Vera Simon-Nobes, Coordinator
Vera coordinates the FBEN and works with a team of Shelburne Farms education staff to plan agricultural education professional development. She also teaches in the "Adventures" preschool program and summer camps at Shelburne Farms.
Vera grew up in Vermont, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont. From 2009 - 2011 she lived in San Francisco and deepened her interest in food sysems as an AmeriCorps service member for the Cooking Matters Bay Area program and as a volunteer with La Cocina, a community kitchen that supports low-income food entrepreneurs.
Upon returning to Vermont in 2011, she co-organized NOFA-VT’s Winter Conference and the 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, and helped manage the NOFA-VT Farm Share Program. Vera is passionate about community, experiential learning, kids, and food access. When she's not at Shelburne Farms, she manages marketing, events and education at Philo Ridge Farm, and sews leather goods for her business, Rhubarb Leather.
Rachel Cadwallader-Staub, Education Specialist
Rachel is the Education Specialist for the FBEN based in Boulder, Colorado. Rachel joined the FBEN in January 2016 after four years as the Children's Farmyard Manager at Shelburne Farms. As Education Specialist, she coordinates and facilitates professional development workshops in the Western region and at Shelburne Farms, and supports the work of the Network through various projects like coaching and consultation.
Rachel grew up in Vermont and spent her formative years as a 4-Her at Shelburne Farms, learning to love the sights, smells, and community of the Farm. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont, and put the degree into practice as the Children's Farmyard Manager, responsible for all educational program animals at Shelburne Farms, and the public farm-based education program.
Beyond Shelburne Farms, Rachel has a passion for exploring this beautiful world and has studied and worked abroad in Namibia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Brazil. She loves all things furry, feathered, slimy, four-legged, etc. and above all else, finds endless joy in connecting with kids of all ages in nature's humongous classroom from farm to forest to lake to backyard.
Brooke Redmond, Consultant
, (617) 306-0090
Brooke is the founder and Principal Consultant at Radish Road. Established in 2004, Radish Road specializes in fundraising, communications, marketing, and program development in the areas of food and agriculture. In 2006, Brooke co-founded the Farm-Based Education Network (FBEN) and was the Founding Executive Director for seven years before transitioning to her current fundraising and communications role.
In 2004, Brooke wrote a thesis, A Return to the Farm: Educational Theory and Program Development in Alternative Learning Environments, as part of her graduate school work focusing on educational program development. Before perusing her graduate degree, Brooke worked at ABC News in New York City as an Associtione Producer in the breaking news and documentary divisions.
Brooke’s volunteer roles include her work as a member of the Trustees Agriculture Committee, the Concord Food Collaborative, and the Fenn School's Board of Visitors.
Brooke graduated from Skidmore College in 1994 with a B.A. in English. Brooke lives in Concord, MA with her husband Patrick and their two young boys.
Sue Dixon, Special Gifts Manager
, (802) 985-0322
Sue has been part of the Shelburne Farms development team since 1998. She is responsible for special giving, planned gifts and legacy support at Shelburne Farms. In her role she supports the Farm-Based Education Network's development work. Sue lives in Shelburne with her husband Dave Jonah, and their two children, Will and Kim. Prior to working at the Farm, Sue was membership coordinator at the Vermont Land Trust. She is passionate about education, land conversation and environmental sustainability in Vermont and around the globe. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professional and serves on the board of All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne. Sue enjoys gardening, cooking, writing and travel. Sue graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Education in 1982.