Colette DePhelps, Community Food Systems Area Educator, University of Idaho Extension, Northern District, is a co-lead for the Idaho State Team and the lead PI for Idaho’s participation in the Center. DePhelps brings over 25 years’ experience building local and regional food systems and established relationships with land grant universities, non-profit technical assistance providers, private entrepreneurs and agricultural producers across Idaho and the western mountain states to the Center. DePhelps is co-founder of the Idaho/Washington Cultivating SuccessTM small farm education program which has provided in-depth and experiential whole farm, production, and risk management education for beginning farmers and ranchers since 2000. DePhelps also provides leadership for the Inland Northwest Artisan Grains team, University of Idaho’s Women in Ag program, is the Annie’s Project Idaho state coordinator and works closely with the Nez Perce Tribe HIPT Food Coalition. In addition to Idaho State Project leadership, DePhelps, who is located on the University of Idaho’s main campus, will connect the work of the Center to University of Idaho’s USDA funded Climate-Smart Commodities for Idaho: A Public-Private-Tribal Partnership project.