Welcome ABCs Participants!
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Meet the Participants
Meet the Instructors
Susie and Vera will be with you for the full three days. You'll also meet several other Shelburne Farms staff.
Agricultural Education Coordinator
Susie’s work at the Farm brings together her passions for teaching, agriculture, and the environment. She works with the Farm-Based Education Network to offer professional development workshops for farmers and educators that convey the importance of connecting learners of all ages to their food and fiber systems. She develops and teaches family programsand special events, and oversees the Farm’s largest public program: the Children’s Farmyard. As a young person, she worked with and showed cows through 4-H, and today she coordinates the Shelburne Explorers 4-H club, which serves youth ages 8-18 who lease Brown Swiss calves from the Shelburne Farms herd. Susie graduated from UVM with a degree in Elementary Education and Environmental Studies. She lives in Charlotte with her family and enjoys being outdoors exploring, gardening and taking photos of anything amazing!
Coordinator, Farm-Based Education Network/Vermont Farms Agritourism Project
Vera coordinates program development and communications for the Farm-Based Education Network, a free member network established to strengthen and support the work of educators, farmers, and community leaders providing access and educational experiences on working farms. She joined the Shelburne Farms staff in 2012, and works with a team to plan agricultural education professional development on and off the farm. Vera assists with family programs, the Adventures preschool program, summer camps, and keeps tabs on exciting developments in Vermont’s agritourism community. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Environmental Studies. After a brief stint in San Francisco after college, Vera returned to Vermont where she raised livestock and organized educational programming on a diverse farm in Charlotte. She is currently taking classes through the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, focusing on "humane education" which fosters compassion, healthy choices, social-emotional growth, critical thinking skills in young children. When she's not at Shelburne Farms, she's gardening, sewing for her business Rhubarb Leather, and spending time with her two-year-old nephew..
Vice President and Program Director
Megan has worked at Shelburne Farms for 30 years and has been the Vice President and Program Director since 1989, responsible for organizational development and the leadership of education programming. Since arriving at the Farm as a student intern, she has been an energetic, creative force in the evolution of the farm’s education programs, and has taken those programs into partnerships around the world. She is a recognized expert in the subjects of sustainable communities, environmental and agricultural education, and the importance of local food systems. Megan has served as a consultant/partner for the Institute for Sustainable Communities, working with national and international sustainability projects. Among other affiliations, Megan is an affiliate representative to the North American Association of Environmental Education, a partner of theU.S. National Park Service’s Conservation Study Institute, a member of the IUCN (The World Conservation Union) Commission on Education and Communication, The Vermont Sustainable Agriculture Council, and an advisory board member of the University of Vermont College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, and the National Forum of Children and Nature. Megan is currently on the board of directors of the Vermont Fresh Network, the Castanea Foundation and the Vermont Natural Resources Council. In 2013, Megan was honored with a Doctor of Letters Degree from Middlebury College for her achievements in advancing education for sustainability in Vermont and around the world.
School Programs Coordinator
Courtney joined the Education Team at Shelburne Farms as School Programs Coordinator in January 2016. A total dream job! She works with educators to coordinate school programs at the Farm and outreach experiences that enhance and support student work in the classroom. Courtney has a passion for learning that happens outside the walls of school and has a background in public, private, charter, urban, rural, outdoor and environmental education. Within these settings, she’s held different positions that have given her an insightful and unique perspective on teaching and learning. Having spent the last ten years in urban education, Courtney is excited to reconnect to the land by exploring life on the Farm with kids, educators, and families through the school programs, summer camps, and professional learning opportunities.
Early Childhood Program Coordinator
Jed coordinates the preschool Adventures program that runs in the fall, winter, and spring. Throughout the academic year, he also regularly teaches school programs; in the summer, he roams the farm with groups of campers. Jed comes to the farm with years of experience as an early education teacher as well as a program director of an early education school. He received his undergraduate degree in child development and graduate degree in early childhood special education. Jed is a life-long Vermonter who grew up on a dairy farm and he especially enjoys running into families that he has crossed paths with throughout his life. Jed loves the seasonal changes at the farm, the variety of experiences that each week brings, and sharing it all with his wife and two young sons, who love the farm more and more with each visit or story they hear.
George is a farm-based educator who is excited to be involved in all areas of educational programming at Shelburne Farms, be it the Children’s Farmyard or with school and family programs. He grew up on a dairy farm in New Hampshire and loves sharing and learning about the past, present, and future of agriculture, as well as the connections and responsibilities we share in how our food is produced and consumed.
Children's Farmyard Manager
As Children’s Farmyard Manager, Noel is excited to educate people of all ages about sustainable agriculture. She is especially interested in educating people about where the food they eat comes from, and in the humane treatment of animals.
Family Program Coordinator & Farm-Based Educator
Cat is responsible for a variety of jobs around the Farm. She schedules school visits to the Children's Farmyard; coordinates both the Farmyard Youth Work and Learn Program and special events such as Maple Open House and Leaping Lambs; helps develop, teach, and lead family programs, school field trips, and our preschoolAdventures program; supervises seasonal Farmyard educators; and provides care and love to our Farmyard animals.
Dairy Farm Manager
As Dairy Farm Manager, Sam oversees all operations at the dairy. He also manages the Farm’s sheep flock and forage production.
Alec was the General Manager of Shelburne Farms before being elected President in 1988. He helped plan and coordinate the development of Shelburne Farms as a non-profit organization and has been active in local land use planning, agriculture and environmental education projects for many years. In 2006, Alec was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Middlebury College. Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin honored Webb in 1990 for his extraordinary contributions to Vermont, and he received the Vermont Land Trust's Richard W. Carbin Community Conservation Award in 1998.
For questions about registration and lodging: Kelly Foster
(802) 983 0301
For questions about the agenda: Vera Simon-Nobes
(802) 985 0382