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Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
3 Pitkin Court Suite 301E
Montpelier, VT 05602

The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund administers the Farm to Plate Investment Program on behalf of the Vermont Legislature and coordinates the Farm to Plate Network's implementation of Vermont's food system plan. VSJF is a nonprofit organization working to accelerate sustainable economic development in Vermont's agriculture and food systems, forest products, waste management, renewable energy, and environmental technology sectors.


Name Title Phone
Jake Claro
Farm to Plate Program Director (802) 828-5669
Ellen Kahler
Executive Director (802) 828-5320
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I assist in coordinating the Farm to Plate Network and our organization is responsible for implementing the Farm to Plate Initiative, at the request of the Vermont Legislature. I serve on the Boards of Red Tomato, the Working Lands Enterprise Fund, and the Sustainable Agriculture Council. I am also active in helping other New England states in developing their own food system plans and implementation efforts.
Anthony Mennona
Finance Director
Network Groups: Slow Money Vermont, Financing
Beret Halverson
Farm to Plate & Forestry Products Program Coordinator 802-828-5670
Christine McGowan
Forest Products Program Director (802) 828-3840
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Christine joined the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund in August 2016 as the Forest Products Program Director. The program is a collaboration between the Jobs Fund, the Northern Forest Center and the Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Board with a goal of improving value chain investment opportunities for Vermont’s forest products industry and increasing the value of sustainable forestry in the state. Christine will be working closely with individuals and businesses throughout the supply chain from landowners, foresters, loggers and sawmills to secondary market producers to develop new value chain investment strategies and build a brand for Vermont-grown, sustainably-harvested wood products such as construction material, furniture and modern wood heat products. Christine has 20+ years of experience in journalism, strategic communications and conservation. She lives in Stowe with her husband and their two dogs, one cat and the assorted wildlife species that share their tiny plot of heaven.
Sarah Danly
Farm to Plate Network Manager (802) 828-3745
Geoff Robertson
Business Assistance Director
Kelly Nottermann
Communications Director (802) 828-1121
Becka Warren


  • Marketing
    • Food system media
    • Support organization: Marketing
    • Other: Marketing
  • Food Processing or Manufacturing
    • Support organization: Food Processing or Manufacturing
  • Education
    • General food system education
  • Workforce Development
    • Support organization: Workforce Development
  • Business Planning and Technical Assistance
    • Access to capital
    • Feasibility and planning
  • Financing Organizations
    • Grants
    • Royalty financing
  • Energy
    • Support organization: Energy
  • Food Production
    • Beef
    • Eggs
    • Pork
    • Lamb


business planning, business coaching, business advising, entrepreneurial support, network development, value chain facilitation, strategic planning, financing, communication


Farm to Plate Statement of Solidarity

The Farm to Plate team at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund stands in solidarity with the Black and African American community in condemning the murders of and demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others. Floyd’s murder, and the protests unfolding across the country, are a stark reminder that while we have been in the throes of a health crisis these past three months, the crises of racism, racial inequality, and white supremacy have embroiled our nation’s entire history and continue to live with us today.

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