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University of Vermont Extension (Berlin)
(802) 223-2389
327 US Route 302
Berlin, VT 05641

UVM Extension integrates higher education, research and outreach to help Vermonters put knowledge to work in their families and homes, farms and businesses, towns and the natural environment. Faculty and staff, located in offices around the state, help improve the quality of life of Vermonters through research-based educational programs and practical information.


Name Title Phone
Mark Cannella
Director: Farm Viability and Farm Business Management Specialist (802) 223-2389
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Mark is an Associate Professor with UVM Extension and the director of Agricultural Business Programs.
Erin Shea
Vermont Migrant Education Program Coordinator (802) 223-2389 x208
Zachary Smith
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I currently work for UVM Extension Agricultural Business program, focusing on business planning support for farm viability, clean water, and general agricultural business initiatives. I have been working in the fields of rural economic development, regenerative agriculture, water sanitation, and social entrepreneurship in a variety of capacities ever since my Peace Corps Volunteer experience began in Ecuador in 2005. I am particularly interested in supporting the agricultural communities of Vermont and Latin America. My ambition to continue to work in agriculture comes from my first job at 12 years old on a farm in Ohio, through several years working in greenhouse agriculture, to starting organic tomato and chicken enterprises in Ecuador and Guatemala. Prior to joining the UVM team, I was a digital marketing consultant for a variety of companies and I continue to support farmers in joining the digital economy.


  • Food Access and Nutrition
    • Cooking / nutrition classes
  • Education
    • General food system education
    • Farm to School programs
    • Out of school programs
    • Colleges / Universities
  • Workforce Development
    • Internship / Apprenticeship / Mentorship programs
  • Business Planning and Technical Assistance
    • Feasibility and planning
    • Marketing


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