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Intervale Center
(802) 660-0440
180 Intervale Road
Burlington, VT 05401

The Intervale Center is a place-based nonprofit that also operates innovative social enterprises to strengthen the community food system. We believe that good food can change the world! Since 1988, we’ve been dedicated to improving farm viability, promoting sustainable land use and engaging our community in the food system.


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Travis Marcotte
Executive Director (802) 660-0440 x107
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Travis brings a breadth of experience and a joy to his work strengthening integrated food systems and running a diverse organization like the Intervale Center. He also enjoys more simple pleasures like cooking and home gardening with his family. Prior to joining the Intervale Center in 2006, Travis worked in agriculture and community economic development in Vermont, Central America and the Caribbean. Travis graduated from the University of Vermont Community Development and Applied Economics program and received his Master’s degree in International Agricultural Development from the University of California, Davis. He grew up on his grandparents’ dairy farm in Charlotte, Vermont and now lives in a farmhouse in Fletcher where he raises chickens, vegetables and pigs with his partner Sue and their sons.
Sam Smith
Farm Business Specialist (802) 660-0440 x110
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Sam brings a passion for farming and food systems to his work at the Intervale. He grew up in Southern Vermont, went to UVM, and recently received a MBA in Sustainability from Antioch New England. He has worked as both a livestock and vegetable farmer, and been involved in the Vermont agricultural community for over 15 years.
Maggie Donin
Beginning Farmer Specialist (802) 660-0440 x116
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I am the Beginning Farmer Specialist at the Intervale Center. I run our Farms Program, incubating new farm businesses by offering land, infrastructure and support. I also do new farmer business planning and coaching all over the state through the New Farmer Project.
Joyce Cellars
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Originally from Berkeley, California, Joyce joined the Intervale Center in September 2009. She is committed to increasing the appetite for Vermont’s bounty of local food by fostering meaningful and rewarding relationships with donors, community members and partner organizations.
Jessica Sanford
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Jessica works as the Intervale Gleaning and Food Rescue Coordinator. In this role she manages and coordinates gleaning efforts at six farms, collection at the Burlington Farmers' Market and the distribution of gleaned food to 100 Individuals through a Free Food Share and 12 social service organizations. In addition she works with her partner at Adam's Berry Farm and teaches food system related courses at the University of Vermont and Antioch University New England.
Network Groups: Food Access
Leah Szafranski
802-660-0440 x28
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Leah Szafranski works for the the Intervale Center in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Her work focuses on improving water quality and wildlife habitat through the implementation of voluntary conservation projects on private lands. Leah is inspired by the vision of a landscape that supports the long-term health and viability of our farms and our ecosystems side by side. She and her partner have a small diversified farm in Craftsbury.
Sarah Alexander
(802) 777-1355
Network Groups: Food Access
Chelsea Frisbee
802-660-0440 x113
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I grew up on a small farm in upstate New York and have a life-long passion for sustainable agriculture and food systems. I love cooking, eating, being outside, and reading. I've worked at the Intervale Center since 2012 and am currently the Development Manager, responsible for managing community fundraising, events, and marketing/communications. I believe we all have a huge opportunity and responsibility to care for ourselves, for each other, and for the earth by growing and eating good food.
Kendall Frost
802-660-0440 x111
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Kendall is the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for the Intervale Food Hub, an enterprise of the Intervale Center.
Carolyn Zeller
8026600440 ext 101
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The Intervale Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Burlington, Vermont. Our mission is to strengthen community food systems. Since 1988, we’ve been dedicated to improving farm viability, promoting sustainable land use and engaging our community in the food system. We’re helping to build a community food system that honors producers, values good food and enhances quality of life for Burlington and beyond!
Abby Portman
Community Relations Coordinator 802-660-0440 x103
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Hello! My name is Abby Portman, I am the Community Relations Coordinator at the Intervale Center. I focus on event planning, communications, and community engagement. I am a graduate of Colorado College where I studied Sustainable Food Systems and Social Policy. In my spare time I enjoy reading, photography, hiking, and cooking.
Stacy Burnstein
Land Access Specialist (802) 225-1180
Annalise Carington
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In partnership with the Intervale Center and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, I work with private landowners in Vermont to plan, implement, and steward habitat restoration projects. Specific to the Intervale Center, I act as a consultant to farmers working on water quality and land management projects on their farms.
Alexandra Sclafani
(772) 341-4706
Mandy Fischer
Hannah Baxter
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Gleaning and Food Rescue Manager Intervale Center


  • Marketing
    • Local food directories
    • Marketing consultants
  • Farm Inputs
    • Land access / conservation
    • Nursery / greenhouse
  • Food Distribution or Storage
    • Aggregation facility / food hub
    • Distributor
  • Retail Food Outlets
    • CSA
  • Food Access and Nutrition
    • Gleaning programs
  • Education
    • General food system education
  • Workforce Development
    • Internship / Apprenticeship / Mentorship programs
    • Incubator programs
  • Business Planning and Technical Assistance
    • Feasibility and planning
    • Production / Processing technical assistance


The Intervale Center's Farms Program

The Farms Program, a nationally recognized farm business incubator, has supported the growth of dozens of farms since 1990.

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