Forest Donaj-Keys, Growing Gardens Farm Educator,firstname.lastname@example.org
Forest will be managing all operations of the Common Roots Farm at South Village for the 2018 season. He has nearly 15 years of farming experience, and has been a part of the Common Roots team for what will be his 4th season. He is driven by his passion to make change, and works to create more dynamic and resilient systems of health, education and food security. He is most grateful for his vocation and carries with him a deep reverence for the Earth and all its majesty and mystery. Forest lives in Burlington with his partner, 2 young children and cat.
Farm to School Education
Farm to School Coordinator
Jennifer Sutton email@example.com
Meg Davidow: Farm to School Educator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Meg Davidow is an enthusiastic, energetic educator with a deep passion for empowering children to make healthy choices. Meg is a recent graduate from the University of Vermont, where she studied Environmental Studies with a concentration in Health and Food Systems. She is an advocate for using food as medicine in many thanks to an internship with Vermont herbalist, Lisa Masé, and from a childhood of growing up exploring the healing power of plants in her mother’s garden. Meg lived and studied in Italy in 2016, where she was part of the Umbra Institute’s Sustainable Food Systems Program, and is also a graduate of Kripalu School of Yoga, where she obtained a 200-hour yoga teacher certification in 2015. She strives to weave mindfulness, creativity, and gratitude into every lesson.
Farm to Go Educator
Amy Sutton email@example.com
Director for Early Education Summer Camp Programs
Laurie Shelton; firstname.lastname@example.org
Tara Baroody email@example.com
Tara is a certified holistic health counselor, nutritional consultant, food educator and private chef specializing in raw foods, vegan, vegetarian and allergy-free cooking. Her dream is to share her passion for good, simple, healthy foods and change people’s relationship with food forever. S he guides nutrition clients to have conscious awareness of food and gently create their own diets. Through teaching healthy cooking, Tara found her love for creative cooking, using simple, nutritious, colorful combinations that explode with flavor. In addition to being a counselor and educator, she has evolved into a raw foods chef. Tara has spent decades studying numerous diets. She has also studied naturopathy, homeopathy, EFT, meditation, yoga, AIM, intuitive healing and is also an accomplished athlete. She has earned All-American honors in both college swimming and triathlon, where she was also a member of the US Team several times. She attended Villanova University and completed a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy and began an M.S. in Exercise Physiology. She is also the mother of 3 grown children and presently lives in VT.
Birthday Parties on the Land
Anna Couture firstname.lastname@example.org
Living in Connecticut during high school and college Anna helped run the family business Riverview Farms. Riverview farms grows broadleaf tobacco and puts on a Fall Festival every September and October. This time of year was all about, pressing non-pasteurized apple cider, growing pumpkins, sunflowers, gourds, tending to the apple orchards, taking care of farm animals, and Hosting fall themed Birthday parties. After graduating College with an Undergraduate degree in Biology and Environmental Studies, she went to study Yoga. Her love of Yoga brought her to become certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in order to teach yoga for Children at a CBT center. Her love of food, fermentation, and a job opportunity brought her to Vermont to work as a Cider Maker doing Research/Development and Quality Assurance. While cider making was very interesting her heart lies with land, food, and early childhood development. She most recently was a camp counselor for the all-girls land Based Camp Connect! She currently teaches Yoga, nannies, studies herbalism, and works as a Doula.
JoAnne Dennee email@example.com
JoAnne Dennee has been an early childhood educator for 42 years who finds great joy in integrating the themes of farm, food, and forest education. She was Director and Head Teacher at the SUNY New Paltz Children’s Center where was growing food organically in community gardens for 9 years before moving to VT. She founded the Tommy Thompson Burlington Intervale Community Garden in 1970, taught at Poker Hill School and Lake Champlain Waldorf for the next 35 years. She also worked for Food Works and authored three books, most notably In the Three Sisters Garden. She currently creates Edible Mandalas and Luminous Botanicals from her gardens. She mentors Waldorf teachers, is a faculty member at Sophia’s Hearth, NH where she teaches Biodynamic Gardening with Children.
Website, Salesforce, Fundraising and Strategy Consultant
Rob Fish firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob Fish is a mission-driven nonprofit specialist with expertise in outreach, technical assistance, communication, and project management. He holds a Master of Public Administration from UVM, has experience building a sustainable agriculture organization in Maine, and has worked extensively on energy, agriculture, technology and other community development issues in Vermont. Rob is assisting the organization and the founder with board development, implementing administrative and constituent management systems, fundraising, strategy and website development, among other projects.
Deb Parente email@example.com
Volunteer HR Consultant
Ross Schoembs firstname.lastname@example.org
Retired Human Resources professional with a background in; organizational development, talent acquisition, training and development, employee relations, compensation, and benefits.