The Tray Team

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.

Shannon Raider-Ginsburg, Project Coordinator / Farmer Liaison
Phone: (860) 318-6813
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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. 

Sherlene Rodriguez

Sherlene Rodriguez, Farm to School Specialist
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Sherlene Rodriguez brings a background in nutrition and gardening education, program development, and strategic, thought leadership. She is focused on developing sustainable farm-to-school initiatives in Connecticut. Contact Sherlene Rodriguez, the Farm to School Specialist, if you want to learn more about ongoing Farm to School efforts in Connecticut.

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Emmanuel Marte, Communication Specialist
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Emmanuel brings a background in nutrition education, farming, and technical computer skills. Contact Emmanuel if you desire to shout out your farm-to-school efforts on social media. Emmanuel is responsible for running Tray's social media platforms and the Tray webpage. He is eager to help Tray reach a broader audience of farm-to-school supporters. Also, don't hesitate to contact him if you have questions or need guidance on shouting out Tray.

Abby Dubois

Abby DuBois, Campaigns Coordinator
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Abby brings a background in teaching, curriculum development, taste testing and cafeteria engagement.
Contact Abby, the Campaigns Coordinator, for assistance with the Put Local On Your Tray Pledge, to gain more information about Seasonal Campaigns (It's CRUNCH Time, ROOTing for Winter, etc.) and/or individual products (Berries, Carrots, etc.), and to order materials (stickers, posters, activity booklets, etc.) Are you looking to host a cafeteria taste test or feature a new product in your lunch line, but you aren't sure how to advertise the local product or you need extra hands to facilitate? Abby can assist you with the preparation for your event/product, and she can coordinate in-person Tray Team support the day of.

Jiff Martin, Sustainable Food Systems Educator
Phone: (860) 870-6932
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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.