The Food Justice Task Force has created a self-assessment tool and resource guide for organizations and individuals in Vermont to learn more about what different approaches to improving food access -- hunger awareness, hunger relief, food justice, right to food, and food sovereignty -- look like on-the-ground, identify their own role, and identify ways to expand their work or partner with complementary approaches. The Task Force is now helping Network groups, organizations, and individuals around VT to undergo this self-exploration, and is simultaneously exploring other projects and funding sources to help center justice and equity in our food access narratives.
To learn more about this group and explore the toolkit, please contact Lisa Masé, chair.
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1 College Drive
Bennington VT, 05201
Dr. Tatiana Abatemarco is a faculty member in Food Studies at Bennington College, where she is building a food studies program that works with the local community of Bennington to address the systemic causes of food insecurity. She holds a PhD in Natural Resources, with a focus in Environmental Thought and Culture, from the University of Vermont and a MA in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota. Her research puts feminist philosophy in conversation with actors in sustainable food systems. She is one of the founding members of the North Country Food Justice Working Group, which networks food justice organizations in the Adirondacks of New York.
I am coordinating the development of a Food Studies Program at Middlebury College. I've been working on the sustainability of food systems as a teacher, researcher, program administrator, consultant and partner for more than 20 years through New England. I am especially interested in food security, food rights, sustainability metrics and food system planning.
The Mountain School
151 Mountain School Road
Vershire Vermont, 05079
Alison directs the food program at the Mountain School of Milton Academy in Vershire, VT. She co-directs the school's farm seminar, which aims to educate students about the school's food model as well as environmental, justice and equity issues in the food system.
After several years of experience on production vegetable farms in the Boston area, I moved to VT to complete a year long Education Residency at Shelburne Farms. In this role I taught farm and forest based school programs and summer camps. In February 2015 I was hired by Basin Harbor Club to start and manage a small vegetable farm on their property to supply produce to their on-site restaurants. After moving on from Basin Harbor I took a position as the Winter Conference Coordinator at NOFA-VT, and outside of Winter Conference season I work as the Harvest Manager at Burnt Rock Farm in Huntington, VT. I am also working toward a Master's in Leadership for Sustainability at UVM.
Gina is an Agriculture Development Specialist at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets. She currently manages the Vermont Produce Safety Improvement Grant Program and the Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.
I currently work at the Vermont Foodbank on programs such as 3SquaresVT and others food access programs oriented towards Vermonters 60+ years old. I bring a background in farm-based environmental education, farming, and local food systems.
Aggregation and Distribution
Consumer Education and Marketing
Education and Workforce Development
Farmland Access and Stewardship
Production and Processing
Soil and Water
Farm to Institution
Communications and Marketing Community of Practice
Rooted in Vermont®
Career Pathways & Image
Food Cycle Coalition
Farm Viability Indicators Task Force
Slow Money Vermont
Food Access Planning
Composting Association of Vermont
481 Kettle Farm Road
Westfield VT, 05874
Composting Association of Vermont
Community Kitchen Academy
20 Gable Place
Barre Vermont, 05641
Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf
228 North Winooski Avenue
Burlington Vermont, 05401
My name is Hannah Harrington and I am the Service Coordinator at the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, working on program development for the Community Kitchen Academy job training program and helping people connect and apply for needed services and benefits. I am a Vermonter and alumna of University of Vermont, graduating with a B.S. in Community and International Development and a M.S. in Community Development and Applied Economics. During that time I focused on studying and researching food systems, specifically local food systems and the challenges and opportunities in store for Vermont’s local food system now and in the future. Food and cooking are some of my greatest passions, in addition to exploring the Vermont outdoors on mountain bike or skis and making pottery pieces for the kitchen. I am driven to work towards a more equitable food system that gets healthy food to everyone, as good, nutritious food can provide humankind with strength, medicine, economic opportunity, and happiness.
Vermont Department of Health Bennington District Office
324 Main St.
Bennington Vermont, 05201
I recently moved to Bennington, VT from New Orleans, LA where I was active in the southern Louisiana food system through my work with Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, the New Orleans Food Policy Council and as the founder of the New Orleans Fruit Tree Project. In my current role as District Director of the Vermont Department of Health - Bennington District Office, I have taken on a co-chair position with the Bennington Hunger Council and am serving on the Advisory Board for Bennington's College Mellon grant.
The Vermont Department of Health-HPDP Division
108 Cherry Street
Burlington Vermont, 05401
I'm the Worksite Wellness Coordinator at the Vermont Department of Health. I'm interested in supporting worksites in promoting local, healthy food for their employees through strategies such as local first procurement, on-site CSAs, gardens, farmers markets, etc. I'm also interested in support the food system through promoting the health and wellbeing of Vermont's farmers.
Lisa is a food as medicine educator, translator, food writer and homesteader who teaches the ways of food as medicine through group classes and private consultations. She strives for food justice by acting mindfully and raising awareness about issues of food access and health.
Lover of the environment, food science, and animal rights. Fungi rule everything around me. Owner & Founder of FUNJ. Shrooming Company, an urban mushroom farm in Saint Albans, VT.
As a Food Security Specialist at Hunger Free Vermont Phil provides integrated outreach and training on 3SquaresVT, a federal nutrition program that works to eliminate food insecurity in our state. In addition to training service providers who work directly with Vermonters in need of nutrition resources, Phil deploys targeted strategies to reach vulnerable populations such as college students, seniors, new Americans, and working families with young children. Phil works collaboratively with federal, state, and community partners to address barriers to participation and ensure all Vermonters gain access to the programs for which they are eligible. Phil graduated from the University of Vermont in 2012, yet has remained actively involved in his alma mater as an advisor to several of the organizations he was a member of as an undergraduate student, including Feel Good which is an anti-hunger organization on campus. This consistent contact with college students, and his understanding of the issue of hunger, has made him acutely aware of the growing issue of food insecurity in our college communities. He now leads Hunger Free Vermont’s effort to address this problem on a state level. Before joining Hunger Free Vermont, Phil worked in project coordination and sales at a few small, locally owned businesses in the Burlington area, putting his BA in Art History and Business Administration into practice. This background translates nicely to his work at Hunger Free Vermont where project coordination and relationship building is paramount, yet his current position also allows him to fulfill his passion for working in the anti-hunger field. A native to rural Vermont, Phil is proud to work toward a mission that is making a difference for his fellow Vermonters.
I am the Program Manager for the Vermont WIC Program, at the Vermont Department of Health. Before joining WIC, I was the Program Administrator for the Food Systems Graduate Program, at UVM. For the past 15 years, I have been focused on understanding and supporting efforts to address complex food systems issues, including food security and health promotion.
Vermont Legal Food Hub Program Coordinator and Post Graduate Clinical Teaching Fellow at the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School. CAFS: https://vermontlaw.edu/academics/centers-and-programs/center-for-agriculture-and-food-systems Vermont Legal Food Hub :https://www.legalfoodhub.org/
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. Her favorite apple is the Macoun.