University of Connecticut's Jiff Martin selected as White House "Champion of Change"
Posted: October 26, 2015
Martin has worked for over 12 years on food and agriculture issues in Connecticut, helping residents discover local agriculture, connecting kids to healthy, whole foods, and researching community food security in Connecticut’s 169 towns. Her recent work includes leading a team of Extension Educators to assist new farmers in production and farmland management; directing two AmeriCorps service learning programs; and educating consumers through BuyCTGrown.com’s 10% Campaign, under which residents and businesses are asked to pledge 10 percent of their food and gardening budget to locally grown products. She was previously State Director for the American Farmland Trust and Food Policy Director at Hartford Food System.
In addition to all of this, Martin also recently collaborated with the Northeast Center-led Agricultural Marketing Service Technical Assistance Project (AMSTA), in which she conducted grant-writing workshops in Connecticut for potential applicants of the USDA-AMS Farmers Market and Local Food Promotions Program (FMLFPP). Workshop attendees included staff from the two Connecticut projects that were selected to receive FMLFPP funding this year. We spoke to those staff, and they each said Jiff's workshops were crucial to their successful applications.
Congratulations, Jiff, for this well-deserved honor!