Marybeth Mitcham has completed undergraduate degrees in the biological and human development sciences, a Masters of Public Health degree with a primary concentration of nutrition and a secondary concentration of epidemiology, and is currently working on her Ph.D in education. In addition to working as an adjunct biology professor and a freelance author, she works full-time as a Nutrition, Food Safety, and Healthy Living Educator for Cornell University’s Extension offices. In the past, she has worked as a NYS Regents high school instructor at a private school in New York, teaching two levels of Global Studies, Living Environment (Biology), and Chemistry, and has provided administrative oversight of the daily operations of an inner-city soup kitchen and food distribution organization.
Mitcham is passionate about promoting sustainability and food security, and designs her programs to assist in fostering those ideals in others through practical application. This often takes the shape of promoting field-or-farm-to-table, through introduction to such areas as wild game harvest, wild edibles identification, sustainable gardening, food preservation, backyard farming, back-to-the-basics cooking and food preparation, and cooking using sustainable materials. Equally passionate about empowering individuals from traditionally underserved populations, she has experienced great success in facilitating shooting sports and hunter safety education to females of all ages and ethnic backgrounds.
A long-time community volunteer and an active member of the Adirondack 46ers club, Mitcham spends as much of her free time as possible either hiking, climbing, or riding her motorcycle throughout the Adirondack Park.