Mark Sutphin

Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources Horticulture

Mark is a life-long resident of the Winchester/Frederick County community. He received a B.S. in Horticulture from Virginia Tech and, following college, returned to the Winchester area to work for Blue Ridge Landscape & Design, Inc. for 10 years. Mark joined Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) as an Agriculture and Natural Resources Associate Extension Agent in November of 2011. His focus is on serving the horticulture needs of the Northern Shenandoah Valley. This involves working with homeowners regarding home lawn, garden, and landscape items as well as assisting commercial growers producing horticulture crops:  apples, vegetables, and ornamentals, to name a few. Mark works out of the VCE-Frederick County office but also serves Clarke, Page, Shenandoah, and Warren Counties and is the lead agent working with the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener volunteers.

Education:

  • 2001 - Bachelor of Science:  Virginia Tech - Horticulture with a minor in Agricultural and Applied Economics
  • 2015 - Master of Business Administration:  Shenandoah University

Experience:

  • 2016 - Present: VCE Frederick County Unit Coordinator and Extension Agent - Horticulture, Virginia Cooperative Extension
  • 2013 - 2016:  VCE-Frederick County Unit Coordinator and Associate Extension Agent - Horticulture, Virginia Cooperative Extension
  • 2011 - 2013:  Associate Extension Agent - Horticulture, Virginia Cooperative Extension
  • 2004 - 2011:  Regional Manager - Vice President, Blue Ridge Landscape & Design, Inc.
  • 2001-2004:  Project Manager, Blue Ridge Landscape & Design, Inc.

Professional Organizations and Service:

  • Shenandoah Valley Nursery & Greenhouse Association Board Member and Educational Advisor
  • Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association VCE Liaison
  • Virginia Farm Bureau Apple Marketing Committee
  • Virginia Extension Service Association
  • Virginia Association of Agriculture Extension Agents
  • Frederick County Fruit Grower Association, Board Member
  • Virginia State Horticultural Society
  • Young Growers Alliance of Virginia

Certifications:

  • Virginia Commercial Pesticide Applicator - Categories 3A, 3B, & 10
  • Virginia Private Pesticide Applicator - 90, 91
  • Nutrient Management Plan Writer - Turf and Landscape