Katie Rose Leonard, Farmer/Farmstand Communication –email@example.com
Originally from PA, Katie Rose is entering her 2nd year as a Vermont resident, living with her partner, Bryan (an SB native), just over the town line in Shelburne. After graduating from Bucknell University in 2012, Katie Rose entered the nonprofit sector, working for an environmental advocacy group on the East End of Long Island. Katie Rose was often at odds with the farming community in this role, but being a lover of organic food she made a change in 2015 to pursue her interests in sustainable agriculture and entered the apprenticeship program at Amber Waves Farm in Amagansett, NY. By July of her first season, she knew she had found her passion. In 2018, she served as the Field Manager for New Leaf Organics in Bristol, VT and is thrilled to be joining the Common Roots team in 2019. Passionate about growing food for her new community, Katie Rose is looking forward to furthering Common Roots’ mission and improving access to diverse local food through the farmstand and other outlets.
Fae Blackmere, Farmer/Value-Added Product Development
Fae was born and raised in the heart of Vermont, growing up with agricultural influences from her family’s farm and local community. Fae received her Bachelor’s in Visual Art from Bennington College with a focus in Ceramic Sculpture all the while holding vegetable farming jobs during the summer months and throughout the school year. Two days after her college graduation she returned to farming and has been ever since. Fae will marry two of her interests, cooking and agriculture by managing the production of value added products for the farm stand at South Village. When she is not farming Fae spends time looking for cookbooks to add to her collection, riding her bike, sailing, working on fermentation projects and chipping away at a massive project of knitting a quilt! Fae is passionate about food access and is looking forward to fostering the relationship between food and community through her work as one of two Lead Farmers at Common Roots Farm at South Village.
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.
Amy Sutton, Farm to Go Educatorame1152000@yahoo.com
Carol McQuillen, Director of Summer Camp Programs, email@example.com
JoAnne Dennee, Gatherings on the Land Educator, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Jennifer Sutton, Internship Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob Fish, Website, Salesforce, Fundraising and Strategy Consultant
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.
Volunteer HR Consultant
Ross Schoembs email@example.com
Retired Human Resources professional with a background in; organizational development, talent acquisition, training and development, employee relations, compensation, and benefits.