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Northshire Grows
147 Green Peak Orchard North
East Dorset, Vermont 05253

Northshire Grows is a platform through which growers, food producers and food systems organizations will connect and collaborate. The Northshire includes Manchester and the 18 towns that surround it.


Name Title Phone
Liz Ruffa
Project Director (802) 394-2579
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Liz Ruffa is the Director of Institutional Advancement at Merck Forest & Farmland Center, a 3,200 acre conserved property in Rupert, VT. Merck Forest is on a mission to inspire curiosity, love and responsibility for working and natural lands. Liz lives in East Dorset where she continues to champion regional food systems through her work as a member of the Dorset Select Board.
Jennie Freeman
(802) 824-6765
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Jennie began her career as a primary and middle school educator. In 2001, she founded the Deep Creek Middle School on the island of Eleuthera, The Bahamas. In addition to national curriculum requirements, the school focused on sustainable development, local agriculture, leadership and community. She served on the board of the Cape Eleuthera Foundation until 2014. In addition to raising her three active children, Jennie is now the president of West River Sports Association, a Four Winds Volunteer at Flood Brook School, and Farm To School coordinator for Northshire Grows. Jennie’s personal interests include gardening, cooking, hiking, skiing of every kind, and most any activity as long as it is outside! She enjoys working with children and community, especially through the common need of us all – food!


  • Marketing
    • Agriculture and culinary tourism
    • Food system media
    • Local food directories
    • Marketing consultants
    • Support organization: Marketing
    • Other: Marketing
  • Food Distribution or Storage
    • Support organization: Food Distribution or Storage
  • Food Access and Nutrition
    • Support organization: Food Access and Nutrition