santa Fe County youth
SANTA FE, N.M (NMSU) — When it comes to youth programs in Santa Fe County, Christina Turner is always willing to go the extra mile, whether it’s helping 4-Hers with their livestock projects or delivering enrichment programs for schoolchildren on agricultural and natural resources topics.
Turner is Santa Fe County’s 4-H agricultural agent in New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service. The Santa Fe 4-H program serves about 200 traditional 4-H youth and more than 100 volunteer leaders. Turner’s responsibilities include everything from livestock and judging programs, to shooting sports, to youth leadership teams.
Through the Ag Literacy and Ag Awareness program, Turner has developed a series titled “Science for Life,” consisting of four lessons: Agriculture in My Life, Amazing Farm Animals, Let’s Get Growing, and Under My Fee and Over My Head. Through this program Turner has helped emphasize the importance of the food and fiber system to grade school youth.
In addition, Turner delivers special interest programs and school enrichment programs focusing on agriculture and natural resources. Three school enrichment programs Turner delivers include participating in the RiverXChange and the Santa Fe Children’s Water Festival program, which provide water education to 250 youth; conducting chick embryology project lessons with approximately 140 public school students in Santa Fe County; and participating in Kids, Kows & More agricultural field trips, in which more than 1,000 fourth-graders from Santa Fe and Torrance County elementary schools learn about many aspects of agriculture.
“Christina is a firm believer in the mission of the Cooperative Extension Service and the 4-H Youth Development Program, and strives to uphold these ideals in both her professional and personal life,” Santa Fe County Extension Director Pat Torres said.
“She truly exemplifies the Extension mission to provide the people of New Mexico with practical, research-based knowledge and programs to improve their quality of life,” said Jon Boren, NMSU Extension director.
In recognition of her dedication, Turner received the NMSU Regents’ Above & Beyond Award during the Regents’ meeting Jan. 31 in Santa Fe.
“This is an unexpected honor,” Turner said of the award.
The award recognizes full-time university employees who go the extra distance in service to any and all aspects of the NMSU system. Individuals are recognized for performance that goes “above and beyond” their regular responsibilities and for demonstrating a positive attitude that inspires others.
In a letter supporting Turner’s nomination, Boren said, “Christina is a superb example of the positive impact a county Extension agent can have in the community. She takes tremendous pride in serving the families of New Mexico and has earned their respect.”
Torres added, “Christina is innovative in her program development. She’s always ready to meet new challenges, and is a leader in her field of expertise. She is hardworking and a dedicated member of the Cooperative Extension Service.”