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NOFA Vermont phone: (802) 434-4122

VOF phone: (802) 434-3821

Eric Andersen

Position: NOFA-VT Office Manager and VOF Admin Assistant

Email: [email protected]

Extension: 7182

Eric lives in East Montpelier with his wife and ten year old daughter on their farm Anderbell Acres. When he’s not managing finances, you can find Eric riding his John Deere in the fields, getting his hands dirty, and enjoying hiking, biking and exploring all the wonders that Vermont has to offer with his family. You can check out their farm website at

Kyla Bedard

Position: Certification Specialist- Dairy & Livestock

Email: [email protected]

Extension: 7150

Kyla graduated from UVM in 2008 with a B.S in Environmental Science, focusing on Conservation Biology. After graduating she apprenticed on an organic vegetable farm which sparked her passion for sustainable agriculture. Afterwards, she worked for an organic dairy in Addison County and fell in love with cows and dairying. Kyla has spent the last 5 years in California working for a large organic dairy and smaller family owned farms as a farmer, administrative assistant and event planner.

Kirsten Bower

Position: Finance Director

Email: [email protected]

Extension: 7151

Kirsten has worked with NOFA since 1989 in various roles and for the past 15 years has been NOFA Vermont’s Financial Manager. She has a BS in Forestry from West Virginia University and a Masters in Plant & Soil Science from the University of Vermont. She spent two years in Peace Corps in Ecuador working in agroforestry where she fell in love with the culture and language. She currently lives in Richmond, Vermont, with her husband, cat, and flock of hens, and can often be found tending her garden.

Megan Browning

Position: Farmer Services Program Facilitator

Email: [email protected]

Megan Browning is a farmer, communicator, and community organizer whose interests, knowledge and passion center the continued viability of small-scale farming, and the redistribution of land, wealth and power to achieve a just and sustainable food system. Megan grew up in New York City, graduated from Colby College in Maine, and has spent the past ten years on farms around New England. She moved to Vermont in 2014 and was immediately taken with the strong agricultural community, so she stuck around! Among other things Megan enjoys cooking, eating, traveling, swimming, growing plants, and spreading love.

Erin Buckwalter

Position: Development & Engagement Director

Email: [email protected]

Extension: 7152

Erin joined NOFA-VT’s team in 2011, overseeing NOFA-VT's direct marketing and community food security programs. She is also a part of NOFA-VT's Farm to Institution programs team. She has been working and volunteering in a variety of capacities on food systems and sustainable agriculture issues in Vermont since 2005, including building and managing community gardens and managing a farmers market. In 2011, Erin completed her master’s degree in Community Development and Applied Economics at The University of Vermont, focusing on farm-to-school programs’ effects on children’s fruit and vegetable consumption. While not at work, Erin enjoys living and working on her family's homestead; preserving, cooking and eating yummy local foods; and being crafty.

Livy Bulger

Position: Education & Engagement Manager

Email: [email protected]

Extension: 7153

Livy Bulger hails from Southern Maine and first fell in love with Vermont in 2008 when she came to UVM to study environmental studies and food systems. While at UVM, Livy discovered that good food was a central tie to all people, cultures, and lifestyles and knew it would be what would drive her life's work. Livy has seven seasons of organic vegetable farming under her belt, as well as experience starting a farm to school program and connecting low income communities with locally produced foods. Most recently, Livy lived and worked in Portland Maine with New American farmers interested in pursuing agricultural livelihoods. In her free time Livy loves canning and preserving, jumping into oceans and lakes and traveling. Livy lives in Hinesburg with her partner Nick.

Bill Cavanaugh

Position: Farm Business Advisor

Email: [email protected]

Extension: 7154

Bill recently joined the team at NOFA-VT after working in livestock and meat value-added production. His background includes working on pastured livestock farms, retail and custom butchery, and most recently, business planning assistance for Vermont food makers at the Mad River Food Hub. He is excited to join the team at NOFA and be a part of the great work being done to support farmers statewide. Bill lives in Granville with his wife and young son, and spends his time gardening, making cider, and rounding up wayward chickens.

Isabel Cochran

Position: Certification Specialist

Email: [email protected]

Isabel graduated from Smith College in 2015. After her sophomore year she interned on a farm in the NEK and discovered her passion for agriculture! She found it brought together her love for food, the natural world, and communities and went on to enjoy many great seasons farming in Vermont and New York. Isabel is excited to support awesome farmers throughout Vermont.

Nicole Dehne

Position: Certification Director

Email: [email protected]

Extension: 7155

Nicole first came to Vermont in the summer of 1995 to work at the farm at the Mountain School in Vershire. After graduating from the University of Montana in 1997, Nicole returned to the Green Mountain State to receive her teaching certificate from the post baccalaureate program at the University of Vermont. During the summers she worked at Shelburne Farms and Shelburne Orchards, combining her interests in education and agriculture. A winding road brought Nicole from teaching 3rd grade in Guatemala to placing high school students on farms with Vermont Farm Youth Core to working for the certification program at NOFA Vermont. She started working at NOFA Vermont in May 2003, and has been here ever since.

Andrew Graham

Position: Direct Markets Coordinator

Email: [email protected]

Extension: 7165

Andrew grew up in Pennsylvania attending a Waldorf school. After he finished high school, his family moved (back) to Vermont, where he studied Community & International Development at UVM. After a year with AmeriCorps VISTA doing poverty remediation work in Vermont and three years at an urban farm co-op in Portland, Oregon, Andrew attended Antioch University New England where he earned a degree in Environmental Education focused on the food system and climate change. Most recently, Andrew spent three years as the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), where he managed the incredible volunteer community that helps put on the Common Ground Country Fair. Andrew loves to cook and do all things related to food, including growing and processing it. He believes that we each need to be an ally to people who are suffering or marginalized. His values include localism, thriftiness, and sharing resources. He currently lives in Brattleboro.

Bay Hammond

Position: Material Review Specialist & Staff Inspector

Email: [email protected]

Extension: 7156

Bay joined the NOFA team in July of 2019 after a 25 year stint of owning and managing Doolittle Farm and a 6 year stint managing Green Mountain College Campus Farm. She grew up on a family farm, studied Nutrition at Broward College and Holistic Health at Johnson State College. Bay is the Material Review Specialist and Staff Inspector in the VOF office and is excited to be part of the NOFA-VT team. In her spare time she enjoys her garden, helping her kids with their farm ventures and entertaining her 5 grandchildren.

Christine Hill

Position: Marketing & Communications Director

Email: [email protected]

Christine is a natural communicator and storyteller about the things she's passionate about, which are the people, movements, and organizations changing the world. She's thrilled to work in service to the farm and food workers who sustain her and her community! Christine has extensive experience working with community-based non-profit organizations in Vermont and using design, digital media, and traditional media to engage and delight their audiences. She lives in Burlington with her partner, their cat, and her many bicycles. On summer weekends you'll likely find them on the road in their '87 Westfalia headed to one of their favorite campsites.

Maddie Kempner

Position: Policy Director

Email: [email protected]

Extension: 7157

A native Vermonter, Maddie lived out West for several years before returning to her home state in 2013 and joining the wonderful team here at NOFA-VT. She has worked in various capacities in outdoor education, agriculture, and food policy in Utah, Colorado, and here in Vermont. In 2014, Maddie worked with the VT Right to Know GMOs Coalition to help pass Vermont’s GMO labeling law. She is passionate about advocating for positive food and farm policy change and thrilled to be doing so here at NOFA-VT. Maddie has a BS in Environmental Studies from UVM and a Master of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. She lives in Cambridge with her husband, son and two dogs.

Jen Miller

Position: Farmer Services Director

Email: [email protected]

Extension: 7159

After a couple seasons farming in California and Massachusetts, Jen came to Vermont in 2007 and spent the next five years working on and managing farms in the Intervale, growing diversified vegetables, pigs, and broiler chickens. Jen also spent time at the Intervale Food Hub, coordinating the subscription program and managing membership. In 2014, Jen completed her masters’ degree in Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont with a focus on USDA conservation programs and agricultural best management practices. After a few years providing business planning and educational services to beginning farmers in southern Vermont (an area which she now loves), Jen joined the NOFA team, excited to work statewide with farmers of all experience levels.

Emmet Moseley

Position: Community Food Access Coordinator

Email: [email protected]

Extension: 7162

Emmet Moseley hails from the NEK where his family raises grass-fed beef. He attended Reed College, and after stints in British Columbia, Oregon, France and China, he returned to Vermont to support a just food system. He has served in the local food movement doing food access work for close to a decade. Emmet worked with the Vermont Food Bank as a Gleaner, Food Educator and Three Squares Advocate. From 2015-2020 he managed the Good Food Truck program at Feeding Chittenden. He lives on a windy slope of Mt Abraham with his wife and daughter and spends his free time doing homesteady things and cooking elaborate dinners.

Laura Nunziata

Position: Quality Assurance Specialist

Email: [email protected]

Extension: 7163

Laura has worked for NOFA-VT's organic certification program since May of 2010, taking a brief hiatus during 2016. She started here as the Certification Program Assistant, worked for 4 years as the Processing Certification Specialist, and is now the Quality Assurance Specialist. In 2001, she earned her degree in Landscape Development and Ornamental Horticulture from Vermont Technical College. She lives in Williston where she loves to focus her energy on raising a family and studying traditional nutrition and wellness.

Grace Oedel

Position: Executive Director

Email: [email protected]

Extension: 7164

Grace is passionate about making change through community building. She most recently served as Executive Director at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue + Community Center in Burlington, where she founded an early educational center and developed the community's focus on social justice organizing and community impact. Before coming to VT from Massachusetts, she founded and directed Dig In Farm, an educational working farm and training center for aspiring young women farmers, focused on the intersection of social and environmental justice. She previously worked on the education team of Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) planning professional and educational opportunities for Maine's organic farmers. Early in her career Grace served as program director of a new Farm-to-Table program at the Woolman Semester School in Nevada City, CA, worked on an organic commercial vegetable farm, and as a student managed the Yale University student farm. She lives in Burlington, VT with her husband and two children.

Helen Rortvedt

Position: Farm to School Program Director

Email: [email protected]

Extension: 7166

Helen brings an extensive professional background in food systems and experiential education. As Executive Director of KidsGardening, she worked to advance the school and youth gardening movement across the country. She was part of the founding team at Food Connects in Brattleboro, where she helped to establish and grow Farm to School programs with school nutrition programs and local purchasing. In addition, she has worked as both a classroom teacher (in Honduras and Vermont) and a field-based educator (in Virginia, Bolivia, and Peru). She also served as an environmental education Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia. Helen is a graduate of St. Olaf College and holds an M.A. in Sustainable Development from SIT Graduate Institute.

Winston Rost

Position: Certification Specialist

Email: [email protected]

Extension: 7167

Winston worked at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters / Keurig for 24 years, starting out as a part-time barista in the Factory Outlet in Waterbury, Vt and ending as the Farmer Relations Manager, working with coffee farmers all over the world. He has a BA in French from Davidson College and ended up living two years in France - one as a student and one as a high school teacher. With his wife and two young kids, they have a small farm in Duxbury with a sprawling garden, sheep, apple trees, and blueberries.

Brian Shevrin

Position: Certification Specialist

Email: [email protected]

Extension: 7168

Brian graduated from Green Mountain College in 2014 with a B.A. in Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems. In the years before, during, and after his studies Brian worked on a variety of vegetable, livestock, maple, and processing operations in Massachusetts and Vermont, with a focus on organic vegetable farming. Brian spends his time outside of the office biking, kayaking, cooking, and petting his very good dog.

Alice Smolinsky

Position: VOF Office & Database Manager

Email: [email protected]

Extension: 7173

Alice graduated from Green Mountain College with a BA in environmental studies focusing on environmental education. She worked as staff at summer camps in northern Vermont during and after college. She spent time at Vermont Soap doing various jobs and projects, including submitting their organic certification application. Alice is on the organizing board for two Contra Dances in northern Vermont, and is learning how to teach and call dances.

Gregg Stevens

Position: Certification Specialist

Email: [email protected]

Extension: 7175

Gregg earned a BS in Biology from the University of New Hampshire and earned his teaching certificate after completion of a post baccalaureate program at Rhode Island College. He taught high school science in Rhode Island for eight years before moving to Vermont in 2003. Gregg completed an apprenticeship program at Cedar Circle Farm in East Thetford, and most recently was the farm manager at Merck Forest and Farmland Center in Rupert, VT.

Kayla Strom

Position: Farm to School & Development Coordinator

Email: [email protected]

Extension: 7176

Sustainable agriculture and food access have been the main threads weaving together Kayla’s education, work, and way of life for the past 8 years. After graduating from the University of Vermont with a degree in Community and International Development, Kayla went on to manage school food and farm programs in Hawaii for three years where she helped to break down barriers to accessing nutritious and affordable food by providing families with resources such as federal funding for school meals, education supporting gardening, and institutional collaboration with local growers. Kayla is excited to be back in Vermont continuing her passion for community food systems as NOFA-VT’s new Office Manager. When she’s not at our Richmond office, you can find her playing in the woods with her dog Indy, sipping tea with friends, or diving into another new craft project.

Becca Weiss

Position: Office Assistant & Share the Harvest Coordinator

Email: [email protected]

Extension: 7178

Becca has been at NOFA Vermont since 2002 and has helped out with with the Farm Share Program, membership, the Apprentice Directory, the annual Winter Conference, in the certification office, and with the Food Education Every Day (VT FEED) program. Becca has an MFA in studio art and has worked in both her own studio and in environmental education since 1990. She has three grown children and a wonderful husband who share her love for gardening and nature.