Maggie Norton

Maggie Norton

Farmer Outreach Coordinator

Maggie joined PFI in 2019 and leads the farmer-to-farmer speaking and outreach program. With help from staff, Maggie seeks out and encourages emerging farmer-leaders to take a more active role in peer learning, outreach and media opportunities. She provides farmers with resources, support and coaching to help them become more effective and confident storytellers and educators. Her role also includes management of the annual farminar series.

Before joining the PFI staff, Maggie completed her Master of Science in rural sociology and sustainable agriculture at Iowa State University. Her research included extensive interviews with agricultural stakeholders in northwest Iowa to explore diverse perspectives on groundwater scarcity and management. She is a proponent of collaborative and participatory natural resource management and believes that a broad exchange of knowledge, lived experiences and values are critical to building resilient agricultural systems and communities.

Maggie is originally from northeastern Pennsylvania and received her undergraduate education in earth and soil sciences at Pennsylvania State University. She enjoys trips to the Keystone State to see family and loves traveling the world with her partner, Marshall. Maggie also likes spending time in her flower beds during the sunny months and snowboarding during the snowy season.