Dixie Sandborn is the 4-H Horticulture Specialist for Michigan State University. She earned her Masters degree from MSU in Agricultural and Extension Education. Before joining MSU Extension, Dixie taught Landscape Construction and Design and Greenhouse Management. Dixie has taught at the high school, community college and university levels. She developed and leads a Study Abroad program to Belize focusing on eco-tourism and agriculture. She also leads a Freshman Seminar in New Zealand focusing on eco-tourism and sustainability. She loves to travel and has taught tropical sustainable gardening practices in Haiti. Currently her focus is developing an interdisciplinary viticulture curriculum and teaching the history, culture and science of the world’s favorite treat – chocolate.
Dixie has worked for MSUE for over 25 years and is the 4-H Horticulture Specialist. She developed and leads a study abroad program to Belize, focusing on sustainable agriculture and eco-tourism. She led a 2019 Freshman Seminar to New Zealand focusing on Eco-tourism Sustainability. She loves to travel and has taught sustainable gardening practices in Haiti. Learning about other cultures, traditions, and sustainability practices abroad has become a passion. Currently her campus focus is developing a 4-H Viticulture Curriculum and Program and teaching plant science through chocolate.
I have developed and lead 4-H youth, Education Abroad Students, Freshman Seminar Students and Extension colleagues on international study programs. I developed and currently lead an Education Abroad Program to Belize focusing on sustainable agriculture and eco-tourism. In 2019 I developed and lead a Freshman Seminar Program to New Zealand focusing on Eco-tourism Sustainability. I love to travel and have taught sustainable gardening practices in Haiti. I was a member of the International Extension Training Program at MSU and have traveled several times working on projects and representing MSU on various international programs. Learning and teaching about other cultures, traditions, local and global economies, agriculture and eco-tourism is a passion. Relationships and understanding are built one at a time, locally or internationally. We can all make small changes in our lives that impact others. I love when students of all ages see the change they can make.
Dixie will be on Saba October 15-21. You won't want to miss her sweet presentation and field project. There just might be something tasty to sample....