Extension Professionals

Dawn Pettinelli

Assistant Extension Educator

Dawn Pettinelli is an Assistant Extension Educator at the University of Connecticut. She manages the UConn Home & Garden Education Center and the UConn Soil Nutrient Analysis Laboratory. Both facilities provide information, testing and advice to homeowners and commercial clientele. Dawn has been a Master Gardener since 1986 and was the Master Gardener Coordinator for Worcester County Cooperative Extension in Massachusetts. A lifelong gardener, Dawn was also a horticulturist at Old Sturbridge Village. Since 1987 she has been writing gardening columns for local newspapers and is involved in adult and youth education efforts focusing primarily on soil quality and fertility. She has appeared on the Martha Stewart Show, the History Channel, Fox News and on local Connecticut television stations. Her articles have been published in Radius and Connecticut Gardener magazines, she has been quoted in Organic Gardening and in numerous newspapers, and 6 years ago she began the Master Composter Program in Connecticut.


Phone: (860) 486-4274

Email: dawn.pettinelli@uconn.edu