Jill has nearly thirty years of non-profit management and sustainable development experience, mostly overseas. She lived and worked in Thailand and Cambodia for eleven years, managing relief and development programs for several organizations, including the American Friends Service Committee and Oxfam. She returned to the US to attend graduate school, where she earned two masters degrees – one in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, and the other in Economics from Boston University. After graduate school, Jill moved to one of her favorite places – Vermont – where she worked for eleven years at the Institute for Sustainable Communities managing civic participation and sustainable development programs in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia, including community-based environmental action planning, school-based conservation education, environmental management training, watershed planning, solid waste management, energy efficiency, sustainable forestry, agricultural production, food security, and grassroots citizen initiatives. After she stopped traveling around the world, Jill began learning more about conservation and community development in Vermont and in the beautiful Mad River Valley, where she lives and facilitates sustainable agriculture initiatives. Jill is particularly interested in supporting local food production and building bridges between different segments of the community. When she's not busy organizing something, you may find Jill digging in her garden, walking the back roads of Vermont, practicing energy healing, or singing in a chorus.
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Nate works with farmers in Rutland and Bennington Counties of Vermont. Nate provides technical assistance to farmers to meet Accepted Agricultural Practices and enroll them in other conservation programs provided by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Nate earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science from Plattsburgh State University, NY in 2001. For the past 12 years Nate has been working in various natural resource positions to protect and enhance ecosystems across North America. Additionally Nate has three years of experience operating small organic farms and plans to operate a small farm business again in the future. Beyond work he strives to live sustainably on a daily basis and educates folks about sustainable living practices every chance he gets. Nate enjoys producing community events for ecological awareness, maintaining his lawn with a sickle (post nesting season) and concocting potions.
I am a recent graduate of Middlebury College working as a Conservation Planner for VACD. Funded through the Lake Champlain RCPP, I write conservation plans, with a focus on water quality, for farms that are conserved or are in the process of being conserved in the South Lake priority watershed. As well, I work with South Lake partners to implement Best Management Practices on farms in the watershed. I love that my work is partnership driven (VLT, VHCB, NRCS, DEC, VAAFM, UVM Ext. and beyond) and I know that strengthening these partnerships will be critical to accomplishing our goals in the state.
- Land access / conservation
- Regulatory authority
- Support organization: Farm Inputs
- Goal 4: Options for farmers to reduce their production expenses will be widely disseminated and utilized.
- Goal 5: Agricultural lands and soils will be available, affordable, and conserved for future generations of farmers and to meet the needs of Vermont’s food system.
- Goal 6: Farms and other food system operations will improve their overall environmental stewardship to deliver a net environmental benefit to the state.
- Goal 7: Local food production—and sales of local food—for all types of markets will increase.
- Goal 8: Vermont’s dairy industry is viable and diversified.
- Goal 9: The majority of farms will be profitable.
- Goal 14: Safe edible food typically thrown away will be rescued to feed people, and organics from farms (e.g., manure) and consumer food scraps will be diverted from landfills and waterways to produce animal feed, compost, and feedstock for anaerobic digesters.
- Goal 22: Food system enterprises will minimize their use of fossil fuels and maximize their renewable energy, energy efficiency, and conservation opportunities.