Jacqueline Venner Senske
Senior Horticulture Education Coordinator
Jacqueline Venner Senske joined the Practical Farmers of Iowa staff in February 2021. As horticulture education coordinator, she works with PFI staff, farmers and members to engage and develop networks in the PFI community for farmers growing horticulture crops, including vegetables, orchard crops, cut flowers, berries and nuts.
Growing up on a farm in western Iowa, Jacqueline went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Iowa State University, a master’s degree in public horticulture administration and a certificate in museum studies from the University of Delaware and live in two more states before returning to Iowa in 2015. Throughout Jacqueline’s career, her work has addressed the themes of horticulture, education and community (and sometimes food, which is at the nexus of all three).
Her past experiences include roles with Zingerman’s Delicatessen, Matthaei Botanical Garden and Nichols Arboretum, Old House Gardens Heirloom Bulbs and Project Grow Community Gardens, all in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and the 7th Street Public Market in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area; and Reiman Gardens in Ames, Iowa.
Jacqueline loves travel (her country list so far includes Ukraine, Canada, England, Greece, France, Scotland and Brazil), nature, food, museums, all things vintage and exploring with her husband and three children.