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Hi, I’m Martha.

Educator, Farmer (on hiatus), Organizer.

I am a plant-enthusiast with a deep-rooted passion for food systems justice and a personal mission to develop sustainable, cooperative communities in New York State. As an educator and farmer, I have taught gardening classes and created garden-based learning curricula for youth and adults across the state. As an organizer, I have led mutual aid initiatives in LI and coordinated community-based environmental justice events upstate. As a forever student, I have earned a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University’s School of Integrative Plant Sciences and enrolled in NYU Steinhardt’s Food Studies Master of Arts program. 

I have many stories to tell of cultivated relationships, growing understanding, and seeded interests that have blossomed into passions. On this site, I share the most notable, fruitful experiences that have enabled these passions to take root and soon after, thrive.

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Recent Experiences

My Qualifications

August 2021 - Present

Membership Coordinator | Black Farmers United of New York State (BFU-NYS)

  • Crafts and implements a membership recruitment, onboarding, and engagement processes

  • Develops and ensures adherence to internal policies

  • Creates organization communications (e.g., letters, newsletters, social media posts, advocacy materials)

  • Co-leads fundraising initatives (e.g., grantwriting)

  • Represents BFU-NYS in interviews, events, and other speaking engagements

  • Coordinates all membership meetings

  • Creates and facilitates strategic planning processes and development of organizational structure

  • Leads the creation and implementation of hiring processes

  • Co-develops advocacy initiatives with members and partners

  • Organizes members events and other opportunities

  • Edits and maintains website

  • Liaises between lobbyists, members, and partners

  • Provides other administrative and technical duties

  • Offers ongoing support to other miscellaneous tasks and projects as needed

May 2020 - Present

Farmer Training Program Advisory Committee Member | Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming

  • Committees: Curriculum Development and Recruitment Strategy

  • Engages in periodic meetings

  • Determines program structure with fellow board members

Summer 2021, 2022

Freelance Ag Educator | ReWild Long Island

  • Developed and taught hands-on lessons on farming and food justice in person and virtually

March 2021 - September 2021

Farm Educator & Community Liaison | Orkestai Farm

  • Created and implemented curricula on no-till, organic agriculture for neurodiverse adults

  • Performed regular farm maintenance activities: plant propagation and greenhouse management; water, nutrient, soil, weed, and pest management; produce harvesting and processing; minor irrigation plumbing repairs and carpentry

  • Crafted and implemented social media content and strategies

  • Cultivated relationships between the farm and potential partners

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My Stories

Food Systems

Cornell Garden-based Learning

Event Planning & Coordination

Evaluation & Facilitation

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