Candace Russo, MS

Candace Russo, MS

Program Manager

Office: 541-737-5205

Milam Hall

Milam Hall 212

2520 SW Campus Way

2520 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331

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Candace earned her M.S. in Soil Science from OSU in 2005, investigating the effects of alternative agriculture methods on soil health in vegetable agroecosystems.

As a graduate student, Candace was able to share her love of plant science with elementary students. She was awarded an NSF GK-12 teaching fellowship as an OSU graduate student in 2004, where she discovered the inspiration for her work stems from facilitating people-plant interactions: be it in a forest, a garden, or in a kitchen exploring new foods. She has led volunteers and students in the mountains of Hawai`i to protect endangered plants, and in school gardens in Corvallis to learn where and how our food is grown.

Continuing her work in science education, Candace applied her background in agriculture to intersect nutrition as a manager at the Healthy Youth Program, a former outreach arm of the Linus Pauling Institute. She developed and managed three school gardens in Corvallis, including garden-based classes and summer camps, and coordinated a team of educators delivering dynamic youth and family cooking classes through community partnerships in Linn and Benton counties.

With the sunset of the Healthy Youth Program in 2019, Candace transitioned to the Moore Family Center in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, and migrated both expertise and resources to bolster the Center’s community outreach, and build upon the Center’s already strong partnerships with OSU Extension Service.

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