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Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

vermontagriculture.com
(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.

People

Name Title Phone
Louise Waterman
802-828-6900
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Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
Network Groups: Labor, Production and Processing
Laura DiPietro
ARM Deputy Director (802) 828-1289
Sylvia Jensen
Land Use Planner (802) 828-5435
Rob Achilles
Agricultural Engineer (802) 828-6510
Dan Scruton
Dairy and Energy Chief (802) 828-2433
Diane Bothfeld
(802) 828-1619
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Work at Agency of Agriculture
Network Groups: Production and Processing
Michael Middleman
Water Quality Partner Liaison (802) 828-5362
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
Kristin Haas
Network Groups: Production and Processing
Lauren Masseria
Ali Zipparo
802-505-1822
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Ali Zipparo manages the Vermont Farm to School and Childcare Program, which includes a grant program, at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.She works at the intersection of food access, wellness, and farm to institution market development, which includes local procurement in state government. She works on several inter-agency food initiatives, including a strategic task force focused on aligning the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Agency of Education, Department of Health and Department for Children and Families around farm to school/childcare goals. She also works very closely with partners in the Vermont Farm to School and Farm to Plate Networks to on projects to enhance food, farm and nutrition education in Vermont, benefiting the economy, health outcomes, and educational impact on Vermont children and families.
Reg Godin
802.522.3648
Network Groups: Agritourism
Kristina Sweet
Produce Program Manager (802) 522-7811
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Kristina Sweet is the Produce Program Manager at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, where she works with local, regional, and national stakeholders on the development of state produce safety programs and implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule. Kristina also manages Vermont’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and organizes events to celebrate local food and agriculture. Her favorite apple is the Macoun.
Stephanie Smith
802-828-1732
Abbey Willard
(802) 828-3829
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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.
Jennifer Porter
(802) 661-8201
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Jennifer is the Farm to Institution Coordinator for the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, where she focuses on facilitating institutional purchasing of local foods, supporting the Farm to School program and managing the Farm to School Universal Meals Grant Program. She holds an M.S. in Food Systems from The University of Vermont, where her thesis research was focused on the Real Food Challenge, and B.S. in Mathematics from St. Lawrence University.
Alissa Matthews
802-505-1661
Anson Tebbetts
Secretary of Agriculture, Food & Markets
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State of Vermont Secretary of Agriculture
Network Groups: Steering Committee
Dominique Giroux
(802) 522-3132
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I am the Produce Program Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets. I work with the produce industry to educate growers on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule and also provide outreach for general produce safety information.
Tori Managan
802-622-4094
Lynn Ellen Schimoler
802-622-4477
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Lynn Ellen Schimoler is the Senior Agricultural Business Development Program Manager for Working Lands at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. Schimoler has worked in the Natural Foods Industry for over 20 years. Her experience includes working for independently owned markets in CA,NH and VT, collaborating with the National Cooperatives Grocers to develop retail Co-ops around the US, and working as Director of Purchasing and Merchandising for City Market/Onion River Co-op. Schimoler has expertise in business planning, retail operations,public speaking and management. Schimoler has a BA in Dance from Bennington College, and is a part-time Dance Lecturer at the University of Vermont.

Categories

  • 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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