various Extension programs in collage

Litchfield County

The Litchfield County office is located in Torrington. Several of our programs have offices in Torrington, including 4-H, and the Master Gardener Program. Soil test kits are available at the Litchfied County office. The following statewide programs have offices in Litchfield County: greenhouse Integrated Pest Management (IPM), nutrient management, and dairy and livestock education.  

Litchfield county office

843 University Drive

Torrington, CT, 06790

litchfield@uconn.edu

(860) 626-6240

Faculty and Staff

William Davenport

William (Bill) Davenport

4-H Youth Development Assistant Educator- UConn4-H

william.davenport@uconn.edu or 860-626-6864

William Davenport, (UConn class of 1985, BS in Animal Science, class of 1986, MS in Animal Science), began in July of 2019 as the Litchfield County Extension 4-H Assistant Educator as a second career. Previously, Bill taught Agriscience and Technology at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury since graduating from UConn in 1986, retiring from teaching there after competing 33 years in June of 2019. He also served as Director of the Ellis Clark Regional Agriscience and Technology program from 2004 to 2019 as well. Bill grew up on a dairy farm in Litchfield and still is actively involved with his brother Jim’s (UConn, class of 1982, BS in Animal Science) Toll Gate Farm in Ancram, NY, where Bill owns 15 Holsteins and Ayrshires in the herd. Bill lives in Litchfield with his wife Jill (UConn, class of 1987, BS in Animal Science), and his two daughters Megan (UConn, class of 2022) and Allison, (UConn, class of 2024). Bill is a product of Litchfield County 4-H and is excited to be back and be involved with UConn 4H in Litchfield County.

 

Richard Meinert

Richard Meinert

Center Coordinator & Agriculture (Dairy/Livestock) Nutrient Management

richard.meinert@uconn.edu or 860-626-6240

Leanne Pundt

Leanne Pundt

Greenhouse Crops Extension Educator - CT IPM

leanne.pundt@uconn.edu or 860-626-6240

Leanne Pundt is currently an Extension Educator with UConn Extension. Since 1993, she has focused on cooperating with retail and wholesale growers of herbaceous annuals and perennials to help them develop more effective pest management programs. She has a BS degree in Ornamental Horticulture and a MPS degree in Plant Protection from Cornell University. Leanne worked for the Ornamental IPM Program for Rutgers Cooperative Extension before joining UConn Extension.

Leanne is a co-author of the Integrated Pest Management Handbook for Herbaceous Perennials and Pest Management for Herb Bedding Plants Grown in the Greenhouse. Her articles have appeared in trade journals such as GrowerTalks, Greenhouse Product News, Greenhouse Grower, GM PRO, and American Nurseryman.

Christine Smith

Oak LeafChristine Smith

Temporary University Specialist

christine.smith@uconn.edu

 

Michelle Winkler

Michelle WinklerMichelle Winkler

Coordinator - Master Gardener

michelle.winkler@uconn.edu or 860-626-6240

Michelle Winkler is the Litchfield County Master Gardener Program Coordinator.  She is an Advanced Master Gardener who grows vegetables, fruit, and perennials.  Educating gardeners about sound home gardening practices and about the importance of invasive removal are two of her favorite topics. Before becoming a master gardener, she worked as a budget and policy analyst and has BS and MS degrees in Public Policy & Management from Carnegie Melon University.