NCR-SARE is pleased to announce that Jerry DeWitt of Holly Springs, North Carolina is being honored as a 2015 “NCR-SARE Hero.”
Coordinated by the NCR-SARE Alumni Organization, this recognition honors the leadership, vision, contributions, and impact that these heroes have made in the field of sustainable agriculture in the north central region. The NCR-SARE Hero Award recognizes individuals who 1) have provided service to NCR-SARE, sustainability, and/or national SARE, 2) have shown leadership in sustainable agriculture locally and regionally, and 3) have made lasting impacts to sustainability in the North Central region.
Jerry DeWitt is a Professor Emeritus of Entomology at Iowa State University. During his 38-year tenure with ISU, he served as an associate dean, assistant extension director and director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. He has served as interim national program leader for the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program three times, as well as serving as the project coordinator/state coordinator for SARE's Professional Development Program within Iowa for 15 years. He currently resides in North Carolina and is involved in local and organic agriculture with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association where he serves as Board President. He also is involved with Slow Money NC, which supports local North Carolina entrepreneurs with targeted low-interest loans. DeWitt is an avid photographer of local, sustainable and organic agriculture nationwide. His images have appeared in many books, publications, and websites devoted to America’s agriculture.