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Energetic agricultural motivator/educator that love to inspire farmers, community leaders, & agribusinesses. Outdoor lover and the Original Agri-advocate

My Story

Ms. Elicia Chaverest is the Assistant Director of the Small Farms Research Center at Alabama A&M University in Normal, Alabama. She has nearly 17 years of experience working with socially disadvantaged, limited resource minority farmers and landowners, non-profit organization and agribusinesses throughout the state of Alabama on pertinent agricultural issues. Among her duties, Ms. Chaverest directs and coordinates the development and implementation of outreach and risk management education programs; documents and disseminates finding to administrators, policy makers, funding agencies, producers and rural entrepreneurs; and identifies key priority areas in program implementation and outreach delivery. She works very closely with community leaders and extension agents in developing a well-rounded program suitable for the target audience. Ms. Chaverest is a strong believer of the university’s motto “Service is Sovereignty.” She is fully committed to educating and empowering under-represented communities and making sure they are updated on the new polices, and programs available to assist them with their farm operation.
In addition, Ms. Chaverest professional interests are in business planning and economic development, public policies, marketing strategies, access to capital and funding opportunities, personal finance, food safety and managing agricultural risk. She has presented at many professional organizations (locally and regionally) and continues to be a driving force in being an AGRO- advocate in promoting agriculture, especially advocating for more women in agriculture and ag. Careers.
Ms. Chaverest is passionate about working within the socially disadvantaged communities and making a difference within these underserved communities. She obtained her Bachelor of Science (2001) and Master of Science (2003) in Agribusiness Management from Alabama A&M University. She has done further studies in marketing strategies and executive leadership at Cornell University. Currently, she’s enrolled in the Tennessee Valley Leadership Diversity Colloquium program (Expected completion date: April 30, 2019.

Interests

Lifting Weights, Love traveling, Making memories, Shopping, Wine lover, Working closely with farmers and landowners, Working out, Zumba

Experiences

Enjoy meeing new people, Experience different cultures and adventures., Exposed to different culture, Hiking, Love good food, Love traveling internationally, Music Festivies, New York city is my second home, Walking

Skills

Grant writing and administration, Home and office decorator, Marketing Strategies

Languages I Speak

English only

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Jobs

Company Dates Title
Alabama A&M University Small Farms Research Center
Normal, AL
2014 - Present Assistant Director
Alabama A&M University Small Farms Research Center
Normal, AL
2008 - 2014 Program Management
Alabama A&M University
Normal, AL
2005 - Present Program Manager & Marketing Specialist
Alabama A&M University Small Farms Research Center
Normal, AL
2004 - 2008 Program Assistant

Education

School Dates Degree
Cornell University
2017 - Present Executive Leadership Certfication
Cornell University
2016 - 2017 Marketing Stategies Certification
Alabama A&M University
2001 - 2003 Master's of Agribusiness Management
Alabama A&M University
Normal, AL
1996 - 2001 Bachelor's of Agribusiness Management

Non-profits, Faith-based and NGOs

Organization Dates
Creative Enrichment, Inc
2018 - Present
Bessemer Local Food Network, Inc
2017 - Present
Hopewell in Agribuiness and Agriculture Associaion
2016 - Present
Alchemy Farms, LLC
2009 - Present
Tri-State Rabbit Growers Association
2009 - Present
AAA+ Marketing Associaton
2009 - Present
Tennessee Valley Women In Agriculture Association, Inc
2009 - 2014
Metro Atlanta Urban Garden Association
2008 - Present
Project Hopewell Inc.,
2004 - Present
Food Systems Leadership Network
Little Rock, AR
Verified Member
Alabama A&M University Small Farms Research Center
Normal, AL
Verified Member