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Northshire Grows Add to Collection
147 Green Peak Orchard North
East Dorset, Vermont 05253

Northshire Grows is a platform through which growers, food producers and food systems organizations will connect and collaborate. The Northshire includes Manchester and the 18 towns that surround it.


Name Title Phone
Liz Ruffa
Project Director (802) 379-4013 Add to Collection
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Liz Ruffa lives in East Dorset, where she has recently launched Northshire Grows, a farm and food systems network platform for northern Bennington County. She is a project director for Common Good Vermont in Burlington and for Tall Spire Farm in Manchester Center.
Jennie Freeman
(802) 824-6765 Add to Collection
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Jennie began her career as a primary and middle school educator. In 2001, she founded the Deep Creek Middle School on the island of Eleuthera, The Bahamas. In addition to national curriculum requirements, the school focused on sustainable development, local agriculture, leadership and community. She served on the board of the Cape Eleuthera Foundation until 2014. In addition to raising her three active children, Jennie is now the president of West River Sports Association, a Four Winds Volunteer at Flood Brook School, and Farm To School coordinator for Northshire Grows. Jennie’s personal interests include gardening, cooking, hiking, skiing of every kind, and most any activity as long as it is outside! She enjoys working with children and community, especially through the common need of us all – food!


  • Marketing
    • Agriculture and culinary tourism
    • Food system media
    • Local food directories
    • Marketing consultants
    • Support organization: Marketing
    • Other: Marketing
  • Food Distribution or Storage
    • Support organization: Food Distribution or Storage
  • Food Access and Nutrition
    • Support organization: Food Access and Nutrition