Interview with Edward Rowley, April 16, 2021

Project: Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Edward Rowley served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia, from 1966 to 1968, in the Agriculture and Applied Nutrition Program, and in Swaziland from 1981 to 1986, as Associate Director for Agriculture and Rural Development. Ed grew up in rural Minnesota, and had a strong, hands on background in agriculture. He was involved in the Kennedy campaign, and applied to Peace Corps during college. Training was conducted at New Mexico State University, and included a homestay near Toluca, Mexico. Ed’s assignment was in Barrio El Salado, near Ibagué. His job fell under the Integrated Program of Applied Nutrition (PINA). Ed worked with local farmers, started a 4H Club, and worked with a mothers’ group developing community and home gardens. He mentored and conducted workshops for other volunteers. Several years after completing service in Colombia, Peace Corps reached out to Ed to recruit him for a staff position. He and his family spent five years in Swaziland. Ed remained in touch with friends in Colombia and returned for visits with his wife. Ed never misses an opportunity to speak about Peace Corps.

Interview Accession

2021oh0240_pcrv0165

Interviewee Name

Edward Rowley

Interviewer Name

Julius "Jay" Sztuk

Interview Date

2021-04-16

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Rowley, Edward Interview by Julius Sztuk. 16 Apr. 2021. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Rowley, E. (2021, April 16). Interview by J. Sztuk. Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Rowley, Edward, interview by Julius Sztuk. April 16, 2021, Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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