University of Connecticut's Jiff Martin selected as White House "Champion of Change"

Posted: October 26, 2015

Jiff Martin, the Sustainable Food System Associate Educator for University of Connecticut Extension, was one of 12 individuals from across the country recognized by the White House as a "Champion of Change in Sustainable and Climate Smart Agriculture." These individuals were selected by the White House for their achievements and were honored for exemplary leadership and innovation in agricultural production and education.
Image: University of Connecticut Extension

Image: University of Connecticut Extension

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’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.

(Read more about Martin's work in Connecticut and about the Champions of Change program in this UConn Extension blog post.)

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!