1611 Harbor Road
Shelburne, VT 05482
Vera is the Public Relations and Marketing Director for Shelburne Farms, where she oversees media and messaging for its 1,400-acre organic farm and forest, award-winning farmstead cheese, internationally-recognized farm to table restaurant and inn, and leading-edge educational programs. Previously, Vera was a Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation Fellow who managed, co-researched, and co-wrote the most comprehensive report on the state of farm labor today, the Inventory of Farmworker Issues and Protections in the United States, lauded by The New York Times, Worldwatch Institute, and Center for Science in the Public Interest. Vera holds a B.A. in Global Ethics (with honors) from Carleton College and certificates in Ecological Horticulture from University of California Santa Cruz and Permaculture Design from University of Massachusetts Amherst. Vera’s work has been highlighted in LA Weekly, Grist, and the Chicago Tribune, among others. Her articles have appeared in Bitch magazine, Civil Eats, Triple Pundit, and the academic journal, Beliefs and Values. Her photographs have been published in books (e.g., Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table, New School Cuisine: Nutritious and Seasonal Recipes for School Cooks by School Cooks), media (e.g., CNBC, NPR, The Boston Globe, USA Today, Seattle magazine, Edible East Bay), and health food stores and cafes across the country.
Ari grew up off the grid in (far) Upstate New York on a self-sufficent farm. In addition to raising a small livestock herd, gardening, etc., Ari's family spent a lot of time wildcrafting for edible and medicinal plants. Ari has been the Inn & Hospitality Director at Shelburne Farms since 2017.
Retail Food Outlets
- Restaurant / café
- Goal 1: Consumption of Vermont-produced food by Vermonters and regional consumers will measurably increase.
- Goal 2: Consumers in institutional settings (e.g., K-12 schools, colleges, state agency cafeterias, hospitals, prisons) will consume more locally produced food.
- Goal 13: Local food will be available at all Vermont market outlets and increasingly available at regional, national, and international market outlets.
- Goal 15: All Vermonters will have access to fresh, nutritionally balanced food that they can afford.