Lucas County ANR Extension Educator Amy Stone is the newest member of the OSU Fruit and Vegetable Safety Team.
Amy earned degrees from Owens Community College and the University of Toledo including a Master’s Degree in Vocational Education. Her specialization is horticulture, which evolved to include invasive species that began with a local infestation of the gypsy moth in the county in the mid-nineties. In 2003, Amy collected and submitted the first known infestation of the emerald ash borer in Ohio. Amy worked on EAB for nearly ten years on USDA project dollars from APHIS and the US Forest Service. Work with Purdue University and Michigan State University on Emerald Ash Borer University continues. As Ohio faces numerous invasive species threats, Amy is part of an Extension team to address those threats through outreach and education efforts. Amy also coordinates the Master Gardener Volunteer Program, The Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Program and the Master Urban Farmer Program in the county.
Amy and her family live on her husband’s grandparent’s land in southeastern Michigan where they had a forty-acre truck farm and sold produce at the Detroit’s Eastern Market. While the Stone garden is much smaller than the previous generation’s truck farm, they enjoy growing produce from their garden, and chickens too. Amy and her husband have two grown children and two grandchildren.
Welcome to the team, Amy!