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

The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps’ Food and Farm Program is a dynamic youth development, diversified agriculture and food security initiative. At VYCC, we believe in the power that food has to connect us to the land, our community, and each other. We engage young people in organic farming and culinary education on our historic 400-acre campus in Richmond, Vermont. Annually, the program produces 11 acres of organically certified vegetables and 600 pasture raised chickens which are distributed to 400 families through our nationally recognized Health Care Share project. The Heath Care Share is a public health initiative that connects Vermont families who experience barriers to accessing locally grown produce or have a diet-related illness with a weekly vegetable share they pick up at partnering medical centers. Each year the program provides employment opportunities to youth and young adults from Vermont and around the country who assist in the daily operations of the farm. Additionally, the program has a strong food component that connects the work we do in the field and the food on our plates, by preparing lunch from the farm every work day in the summer and sharing celebratory meals sourced from our farm with the larger community.


Name Title Phone
andrew Whitehead
Food and Farm Program Manager 610-955-3766
Daniel Schmidt
Officer of Programming
Kyle Weatherhogg
Director, Food and Farm Program
Lauren Jones
Health Care Share Coordinator, AmeriCorps VISTA
Network Groups: Food Access, Food Justice
Kay Ardel
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Kay believes spending time outside is the best way to learn more about the places we play, work and live in. She has followed her passion for hands-on experiential learning and the outdoors all across the country. From the high peaks of the Cascades and shores of the Salish sea – where she earned her Master’s in Environmental Education; to the Green Mountains of Vermont where she earned her degree in Biology. Kay has held various titles across many organizations that foster curiosity and build community. She has been a teacher, a program director, a farmhand and a student of many subjects — which bring her closer to achieving her dream of being a real life Ms. Frizzle! She brings a diverse set of skills, a knack for creative problem solving, positive outlook to her role of Administrative Manager at the VYCC and would consider herself a “Jill of all trades”.
Katie Robertson
(406) 451-4762


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


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