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Agent Information and Background

Good day to you! I am Owen Washam, the Horticulture and Forestry Extension Agent for Montgomery County. My responsibilities include working with commercial and consumer growers, Master Gardener programming, horticulture programming for people of all ages and abilities, and assist the area Forestry agent.

I was raised in Appalachian Ohio and moved to North Carolina in 2016. I am proud to be an Eagle Scout. I was born with the plant bug, raising pumpkins with my father from a young age. In addition to seasonal gardening I took interest in carnivorous plants (CPs) around 10, and the infatuation persists today. Stop by the office to view CPs from 6 continents, including species native to the southeast US. While studying at NC State I had the unique opportunity to investigate American pitcher plant (Sarracenia spp.) rhizome rot, presenting findings at the 2018 International CP Conference in Santa Rosa, CA. I am fortunate to have worked with many crops and systems at various research stations in NC, NY and WI. (read more)

I earned my Master’s in Plant Pathology from UW-Madison, Wisconsin. There, I studied organic celery production for curing organic meat products under direction of Dr. Erin Silva. One of the largest gains from my studies, besides skill development and refinement, was perspective related to agriculture and farming culture in cold temperate Wisconsin. (read more)

Please feel free to reach out to me over email, phone or by letter. Or, drop by and see us in Troy between 8 and 5 M-F. I look forward to serving you. See my recent posts here, at the bottom of the page.

A “champignon” (champion) chicken of the woods mushroom (Laetiporus sp.) somewhere in the mountains. My wife Jenny and I love being outdoors and can often not be found on the weekends because we are out enjoying Creation!