Environmental Studies
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Jay Martin

Jay Martin, the man who brought Community Sponsored Agriculture to the Eastern Shore, is an Adjunct Lecturer in Environmental Studies with expertise in organic gardening and community supported agriculture. Jay teaches ENVR 495: Environmental FielJay Martin outdoor lectured Studies: Organic Gardening, an applied course taught on his farm. Jay has devoted his career to organic farming, greenhouse production of seedlings, and the creation of sustainable models for food production in a region that is a global leader in the industrial production of chicken. Until November 2010, Jay ran the Provident Farms Community Supported Agriculture program, a watershed organization in the development of sustainable local food production on the lower shore, which he founded in 2002. Three other CSA’s have split off from Martin’s original farm, and when he retired from formal farming in 2010, he left a strong local food movement behind him. A long-time speaker to student groups, this past spring was Martin’s first foray into formal university teaching.