2021 Speakers

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Susan Randolph
Susan Randolph has been a Master Gardener for 21 years. Susan loves to propagate plants, especially succulents and fig trees. Susan’s 10-year Fig Trial at The Learning Fields received both the 2018 River Valley and the state of Arkansas Excellence in Education Award. Susan manages The Learning Fields Greenhouse with co-chair Diane Pitlick. Diane’s interest in starting plants from seeds and Susan’s interest in propagating from cuttings works well to grow plants for Master Gardener projects and for The Learning Fields plant sales.

Joe Neumeier
Joe grew up at Neumeiers’ Nursery and Greenhouses, the family business established in 1968, and has been working with plants from the time he could walk.  He graduated from Subiaco Academy in 1984 and Arkansas Tech University with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Finance in 1989.  He and his wife, Linda, have two children, Callie, a successful business owner in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and Ben, a wildlife biologist in Monticello, Arkansas. He is also a proud grandpa to baby Posy. Joe has been manager at Neumeier's Nursery for many years working alongside his dad, and also owns two popular downtown restaurants, Neumeier's Rib Room, and Papa's Pub and Pizzeria on Garrison Ave.

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Lori Spencer
Lori is a professional entomologist, lepidopterist, and Certified Heritage Interpreter whose nature programs are in wide demand throughout Arkansas. She is a trained Biologist, conducts surveys, and consults for federal and state agencies on butterfly management. She is the author of Arkansas Butterflies and Moths.

Tina Wilcox
Tina Wilcox, a popular speaker, will return to the Arkansas River Valley Lawn and Garden Show to speak about the value of living soil.

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Susan Johnson
Susan Johnson has been a Master Gardener for 27 years, and was in the first class trained in Logan County in 1994. She authored a gardening column in the local paper from 1997 to 2020. Susan volunteered at the Mt. Magazine International Butterfly Festival every year of its twenty-year run, demonstrating nature presentations in the elementary schools and setting up and running the festival's butterfly observatory. Susan presented seasonal gardening programs for several years on a Booneville community TV broadcast. She also served as Logan County Master Gardener chapter president for several years.

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Clyde Fenton
Clyde Fenton works for the University of Arkansas Systems Cooperative Extension as Sebastian County’s Agricultural Agent. Clyde began to develop an interest in berry production as a teenager in New York state where he harvested strawberries for his uncle on Fenton’s Berry Farm and blueberry pruning on his grandparent’s farm.
Clyde and his wife, Veronica, and their three boys have operated Fenton’s Berry Farm in Harrison, Arkansas, since 2002 where they have grown strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries. In October of 2019, Clyde took the position of Sebastian County’s Agriculture Agent where he shares his knowledge and provides resources for the county.  He is always excited to talk with people about berries: his longest and greatest agricultural passion.

Shaw nee Tichenor
Shaw nee Tichenor is the Family and Consumer Sciences Agent for the Sebastian County Extension Office. A Mountainburg native, she received her bachelor's degree in Health Science with minors in Biology, Psychology, Public Health, and Political Science from the University of the Ozarks. Following that, she received a Master’s Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a Nutrition concentration from the University of Central Arkansas. She has a passion for health, nutrition, and fitness, and enjoys being able to teach a variety of subjects. At the Extension Office, she teaches about cooking, nutrition, exercise, food safety, finance, sewing, food preservation, and anything else you can think of in the Home-Economics world. 

Herb Ginn
Herb Ginn is Staff Chair for the Crawford County Extension Office in Van Buren.  Herb has been with the U of A System Division of Agriculture since 2005. Before coming to Crawford County, he worked for 14 years in Lawrence County, near Jonesboro, where he worked mainly with rice, soybeans, corn, peanuts and wheat.