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Rob Newburn

Rob Newburn began his interest in raising animals in early childhood, and for the past 50 years has raised chickens and cattle on his ranch in the Kuna area. He is a lifetime member of the American Poultry Association, where he is known for his work with standard Columbian Wyandotte chickens.

Currently, besides the Columbian Wyandottes, Mr. Newburn is working with breeds like the Barred Plymouth Rocks, Welsummers, Barnevelders, Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds, Rhode Island Whites, Black and Blue Copper Marans and Cream Legbars.  Rob's goal is for all breeds to have benefited from his efforts with an increase in their populations, egg production and confirmation to APA standards, in order to help keep them off the threatened list of American poultry. He has also won numerous awards showing his chickens.  Rob Newburn also taught vocal music in the Boise School District for 35 years and now enjoys bringing his knowledge of poultry breeding into science classes for students to learn about the basics of genetics.

Cindy Simpkins Cynthia Simpkins is a certified Master Gardener and Junior Master Gardener. With 30 years of secondary school teaching experience in Idaho, she enjoys training other adults in ways to incorporate garden lessons into their classrooms and school gardens.
At Les Bois Jr. High in Boise, Cynthia co-founded an after school Garden Club that is in its 4th year of exposing young adolescents to the wonders of plants and sustainable living. In previous years, Cynthia taught 7th grade students a nine-week curriculum entitled "Garden to Plate." Cynthia is enjoying her first year of retirement.
In addition, Ms. Simpkins shares her passion for playing in the dirt through her small business, Garden Groomer.