Josh Martin was selected for the August 2019 UServe Utah Member of the Month. Martin is currently serving with Utah Conservation Corps as an individual placement for the Utah State University Student Organic Farm (SOF). He got involved with the SOF in 2018 and has been serving as SOF manager this year.
Martin worked in Washington County for over ten years before moving to Logan with his wife and four young children to attend Utah State University. He is currently pursuing dual degrees in land plant and climate systems with an emphasis in sustainable food production and plant science with an emphasis in horticulture and cropping systems. During his term of service, he has been an outstanding mentor for fellow AmeriCorps members serving there. His knowledge of organic gardening processes makes him an excellent resource for those around him.
Martin has expanded the use of drip irrigation to the entire farm, reducing the amount of water used and the time needed for weeding. He took a central role in rebuilding the hoop houses and is currently renovating the wildflower, raspberry and strawberry plantings. He has also worked closely with USU Extension to implement best research practices in the field to increase SOF's productivity. Finally, Martin has been an excellent representative of the SOF to the general public, especially to visitors that drop by on its busy 800 East location outside Logan. His award will be presented during the 2019 Utah Higher Education Food Summit at USU.
The UCC, based out of USU’s Center for Community Engagement, was formed in 2001 with a mission to develop the conservation leaders of tomorrow. Since 2001, more than 1,800 UCC AmeriCorps members have served over 1.4 million hours creating or maintaining 3,747 miles of trail and 464 miles of fence, restoring 50,026 acres of public land and reaching 404,049 students with environmental education. More information on UCC can be found at http://www.usu.edu/ucc.