Jiff Martin

Associate Extension Educator – Sustainable Food Systems 860-296-1380 cell

For 15 years Jiff has worked to strengthen agriculture and promote local food systems in Connecticut. Her current work includes:

  • Leading the development of new training and resources for beginning farmers
  • Building farm-to-school tools and programming
  • Helping consumers discover local agriculture through the buyctgrown project
  • Coordinating the CT Food Justice VISTA Project, a service learning opportunity for VISTA members who help build the capacity of community-based organizations striving to increase food access and affordability.

Prior to joining UConn Extension, Jiff led farmland preservation advocacy efforts in Connecticut on behalf of American Farmland Trust, Working Lands Alliance, and Hartford Food System.  In 2015 Jiff received the White House Champion of Change Award in Sustainable Agriculture.



Mary Concklin

Fruit Crops Specialist and Integrated Pest Management 860-486-6449 office 610-220-7437 cell

Mary Concklin is the Extension Educator in Fruit Production and Integrated Pest Management at the University of Connecticut. She develops Integrated Pest Management (IPM) educational programs for fruit growers statewide, conducts applied research, and teaches tree fruit and small fruit training classes for the UConn Master Gardener program. She is also the state coordinator for the NEWA weather system (Network for Environment and Weather Applications).



Joe Bonelli

Extension Educator in Business Management 860-875-3331

Joe is an Associate Extension Educator at UConn. He specializes in farm business planning working with farmers across Connecticut. Since 2001 he has been involved with CT Farm risk Management and Crop Insurance program providing information to CT Farmers on important risk management topics and crop insurance. He is currently the Northeast SARE CT state coordinator.