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Alta Mae Marvin

Agribusiness Extension Agent
County Coordinator
Agribusiness Program Team, Allendale County Cooperative Extension Office, Bamberg County Cooperative Extension Office, Barnwell County Cooperative Extension Office, Beaufort County Cooperative Extension Office, Colleton County Cooperative Extension Office, Hampton County Cooperative Extension Office, Jasper County Cooperative Extension Office

Office: Colleton County
Phone: 843-549-2595
Fax: 843-549-2597

Email: amarvin@clemson.edu
 

 Educational Background

BA College of Mass Communication
University of South Carolina 1973

 Profile

Alta Mae Marvin joined Clemson Extension Service in 2000 working with the SC National Heritage Corridor and Clemson’s Institute for Economic and Community Development. Her work focused on tourism, agri-tourism, and workforce and community development in the Lowcountry. Currently she is working with Clemson’s Agribusiness Team in Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper Counties. She works in local and regional food systems and has been instrumental in working with farmers markets and developing an effective mobile farmers market in Colleton County including a mobile market specifically for African American churches. She is a member of the Southern Rural Development Center’s Regional Food Systems Committee, the SC New and Beginning Farmers Program Team, and SC Stronger Economics Together (SET) State Team. Partnering with the Lowcountry Foodbank and SCDHEC, she offers nutrition education and cooking classes as part of Clemson’s Eat Smart Move More Colleton County (ESMMCC) coalition which was the result of a 6 year grant with Eat Smart Move More South Carolina, SCDHEC and NIFA funding. In addition, she works with farmers, commercial kitchens, and agribusiness concerns. She is a Clemson trained certified Master Gardener, earned a Non-Profit Management Certification from Winthrop University, and a certification in Community Based Service Learning from Michigan State University, and the ServSafe Manager certification issued by the National Restaurant Association.

 Research Interests

Impact of access to locally grown and healthy food on impact of obesity in rural counties and under-served communities.
Impact of nutrition education and exercise on obesity in rural and under-served communities.

 Extension and Outreach

Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC) Regional & Local Food Systems Committee
SRDC South Carolina Stronger Economics Together (SET) Team
South Carolina New & Beginning Farmers (SCNBF) Team
Eat Smart Move More Colleton County (ESMMCC) Coalition (an organizer and officer)

 Publications

Faithful Families Cooking and Eating Smart Abstract
Presented at APHA 2016 Annual Meeting & Expo 2016
A Social Ecological Approach to Encourage and Assist Residents to Eat Smart and Move More in Rural Colleton County funded with a NIFA grant.
With Sarah F. Griffin, MPH, PHD and Joel E. Williams, MPH, PHD

“Learning from our past: Improving meal planning and healthy grocery shopping behaviors among low-income, rural residents through community-based nutrition education.”
Presented at 16th Annual American Academy of Health Behavior Meeting, February 2016
With A Social Ecological Approach to Encourage and Assist Residents to Eat Smart and Move More in Rural Colleton County funded with a NIFA grant.
With Sarah F. Griffin, MPH, PHD and Joel E. Williams, MPH, PHD

 Links

Agribusiness Team
Colleton County Clemson Extension Facebook: