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University of Vermont Extension (Brattleboro)
(802) 257-7967
130 Austine Drive Suite 300
Brattleboro, VT 05301


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Liz Kenton
Youth Agriculture Project Coordinator (802) 257-7967 x308
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I coordinate on-site programs and professional development to help young people build life and job skills through hands-on learning about food, nutrition, and agriculture. Examples include youth tractor safety certification; a summer job-training program where at-risk youth grow and market fresh produce as a team; and workshops with students, and with educators, on topics including school gardening, experiential education, farm to school, and service learning through agriculture.
Hans Estrin
Local Food Network Coordinator (802) 257-7967 x312
Vern Grubinger
NE SARE Director (802) 257-7967 x303
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Vern Grubinger is the vegetable and berry specialist and Extension Professor with the University of Vermont. He also serves as coordinator of USDA’s Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE), which awards $4 million annually in grants to researchers, educators and farmers across the 12 Northeast states. He helps lead the eXtension Farm Energy community of practice, serves on the Town of Dummerston Farmland Protection committee, and has been on the board of the Vermont Farm Fund, Vermont Land Trust, Brattleboro Food Coop, Windham County Farm Bureau and the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group. He consults individually with hundreds of farmers each year. Vern has authored the books 'Sustainable Vegetable Production from Start Up to Market' and 'With an Ear to the Ground: Essays on Sustainable Agriculture', and he is co-author of 'Food, Farms, and Community: Exploring Food Systems.'
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Lisa Chase
Gail Makuch
802-257-7967 or (802) 780-0091
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I keep busy by: Nurturing bees with organic methods. Sharing and selling the hives' healing honey, propolis and pollen. Exploring and preserving wilderness in the mountains of Southern VT. Supporting agriculture, education and community programs at the UVM Extension office in Brattleboro.
Sue Hawkins
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I work for UVM Extension and coordinate the eXtension's national Farm Energy community of practice. We produce educational materials on the sustainable use and production of energy on the farm. Outreach topics include efficiency and conservation, anaerobic digestion and biogas, biodiesel, biomass combustion, conversion processes, feedstocks, and sustainability. Fact sheets, research summaries, webinars, multimedia, social media... Currently I am most involved in providing outreach for 2 regional USDA projects that are dedicated to building bioenergy supply chains: NEWBio, the Northeast Woody/Warm-season Biomass Consortium and CenUSA, Sustainable Production and Distribution of Bioenergy for the Central USA; and Northeast Farm Energy IQ development of curriculum for agricultural service providers and farmers.
Hans Estrin


  • Marketing
    • Support organization: Marketing
  • 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