The Farm at the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) Add to Collection
||Food and Farm Program Director||paul.feenanREMOVETHISBEFORESENDING@vycc.org||(802) 434-3969||Add to Collection|
Paul was born and grew up in Bennington, Vermont. After studying sustainable agriculture, community development, and education at UVM and Evergreen State College, his real education took place in his own classroom when he was given the opportunity to teach alternative high school right out of college. Teaching is extremely important to Paul. He believes that his work in agriculture, education, and coaching has taught him exponentially more than he has taught his students. In particular, working with disadvantaged students and coaching high school basketball galvanized Paul’s core values for working with people. Paul also credits his family. His parents instilled a strong work ethic and the importance of “working hard and smart.” His brothers and sisters helped raise him and continue to help with his own children. Most importantly, his wife Kirsten and their children John and Ruby are the foundation and driving force for all of Paul’s work. Paul recently moved his family back to Vermont after having lived, worked, and farmed in Western Washington State for the past twenty years. He finds himself lost on roads that he once could navigate without thought, but is happy to be back living and working in his home state.
||allie.perlineREMOVETHISBEFORESENDING@vycc.org||Add to Collection|
Growing up playing in the Green Mountains, Allie developed a deep love for the natural world that surrounds and supports us. A degree in Wellness and Alternative Medicine and graduate work in Community Health further built on this love of the outdoors and fostered a great interest in holistic, sustainable models of health. Furthermore, it instilled in her an appreciation for the impact that food has on our sense of place, health, and community. Allie has experience in community health outreach and the facilitation of community coalitions and health initiatives using collective impact. She enjoys the challenge of thinking creatively and outside the box to support collaborative approaches to long lasting, sustainable change. The programs at VYCC embody the work that Allie is so passionate about and she is excited to be part of the team. Allie’s appreciation has grown tremendously for the working landscape and the diverse and vibrant community that is Vermont, and looks forward to better connecting with her home state through the work that takes place at the beautiful space of the Farm at VYCC.
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