As Quality of Life Issue Leader Cornell Cooperative Extension – Essex County, Linda Gillilland works to support our community through Consumer and Home Garden Horticulture, the Master Gardener Volunteer Program, 4-H Positive Youth and Family development, and Nutrition and Wellness Programs. She provides research-based educational resources to families and individuals of all ages and stages of life. Linda hosts educational events/workshops/programs which respond to our community’s needs & interests. In order to best support our community, she partners and collaborates with other organizations to provide youth and adult education to strengthen communities and the local economy by providing workforce development tools and community life skills for success including programs that promote lifetime learners and healthy living lifestyles.
Linda’s background includes 25 years of being a US Navy spouse living in various climates and garden spots around the globe. Linda always took advantage of the local Cooperative Extension Services to provide research-based locally applied knowledge to her pursuits including farming, 4-H youth development, family life, horticulture and Master Gardener volunteers. Her family members were and still are active 4-H members/volunteers wherever the family was stationed and Linda was able to become a Master Gardener Volunteer in a few states including Virginia and Texas. She and her family currently reside in Willsboro where they have a multi-generational, grass fed, diversified livestock farm primarily of beef, lamb and honey bees as well as a horse training and student lesson barn. Her lifetime hobbies are reading and gardening. Linda currently serves as chair of the Willsboro Development Corporation and serves on Essex County Local Emergency Services Committee as well as the Bring Back Essex committee. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Finance and a Master of Arts in Business Management.