Alejandra Araiza Mendoza has joined the NC Cooperative Extension in Johnston and Duplin County’s as the new Farmworker Health and Safety Educator.
“I am excited to work with my local NC Cooperative Extension offices to bring education to the farms in hopes to provide a safer working environment for everyone. I have lived in Johnston County for most of my life and have always been surrounded by agriculture,” Ms. Mendoza said. “My father worked as a farmworker in the tobacco fields for several years along with my older brother.”
Mendoza graduated from Johnston County Early College Academy in 2018 and attended Appalachian State University for her undergraduate studies in Public Health.
She will work with farms in Johnston and Duplin counties to help them meet health and safety requirements including EPA Worker Protection Standards, Heat Stress, and Green Tobacco Illness requirements.