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Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC)
(802) 434-3969
1949 East Main Street
Richmond, VT 05477

The Farm at VYCC works to make a substantial positive impact on food access and nutrition education as well as agriculture and food systems workforce development in Vermont. We have developed, piloted, and continue to refine and expand the Health Care Share in partnership with Central Vermont Medical Center, University of Vermont Medical Center, the Vermont FoodBank and Hunger Free Vermont. The Health Care Share (HCS) provides food insecure families with local farm fresh food and nutrition education & outreach. In 2014 The Farm at VYCC delivered 78,215 pounds (over 39 tons) of food directly to 307 Washington and Chittenden Counties families at their doctor's offices using this unique CSA model. In 2015 the Health Care Share model expands to Rutland County and the Vermont Farmer's Food Center, where the HCS will serve an additional 75 families of Rutland Regional Medical Center. In addition to our food security efforts the Farm at VYCC aims to help train the next generation of agricultural leaders for continued food system development in Vermont. Individuals engaged in our Agriculture Leadership Development Program receive comprehensive training in farm management, food systems, marketing, business planning, equipment and infrastructure, as well as food-insecurity and the charitable food system. They mentor youth and help them gain skills in communication, teamwork, and accountability. Our goal is to prepare the best and brightest for the complex and exciting challenges they will face as tomorrow's leaders in food systems development.


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Paul Feenan
Food and Farm Program Director (802) 434-3969
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Paul was born and grew up in Bennington, Vermont. After studying sustainable agriculture, community development, and education at UVM and Evergreen State College, his real education took place in his own classroom when he was given the opportunity to teach alternative high school right out of college. Teaching is extremely important to Paul. He believes that his work in agriculture, education, and coaching has taught him exponentially more than he has taught his students. In particular, working with disadvantaged students and coaching high school basketball galvanized Paul’s core values for working with people. Paul also credits his family. His parents instilled a strong work ethic and the importance of “working hard and smart.” His brothers and sisters helped raise him and continue to help with his own children. Most importantly, his wife Kirsten and their children John and Ruby are the foundation and driving force for all of Paul’s work. Paul recently moved his family back to Vermont after having lived, worked, and farmed in Western Washington State for the past twenty years. He finds himself lost on roads that he once could navigate without thought, but is happy to be back living and working in his home state.
Allie Perline
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Growing up playing in the Green Mountains, Allie developed a deep love for the natural world that surrounds and supports us. A degree in Wellness and Alternative Medicine and graduate work in Community Health further built on this love of the outdoors and fostered a great interest in holistic, sustainable models of health. Furthermore, it instilled in her an appreciation for the impact that food has on our sense of place, health, and community. Allie has experience in community health outreach and the facilitation of community coalitions and health initiatives using collective impact. She enjoys the challenge of thinking creatively and outside the box to support collaborative approaches to long lasting, sustainable change. The programs at VYCC embody the work that Allie is so passionate about and she is excited to be part of the team. Allie’s appreciation has grown tremendously for the working landscape and the diverse and vibrant community that is Vermont, and looks forward to better connecting with her home state through the work that takes place at the beautiful space of the Farm at VYCC.
Network Groups: Food Access, Health
Allison Filepp
(413) 302-0923
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A dietetic intern with a Masters in Nutrition and a passion for studying the connection between diet and mental health.
Network Groups: Food Access, Health
Emma Homans
Network Groups: Food Access
Ruby Bertola
(201) 414-7290
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Hi I'm Ruby! I'm currently serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Farm at the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC). Here I work on the Health Care Share as well as programming and volunteer coordination. The Health Care Share (HCS) is a farm-to-hospital public health program that connects Vermont families with fresh, healthy food and nutrition education at their doctor’s office. Health Care Providers at partnering medical centers identify patient families who are experiencing food insecurity, diet-related illness, or other distinct health risks and “prescribe” a more nutritious diet for their patients through a Health Care Share: 12 to 15 weeks of fresh fruits and vegetables, recipe resources, basic cooking tutorials, and nutrition information. VYCC Farm crews distribute shares throughout Vermont, and HCS Member-families pick up their share at their local family practice, medical center, or community clinic. This unique approach to preventative medicine and public health is provided free of charge to all HCS Members.
Network Groups: Food Access
andrew Whitehead
Claire Londagin
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Health Care Share Coordinator for the Food and Farm Program at the VYCC.
Daniel Schmidt
Kyle Weatherhogg
Lauren Jones


  • Food Access and Nutrition
    • Support organization: Food Access and Nutrition
  • Workforce Development
    • Internship / Apprenticeship / Mentorship programs
  • Energy
    • Solar site
  • Food Production
    • Fruits
    • Vegetables
    • Poultry