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Addison County Relocalization Network (ACORN)
(802) 382-0401
P.O. Box 65
Middlebury, VT 05753

ACORN's mission is to promote the growth and health of local food and agriculture in Vermont's Southern Champlain Valley. ACORN is a community-based organization working to reinvest in our local economy, revitalize our local food systems and reconnect our regional community. Our programs include: Tour de Farms, Farm-to-School and Community Food Education in Addison County, the annual Guide to Local Food and Farms, and other events that unite the people and landscape of Addison county.


Name Title Phone
Jonathan Corcoran
Annie Harlow
Board of Directors- Vice Chair; Project Manager, USDA Farm to School Grant Manager; Editor Cultivating Connections Monthly E-News (802) 922-7060
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I am an independent consultant working with farmers, food producers, distributors and retailers on operational efficiency and marketing to increase the sale of local food. For more than six years I have overseen and developed the Independent Retail Grocers Project with VT Farm to Plate. The work includes research on local food sold at VT stores, on-site merchandising and the Take 5 online retail training series geared to operations that increase local foods sales and a monthly email directed to coops and independent stores goes out to retail grocers and technical advisers. Small Bites an online e-news platform through the Grocer Project focuses on tips, trends and highlights from Vermont retailers showcasing B2B insights and good retail practices supporting Rooted in Vermont local food sourcing. Sign up for the tips and other tools for retailers at the Farm to Plate: I organize ACORN'S Producer Buyer Forums, where B2B and peer to peer networking takes place promoting the production and sale of VT products to the regional market. Find out more at Additionally, through Health Care Without Harm I have tracked local and sustainable food purchases at hospitals in Vermont and coaching and mentoring to shift purchases. Through my work with ACORN, I support the effort for relocalizing the Addison County farm and food economy. My background includes apprenticing at the USCS Apprenticeship aka CASFS. This led me to working as a wholesale grower, retail produce buyer and as a distribution sales rep focused on sales to institutions and retailers. Besides all the fresh produce and work as an advocate for local foods, I have worked breeding goats for Heifer International. For 3 season fun, I am an avid ornamental gardener.
Jonathan Corcoran
(802) 453-4334
Lindsey Berk
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Lindsey spent seven years in marketing, advertising and PR in the private sector, and in 2011 escaped the cubicles of New York City to find herself nestled in the vines of Mendoza’s wine country as a harvest intern. What was meant to be a five month hiatus became a four year journey around Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. A life-changing role at a Peruvian disaster relief organization convinced Lindsey to continue working in the non-profit sector, and experiences working with a Guatemalan coffee cooperative and many WWOOFing farms locked her into the good food movement for good. ​ Lindsey now serves as the Executive Director of non-profit ACORN, dedicated to strengthening the local food system in Vermont's Champlain Valley. She is also a marketing and project management consultant for small farms and mission-driven organizations, on the Planning Committee for the International Workshop on Agritourism, coming to Vermont in Summer 2022, and serves on her town's Restorative Justice committee. She is also a climate activist and Board Member of 350VT. ​ When not organizing a food adventure or trying to find the best maple creemee in Vermont, Lindsey can be found mountainside, hiking, snowboarding and kayaking, enjoying down time with two cats and a stack of books, or tending to her backyard garden, with her latest Discover Weekly playing in the background. Lindsey is a trained yoga teacher and Good Grief facilitator and is always down to stop and enjoy a moment of stillness wherever she finds herself in the world.
Susan Smiley
(802) 388-6601
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I have farmed with my family since 1974 and am about to enter a new farming phase with my youngest daughter. We area currently exploring farm enterprise options and focusing on farm to plate as the overarching idea
Nicole Burke
(201) 314-4636
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Golden Well Farm & Apiaries is located in New Haven Vermont, just a few miles North of the town of Middlebury. We are part of a larger 175 acre farm, though we are only farming about 2 acres of it mostly for veggie production. We never use chemicals and are currently trying adapt more permaculture and bio-intensive practices. In addition to veggies we also keep bees, and grow flowers and forage for our bees. We offer CSA shares, sell at farmer's markets and to local restaurants and donate to the local food shelf.
Jessica Ball
(616) 916-4000
Network Groups: Health
Sue Hoxie


  • Marketing
    • Local food directories
  • Food Access and Nutrition
    • Localvore / Transition Town / Community group
  • Education
    • General food system education


Tour de Farms, Matchmakers, Financing the Working Landscape Conference, Stone Soup F2S Conference, Addison County Local Food Guide,