Jiff Martin

Sustainable Food System Educator 860-296-1380 cell

Jiff Martin is the Sustainable Food System Associate Educator for UConn Extension. For 12 years she has worked to strengthen agriculture and promote local food systems in Connecticut. Her current work includes:

  • Leading the development of new extension training and resources for beginner farmers
  • Helping consumers discover local agriculture through the CT 10% Campaign
  • Coordinating two service learning programs in partnership with AmeriCorps:  FoodCorps service members (15) work in high need school districts helping to build school gardens and change school food environments; Food Justice Youth Corps VISTA members (8) help build the capacity of leadership programs for low-income youth (age 13-18) offered by community-based organizations
  • Researching community food security in Connecticut’s 169 towns
  • Helping to build a vibrant network of food system professionals through the CT Food System Alliance

Prior to joining UConn Extension, she led farmland preservation advocacy efforts in Connecticut on behalf of American Farmland Trust, Working Lands Alliance, and Hartford Food System.  Jiff received her MS in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from Tufts University and an MA in Development Economics and International Trade from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy.



Dr. Jude Boucher

Commercial Vegetable Crops Integrated Pest Management 860-875-3331

Jude Boucher is the Extension Educator in Commercial Vegetable Crops at the University Of Connecticut Department Of Extension. Teaching expertise in the areas of integrated pest management (IPM), sustainable agriculture, entomology, plant pathology, vegetable production, reduced-tillage. He is the coordinator of the Full season Vegetable Crops IPM Training Program, coordinating weekly or bi-weekly on-farm trainings. He received his B.S. in Entomology from University of New Hampshire(1979), M.S. in Entomology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute(1986), and his Ph.D. in Horticulture from the University of Connecticut(2003).



Leanne Pundt

Sustainable Greenhouse Health Maintenance (Greenhouse Integrated Pest Management) 860-626-6855

Leanne Pundt is currently an Extension Educator with the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System.  Since 1993, she has focused on cooperating with retail and wholesale greenhouse  growers  to help them develop more effective pest management programs.   She has a BS degree in Ornamental Horticulture and a MPS degree in Plant Protection from Cornell University.  Leanne worked for the Ornamental IPM Program for Rutgers Cooperative Extension before joining University of Connecticut  Cooperative Extension. Leanne is a co-author of the Integrated Pest Management Handbook for Herbaceous Perennials, and Pest Management for Herb Bedding Plants Grown in the Greenhouse.  Her articles have appeared in trade journals such as GrowerTalks, Greenhouse Product News, Greenhouse  Grower,  GM PRO, and American Nurseryman.



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.