Curriculum Vitae

Extension Professor

A focus of my program has been to evaluate production and marketing systems for vegetable and herb crops, with an emphasis on crops popular among immigrant communities. Since 2003, farmers in Massachusetts made more than twenty million dollars in retail sales of crops introduced from my program, crops that had not been grown in Massachusetts before our work. A majority of the research done by my program is at the UMass Research Farm in Deerfield MA. We also evaluate practical postharvest and pest management strategies for these new crops. Our program works closely with nutritionists at UMass to provide nutritionally balanced and culturally-appropriate recipes for these immigrant groups. This webpage provides information on the crops evaluated and introduced by my program:

Starting in 2011, we have begun to work with urban growers as part of an overall systems approach to provide fresh produce to urban populations. As part of this work we’re also evaluating the carbon footprint used to produce and transport fresh produce to urban settings.  We have created a Facebook page to report on this work:


1998 Ph.D.   University of Massachusetts (Cover Cropping Systems)
1991 M.S.   University of Massachusetts (Weed Science)
1986 B.S.   University of Massachusetts (Agriculture)
1981 B.A.   Salem State University (History)

Professional Experience/Employment History:

2016-current Extension Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture (SSA),UMass Amherst
2015-current Director, SSA Agriculture Learning Center, UMass Amherst 
2006-2016 Extension Associate Professor, SSA, UMass Amherst
1998-2006 Extension Assistant Professor, Dept. Plant. Soil and Insect Sciences, UMass Amherst
1991-1998 Extension Specialist. UMass Extension. UMass Amherst

Academic Courses Taught

1999 – Present  SSA 325. Sustainable Vegetable Production
2016  SSA 397. Cuban Food Systems, taught in Cuba


2016 Sciarappa, W.J., J. Simon, R. Govindasamy, K. Kelley, F. Mangan, S. Zhang, S. Arumugam, P.  Nitzsche, R. Van Vranken, S. Komar, A. Ayeni, G. McAvoy, C. Park, W. Reichert, D. Byrnes, Q.  Wu and B. Shilling. 2016. Asian Crops Overview: Consumer Preference and Cultivar Growth on  the East Coast of the United States. HortSci. vol. 51 no. 11 1344-1350.

2012 Mangan, F., Barros, Z., Fernandes , C., Moreira, M., Finger, F. and Almeida , G. 2012.  Devoloping Sustainable Production Practices for New Tropical Vegetables for the  Northeastern United States. Acta Hort. (ISHS) 936:53 60

2011 Govindasamy, R. R. Van Vranken, W. Sciarapa, A. Aveni, V. Puduri, K. Pappas, J. Simon, F. Mangan, M. Lamberts, G. McAvoy. 2011. Ethnic Crop Opportunities for Growers on the East Coast:  A Demand Assessment. Journal of Extension.

2010 Govindasamy, R., R. VanVranken, W. Sciarappa, A. Ayeni, V.S. Puduri, K. Pappas, J.E. Simon, F. Mangan, M. Lamberts, and G. McAvoy. 2010. Consumers' Shopping Patterns and Expenditures on Ethnic Produce: Case Study from the Eastern Coastal U.S.A. Journal of ASFMRA. Vol. 73, No. 1, Pg 36-49.

2007 Mangan, F. R. Mendonça, M. Moreira. S. Nunes, F. Finger, Z. Barros, H. Galvão, G.Almeida, and M. Anderson. 2007. Production and marketing of vegetables for the ethnic markets in the United States. Revista Horticultura Brasileira. Horticultura Brasileira 26: 006-014.

2000 Mangan, F.X., C.S. Vavrina, J. Howell. 2000. Transplanting Depth Affects Pepper Lodging and Maturity HortScience. Vol. 35. Pp. 593-595.

2000 Mangan, F. A. Carter, M. Mazzola, M. Rulevich, R. Hazzard, R. Bernatzky, M. Pearson, Webber, P. Belanger, C. Touchette, and P. Fischer. 2000. The Introduction of
Latino Crops to Farmers in the State of Massachusetts, USA.  Proceedings of the Interamerican Society for Tropical Horticulture. 391-393.