Farmer at Underwood and Farm @ South Village
Michael Bisogno: Production Farmer at Underwood and South Village Hay Groves, email@example.com
Michael is the newest member of the Common Roots farmer group. His work at Common Roots reunites him with Greg and Forest as all three were friends at the University of Vermont. Michael graduated from UVM with majors in Environmental Studies and Community International Development. After graduation, Michael embarked on a tour of European countries sponsored by WWOOF, Willing Workers on Organic Farms, a network founded in 1971 that facilitates the placement of volunteers on organic farms in more than 100 countries. Upon returning to Vermont, he furthered his experience working with several local growers and collaborating with a partner on a two-acre farm of their own. He appreciates the many challenging dimensions of agriculture and especially enjoys working with young children.
Farmer at Farm @ South Village
Forest Donaj-Keys, Growing Gardens Farm Educator,firstname.lastname@example.org
Forest Donaj-Keys has been passionately exploring the relationships between food, people, and the land for many years. From his experiences owning and operating a small organic vegetable and medicine farm in South Burlington, to graduating from The University of Vermont with a degree in Ecology and Environmental Studies, to initiating a community-based agriculture program in a Haitian village in the Dominican Republic, Forest has come to deeply understand the importance of self-empowered food systems in maintaining the overall health of people, culture, and the environment. He believes that children are the foundation of a healthy and vital future and, as the Growing Gardens Educator, feels honored to have the opportunity to facilitate and inspire children’s own connections to food and the land.
Greg Soll, Farm Consultant email@example.com
Greg Soll found his interest in Agriculture while attending The University of Vermont. His understanding of Ecological Farming as a practical way to improve our environment and our communities led Greg to switch his major to focus on Ecological Agriculture and eventually to run his own farm. In 2009, while taking an Environmental Education course, Greg was introduced to Carol McQuillen. Shortly afterwards, Greg became involved in Common Roots brainstorming ways to integrate farming and farming education into the South Burlington schools. Greg successfully ran Sol Fresh Farm from 2010 to 2014, continues to work closely with Common Roots, teaches Farm Design and Greenhouse Design at Yestermorrow Design Build School, and does farm consulting.
Farm to School Educator
Farm to School Coordinator
Jennifer Sutton firstname.lastname@example.org
Meg Davidow: Farm to School Educator, email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Director for Early Education Summer Camp Programs
Laurie Shelton; email@example.com
Tara Baroody firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.
Website, Salesforce, Fundraising and Strategy
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.