Burlington--Martha Seifert, the University of Vermont Extension 4-H educator for Addison County, is the Vermont recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4HA).
Seifert received her award on Nov. 7 at a special banquet at the NAE4HA's professional improvement conference in White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia. The award recognizes members with seven or more years of service to 4-H for their overall excellence, effective programming and contributions to their local and state 4-H program.
As the Addison County 4-H educator for the past 11 years, Seifert has provided programming in a wide range of project areas. Most recently she was instrumental in re-establishing the 4-H beef and working steer projects in the county.
Each year she organizes numerous local horse and livestock events, including a three-day horse clinic each spring, as well as the ever-popular Addison County 4-H Foods Day, designed to help youths learn about food and nutrition through informational workshops, hands-on food preparation and culinary contests. A total of 230 young people, ages 5 to 18, participate in 4-H in the county, both as members of 18 local 4-H clubs and through after-school and in-school programs.
The 4-H educator currently serves as president of the Vermont Association of Extension 4-H Agents. In addition, she assists the State 4-H Dairy Committee and is the resource person for the Addison County 4-H Foundation.
Seifert is a former 4-H'er who was a member of the Bovine Buddies 4-H Club in Connecticut where she grew up. She earned 4-H achievement medals in dairy, cooking and demonstrations, her three main project areas, and represented her state in the dairy project at the National 4-H Congress in Chicago. She also was selected to participate in the National 4-H Dairy Conference in Wisconsin one year.