Jim Hamilton was an agroforestry extension volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Paraguay from 1993-1995. He focused primarily on tree nursery establishment, citrus grafting, small-scale woodlots, and beekeeping. After the Peace Corps, Jim returned to Paraguay during his masters research on agroforestry extension at Auburn University. He worked for two years at an environmental consulting firm in Atlanta, trained a group of new agroforestry volunteers in Paraguay, and served as a contract regional recruiter for the Atlanta Peace Corps office before coming to N.C. State. Jim graduated in 2004, with a thesis topic of The Dynamics of labor in North Carolina’s Christmas tree industry.