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Erin Hale

Sustainability Dual Major Lecturer & Program Coordinator; NH Food Alliance Strategic Advisor

Erin has worked with the UNH Sustainability Institute since 2013, first as the NH Food Alliance network and research coordinator and now as their strategic advisor. She began teaching Exploring Sustainability, the introductory course for the Sustainability Dual Major, in the Spring of 2020. Before joining the Sustainability Institute, Erin completed a PhD in agriculture and environmental science education from UC Davis focused on coalition building, citizen science, and collaborative research between farmers and conservation groups in California’s Central Valley. Erin also has a master’s degree from UC Davis in International Agricultural Development with an emphasis on small-scale post-harvest handling systems. In addition to working on farms in Oregon and New Hampshire, she has extensive experience in agricultural training and education and has worked with farmers, farmworkers, and rural communities around the globe, from California and Kenya to Bolivia and Egypt. Erin is committed to finding ways that people and organizations can learn with and from one another to build healthy, just, viable food systems and support resilient ecosystems and communities throughout the world. She lives in Durham with her family of four, numerous furry and feathered friends, a jungle of indoor plants, and a very rambunctious garden.

Selected Publications

Hardie Hale, E., Jadallah, C. & Ballard, H. (2021) Collaborative research as boundary work: learning between rice growers and conservation professionals to support habitat conservation on private lands. Agric Hum Values.

NH Food Alliance (2015). Farm, Fish, & Food Enterprise Viability in New Hampshire: A Roadmap for the NH Food Alliance. Durham, NH: University of New Hampshire Sustainability Institute. Retrieved from

Contact Erin
Nesmith Hall Room 110, Durham, NH 03824