- 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 heartCTgrown campaign
- Coordinating with Connecticut Farm to School Collaborative to help increase equitable access to healthy foods in schools
Charlotte Ross- Program Coordinator
Charlotte Ross is Owner/Operator of Sweet Acre Farm, a Certified Organic mixed vegetable and flower farm in Lebanon, CT. She is also a Program Coordinator for the Solid Ground Farmer Training Program, a BFRDP-funded training series for growers in CT that is offered through UConn Extension. She currently works on coordinating Ag Mechnic trainings for the program and creating a series of "How to" videos to help CT farmers explore different projects they can do on their farm to benefit their production and storage capacities.
Nancy Barrett- Program Coordinator
Nancy owns Scantic Valley Farm with her family out in Somers, CT. Passed down from her family, they continue the using the land to specializes in all-natural grass-fed beef with heritage Belted Galloway cattle, heritage Tamworth hogs, and fresh local eggs.
Mackenzie White- Program Assistant
MacKenzie White has worked for UConn Extension for almost 6 years now, specifically involved in many programs and projects focused on supporting Connecticut agriculture. Growing up on a farm herself, MacKenzie understands the amount of determination, long hours, and sweat that goes into producing a wonderful product for others to enjoy. She helps support this program with all the back office minutia and loves know she is supporting the Connecticut farmers who make such remarkable products.
Becca Toms- Communications Coordinator
Becca has worked primarily with non-profits in the sustainable food and agriculture sector for almost 10 years and has been managing social media and communications for over 5 years. She helps this project by making sure the word gets out about the different programs that are available to farmers throughout the state and creating content that is user friendly and easily accessible to the many hard workers that are producing our food.