Maria Gorgo-Gourovitch, B.S., M.S.

  • Affiliate Instructor - Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State University
  • Horticulture Extension Educator - Penn State Extension
  • Produce Safety Alliance Lead Instructor - FSMA Produce Safety Rule
Maria Gorgo-Gourovitch, B.S., M.S.
601 Westtown Road, Suite 370 - Government Services Center
West Chester, PA 19380-0990
Work Phone: 610-696-3500
Fax: 610-696-4831

Areas of Expertise

  • Commercial Horticulture (Green Industry, Vegetable, Tree and Small Fruit and, Mushroom Productions)
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Farm Food Safety - FSMA and GAP
  • Latino Community Outreach
  • Beginning Farmer
  • Conservation Practices


  1. B.S. Agronomy, Pontifical Argentine Catholic University, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  2. M.S. Animal Production, Pontifical Argentine Catholic University, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Maria Gorgo-Gourovitch is an Extension educator with Penn State Horticulture team who conducts educational programs, identifies strategic educational objectives, develops educational events and materials, and evaluates the program impact. Her primary program emphasis centers on farm food safety, integrated pest management and water quality issues for various agricultural industries in Pennsylvania. In addition, she has been extensively working to expand the university’s efforts to reach out and assess the needs of the Latino Community by developing cultural appropriate programming and by collaborating to provide strategic planning, networking and coordination to support extension teams in programing directed to Latino populations in the state and region.

Maria has recently joined the Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology Department as an Affiliate Instructor. One of her main goals is to work closely with university-based research faculty, graduate students and the horticulture industry in conducting applied research that is relevant to industry needs and to mentor students who are interested in Extension work and/or are helping to launch new programming for Hispanic farm owners and workers in Pennsylvania. 

She worked for USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service as a Soil Conservationist assisting farm owners in the planning, application and maintenance of a variety of agronomic and engineering practices that address natural resources issues including water quality. She previously worked for Penn State Extension until January 2015 where she served as outreach coordinator, educator and trainer for the PA IPM, Farm Safety and Food Safety Programs. 

Maria is a Spanish native speaker originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina.