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Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets Add to Collection
(802) 828-2430
116 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05620

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets facilitates, supports and encourages the growth and viability of agriculture in Vermont while protecting the working landscape, human health, animal health, plant health, consumers and the environment.


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Louise Waterman
802-828-6900 Add to Collection
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Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
Network Groups: Labor, Production and Processing
Chelsea Bardot Lewis
Senior Agricultural Development Coordinator (802) 828-3360 Add to Collection
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Chelsea Bardot Lewis is an Agricultural Policy Administrator with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. She has an M.S. in Agriculture Food and Environment from the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, where she conducted the research for “A capacity assessment of New England’s large animal slaughter facilities as relative to meat production for the regional food system,” published in 2011. In addition to her work with the meat industry in Vermont, she is also the director of the Vermont Food Export Program, and VAAFM's Federal Policy liaison. She and her husband Nate own Moonlight Farm in Waterbury, Vermont, an organic fruit and garlic operation.
Laura DiPietro
ARM Deputy Director (802) 828-1289 Add to Collection
Network Groups: Soil and Water
Sylvia Jensen
Land Use Planner (802) 828-5435 Add to Collection
Rob Achilles
Agricultural Engineer (802) 828-6510 Add to Collection
Dan Scruton
Dairy and Energy Chief (802) 828-2433 Add to Collection
Noelle Sevoian
Agricultural Development Coordinator (802) 585-9072 Add to Collection
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I help coordinate the Working Lands Enterprise Board and the Vermont Ag and Forest Products Development Board. The Working Lands Enterprise Board makes investments into ag and forestry/forest products Enterprises in VT.
Diane Bothfeld
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture (802) 828-1619 Add to Collection
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Network Groups: Production and Processing
Chuck Ross
Secretary of Agriculture (802) 828-1619 Add to Collection
Jolinda LaClair
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture (802) 828-1619 Add to Collection
Michael Middleman
Water Quality Partner Liaison (802) 828-5362 Add to Collection
Alison Kosakowski
Marketing and Promotions Administrator (802) 828-2179 Add to Collection
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I joined the Vermont Agency of Agriculture as the Marketing and Communications Director in Nov. 2011. For the past 15 years, I've worked with Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, and institutions to develop communications and marketing programs that create brand loyalty and organizational engagement. Since relocating to Vermont from the NYC area in 2009, my personal interest and involvement in agriculture and sustainability have led me to focus on professional projects related to the food system, socially responsible brands, and the environment. I am married to a sixth generation dairy farmer. We live together on the family farm in Richmond, VT.
Alexander DePillis
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Alex is the energy specialist with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets
Christopher Batson
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Administrative Assistant, Division of Agricultural Development, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Faith Raymond
802-828-1619 Add to Collection
Kristin Haas
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Network Groups: Production and Processing
Sam Werbel
Executive Assistant to the Secretary 802.828.5667 Add to Collection
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I am a lifelong Vermonter and UVM alum currently working for the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. I am excited and proud to be a part of Vermont's Agricultural renaissance.
Lauren Masseria
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Ali Zipparo
802-505-1822 Add to Collection
Reg Godin
802.522.3648 Add to Collection
Hannah Reid
802-522-0503 Add to Collection
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Communications & Marketing Coordinator for the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, & Markets.
Kristina Sweet
Produce Safety Program Development Coordinator (802) 522-7811 Add to Collection
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Kristina Sweet is the Produce Safety Coordinator at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, where she focuses on assessing the impact of the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) on Vermont's produce industry, helping Vermont produce farmers maintain market access, and managing the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Kristina is an M.S. Candidate in Food Systems at the University of Vermont, where her thesis research centers on the Mad River Valley, and holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Columbia University.
Stephanie Smith
802-828-1732 Add to Collection
Abbey Willard
(802) 828-3829 Add to Collection
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I actively participate in the Aggregation and Distribution Working Group, Food Access Crosscutting Team, and Farm to Institution Task Force. My position attends to the following aspects related to strengthening VT's food system: farm to institution program development, support for farmers' markets and CSAs, food access issues including EBT at farmers' markets, increasing local food in state government, food hub liaison, and management of the GAPs (Good Agricultural Practices) and local food market development matching grant programs.
Emma Hanson
630-632-5525 Add to Collection


  • Marketing
    • Agriculture and culinary tourism
    • Food system media
    • Marketing consultants
    • Support organization: Marketing
  • Farm Inputs
    • Regulatory authority
    • Support organization: Farm Inputs
  • Food Production
    • Support organization: Food Production
  • Food Processing or Manufacturing
    • Support organization: Food Processing or Manufacturing
  • Food Distribution or Storage
    • Support organization: Food Distribution or Storage
  • Retail Food Outlets
    • Support organization: Retail Food Outlets
  • Nutrient Management
    • Support organization: Nutrient Management
  • Food Access and Nutrition
    • Support organization: Food Access and Nutrition
  • Education
    • General food system education
    • Farm to School programs
  • Business Planning and Technical Assistance
    • Access to capital
    • Feasibility and planning
    • Infrastructure
    • Marketing
    • Packaging and safety
    • Production / Processing technical assistance
    • Regulations and permits
  • Financing Organizations
    • Grants
    • Loans / debt
  • Energy
    • Support organization: Energy
  • Regulations and Public Policy
    • Regulatory authority


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