Several hard-working individuals devote a percentage of their professional time guiding and implementing our program.
People step in and out of various roles depending on the availability of funding for initiatives and the seasonal nature of the work.
Together, we strive to connect schools to farms and farmers to schools.
Jiff Martin, Sustainable Food Systems Educator
Phone: (860) 870-6932
Jiff brings a background of coalition building and collaborating across sectors to build sustainable food systems in the state of Connecticut and across the Northeast.
Contact Jiff Martin, the Extension Educator and backbone of the Tray Program with any questions regarding UConn Extension Collaboration. She can help you understand where to go to get the resources you need within the UConn Extension network across Connecticut.
Shannon Raider-Ginsburg, Farmer Liaison
Phone: (860) 318-6813
Shannon brings a background in farming, teaching, and bringing people together around local food.
Contact Shannon Raider-Ginsburg, Farmer Liaison for help locating farmers, or to be added to the Tray farmer directory or join CTFarmtoSchoolMarketplace-L listserv, which is a place for food service directors and growers to connect. Shannon can also help Food Service Directors better understand the needs of growers. Shannon is available to help farmers connect to schools and schools connect to farmers.
Carli Herz, Put Local on Your Tray Program Coordinator
Carli brings her background in sustainable development, training, and non-profit management to the Put Local on Your Tray program where she works to provide resources that empower schools and the community to buy and serve local.
Contact Carli to get connected with the Tray Program and find out how you can get involved. Whether you're a food service director, community member, or farmer, Carli can help connect you to resources you'll need to support Farm to School in Connecticut.
Catherine Hallisey, FoodCorps Connecticut Program Coordinator
Dawn Crayco, FoodCorps Connecticut Program Director
Catherine and Dawn partner with the Tray Program at UConn Extension to collaborate and connect FoodCorps programming to resources being created. To learn more about FoodCorps, please visit their website or be in touch directly with Catherine or Dawn regarding any questions pertaining to FoodCorps service members.
Along with FoodCorps Connecticut, the UConn Extension team works closely with the Connecticut State Department of Education's Department of Child Nutrition to keep the program alive and growing. To learn more about the resources available from the CSDE, please visit their webpage with farm to school resources.