Jaime Garcia Prudencio holds a MS in Agroecology from the International University of Andalusia and BS in Forestry Engineering from the University of Cordova, Spain. He is a Spanish lecturer at Penn State in the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese as well as in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Jaime has travelled the world exploring agriculture and economic development, especially in urban, peri-urban, and family farm production contexts, throughout his homeland of Spain and in many other countries including the United States, Cuba, Morocco, Costa Rica, and India. His curious nature and broad interests have led him to study, teach, support, design and lead diverse projects related to forestry, agriculture, and sociology. Projects range from receiving a European Union rural development grant for a program that recovered, seed banked, and commercialized pre-civil war local vegetable varieties of Serranía de Ronda, to an “Eco-Logical” program for Spanish federal prisons consisting of technical training courses on vegetable production and silviculture and a variety of re-socialization activities for inmates, to rock climbing and adventure trail planning and development for the regional department of natural resources and tourism in Andalucía. As an instructor, Jaime brings all of his diverse experiences into the classroom. He was awarded the 2016 “Certificate of Excellence in Teaching” from Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese in recognition of his work with students. Jaime loves the outdoors and in his free time, he enjoys travelling all over the world and spending time in nature, cycling, scuba-diving with his wife, Holly.