The MAEAP Relentless Positive Action award is given to an individual who routinely exceeds expectations for work within their conservation district and for the MAEAP program. Recipients seek new ways to engage district partners, seek collaborative relationships, and promote the efforts of their district. They also contribute positively to the MAEAP program, not only fulfilling grant requirements, but seeking new strategic partnerships and collaborations, and routinely integrating the MAEAP into their programmatic and district activities. Recipients are individuals who work diligently to improve environmental performance, profitability and the livelihood of farms they work with via the MAEAP program.
Through the Conservation District, Jen works one-on-one with farmers to complete environmental risk assessments centered around water quality and voluntary, regulatory compliance. She also serves as a board member for Michigan Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS) and the Michigan Chapter of the Farmer Veteran Coalition. Both statewide nonprofits work to connect beginning and historically underserved farmers to resource opportunities for developing profitable and environmentally sustainable livelihoods.
“Jen is a great asset to our conservation district and to our farm community.” According to Andrea Stay, Executive Director of the Eaton Conservation District, “She works hard to help solve people’s problems and she doesn’t give up until she finds a solution that works for the farmer, the environment and the multitude of regulatory agencies we deal with.”
The mission of Eaton Conservation District is to promote and encourage cooperation with other individuals, groups, organizations, or agencies in an organized effort to conserve and improve the natural resources in Eaton County. Find us on facebook, www.eatoncounty.org or call us at 517/543-1512 x 5 to be added to our mail or email newsletter!