Working Landscape Individual Partners
This is a great initiative -- exactly what Vermont is all about!
Caroline Abels , Local Banquet
Bob Ackland , Managing Director , Steep Management
John Adams , Vermont Planners Association
Jan Albers , Executive Director , Henry Sheldon Museum
Keep up the great work!
David Allen , Mansfield Forest Products
Joan Allen , Assoc. Director of Land Protection , The Nature Conservancy
Caroline Alves , GIS Specialist / Soil Scientist , USDA Natural Resources Council
Sam Andersen , Executive Vice President , Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation (CVEDC)
Sigurd Andersen , owner , Solbakken Technology Partners
Ginger Anderson , Chief of Forect Resource , VT Dept of Forests, Parks, & Recreation
Samara Anderson , Attorney
I am a farm girl from Minnesota who gradulated from Vermont Law School in 2003 with a focus on environmental law and after practicing law in NY for 9 years, I feel pulled back to Vermont to work on Agricultural issues. I feel this partnership is valuable to preserve the agricultural landscape!
Brandon Angrisani , Vice President , Restoration Agriculture Institute
Elise Annes , Vice President for Community Relations , The Vermont Land Trust
Peter Antos-Ketcham , Director of Stewardship/Facilities Manager , Green Mountain Club
Jill Arace , Executive Director , Vermont Association of Conservation Districts (VACD)
Charles Baker , Executive Director , Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission
Tara Bamford , Board Member , Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association and TRORC
Russ Barrett , Washington County Forester , VT FP&R
Pennie Beach , Fourth Generation host , Basin Harbor Club
Susan Beal , Organizer , Bennington Farm to Plate Council
Nancy Bell , The Conservation Fund
Will Belongia , Executive Director , VT Community Loan Fund
Lila Bennett , Tangletown Farm
Jayson Benoit , Director of Operations , NorthWoods Stewardship Center
Loli Berard , School & Community Coordinator , Franklin Central Supervisory Union
Catherine Bergmann , President , Ourtown Civic Organization, Inc.
Mary Berlejung , Groton Growers Farmers' Market
Ted Bermingham , owner-operator , Farm & Forest Productions
Paul: For over 50 years our family has been active in the Vermont working landscape --- at various times operating a horse, hay, & timber farm in Cabot, conducting land management courses for high school, college, & adult students, hosting field days & recreational activities, and running a film–video company, Farm & Forest Productions, dedicated to assisting land-based enterprises. We welcome the encouragement of the rural entrepreneur as public policy by state agencies and non-profits like VWLP, for only those entities which actually work the land will preserve the landscape we all treasure and benefit from. Such organizational support is vital to enterprises of any size and their supporting infrastructure. But many are small, family-run, isolated, and risky, often without access to conventional sales avenues, and will not qualify for many grant, loan, and co-op programs. These will survive only by increasing revenue from consumers through affordable marketing methods. We are now devoting our energies and resources to exploring new options in this area. We would like to exchange ideas and experiences with anyone who is also interested in widening the effective revenue opportunities available to these enterprises and those which support them. Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Ted Bermingham, Farm & Forest Productions, 118 Bermingham Road, Cabot, VT 05647
Tom Berry , US Senator Leahy's Office
Joss Besse , Director , VT ACCD, Community Planning and Revitalization
Bill Bevans , Vice President, Board, NorthWoods Stewardship Center
Ludy Biddle , executive director , NeighborWorks of Western Vermont
Richard Bissell , President , Richard Bissell Fine Woodworking Inc
Thomas Bivins , Executive Chef , New England Culinary Institute
Brent Bjorkman , Executive Director , Vermont Folklife Center
Dear Paul and Vermont Working Landscape Partners, As the executive Director of the Vermont Folklife Center I am happy to add our organization’s support to the Vermont Working Landscape Partnership. For over 25 years, the Vermont Folklife Center has researched, documented and interpreted Vermont’s historical, social and cultural landscape through the intimate experiences of Vermont people. Across a long roster of coordinated hands-on projects, the VFC has used, and continues to use, the tools of ethnographic inquiry and the oral interview to create a unique, substantial, and growing record of Vermont’s social and cultural journey over the past half century. Reflecting the diversity and complexity of Vermont’s communities, projects have focused on topics ranging from the culture of dairy farming to slate and marble quarrying and from the ubiquity of deer hunting to the centrality of the ski industry. Included among our many current projects is one in which we are interviewing many Vermont-based pioneers of the sustainable energy movement. We are also engaged in ongoing efforts to document the experiences and lives of maple syrup producers and members of the Vermont forest products industry. We have long been committed to documenting and presenting the stories of Vermonters and their relationships with the working landscape, and we commit to continuing to do so as we enter the second decade of the 21st century. As communities grapple with such challenges as an uncertain national economy, the loss of traditional industries and jobs, and new ideas and demands for how land and natural resources should be managed and preserved, listening to people who have spent a lifetime connected to the land becomes increasingly important to understanding ourselves. With our deep knowledge of Vermont communities gained through conducting ethnographic research, our extensive archival holdings, and our record of documentary exhibits on topics of importance to surrounding communities, the VFC is uniquely positioned to be an important resource for The Working Landscape Partnership as we confront the challenges we collectively face in better understanding the changes taking place in our communities. Sincerely Brent Björkman Executive Director Vermont Folklife Center
Betsy Black , Loan & Outreach Officer , Cooperative Fund of New England
Maria Blais Costello
All Vermonters -- young and old, new-comers and old-timers, year-round or part-time residents, blue collar, white collar, students, etc. -- need to think about why we love living in Vermont so much and what needs to happen in terms government policy, community involvement, public support, and economic development to keep Vermont and its working landscape strong and unique. VCRD's VWLP is offering all of us the opportunity to get involved in shaping the state's future to preserve the special beauty and productivity of Vermont's natural landscape.
Julia Blake , Landowner , Lilac Mountain Farm
Putnam W. Blodgett , President , Vermont Woodlands Association
Paul: I delayed leaving the green sheet as an individual because I wanted to run it by the Vermont Woodlands Association's board of directors to determine their support as an organization. The board met 12/17 and voted to support the Working Landscape Partnership as an organization. Sign me up as an individual, also.
Carl Bohlen , Community Development Specialist , VT Community Development Program
Jennifer Bone , Bone Farm
David Borthwick-Leslie , Friends of Northern Lake Champlain
Sid Bosworth , Extension Associate Professor , Dept. of Plant and Soil Science, University of Vermont
Diane Bothfeld , Deputy Secretary , VT Agency of Agriculture, Food, & Markets
Joseph Boutin , Select Board Town of Sunderland , Sticks and Stones Farm/Farmer's Market Vendor/ Master Carpentry construction
Bob Bouvier , VT Woodnet
Janet Boyd , Owner , The Boyd Family Farm
Koi Hope Boynton , Development Coordinator , VT Agency of Agriculture, Food, & Markets
John Brabant , Owner , Adamant Hills Farm, Calais, Vermont
Terence Bradshaw , Research Specialist , University of Vermont
John Bramley , President , Windham Foundation
Michael Brands , Town / Village of Woodstock
Jim Brangan , Assistant Director , Champlain Valley Natural Heritage Partnership
Pam Brangan , Senior Planner (GIS) , Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission
Daniel Breslaw , Chair of Steering Committee , First Branch Sustainability Network (Chelsea, Tunbridge, Vershire) (I expect the org. to join separately.)
From what I've just read, this group would seem to have the potential (especially if it grows, as I suspect it will) to have some real clout. It brings together a lot of like-minded but previously unaffiliated individuals and organizations who share many important values. I will follow this with interest. I will also encourage other individuals and organizations to join, especially ones I'm affiliated with.
Cynsie Broda , Marketing manager , Red Dot Communications
Emily Brodsky , Graduate Student , UVM
Catherine Brooks , Cultural Heritage Tourism Coordinator , Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing
Greg Brown , Select Board member , Town of Dummerston
Farley Brown , Faculty , Sterling College
Rebecca Brown , Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust
Aaron Brown , Vital Communities
Faith Brown , Interim Executive Director , Smart Growth Vermont
This is a critical next step to address the issues brought out by Council on the Future of Vermont. Yes!
Charlie Browne , Executive Director , The Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium
Gloria Bruce , Executive Director , Northeast Kingdom Travel & Tourism Assocation
Paul Bruhn , Executive Director , Preservation Trust of Vermont
Scott Buckingham , Principal , High Rock Consulting
Jim Buckley , Architect
Leonard Bull , Emeritus Professor and Consultant , Agricultural consulting specializing on animal production, environmental and energy issues
This is extremely important to the future of Vermont.
Matthew Burke , Bloomfield Farm
Sam Burr , Vice Chair , Monkton Agricultural and Natural Areas
Louis Bushey , Forester
Adam Buursma , Vise President , Arboreal Habitats, Ltd.
I was very excited to hear the report about this partnership through the radio / wamc. I am looking forward to seeing this grass roots effort take hold and develop to help sustain rural Vermonters.
Alan Calfee , Calfee Woodland Management LLC
Megan Camp , Shelburne Farms
Erica Campbell , Regional Food Systems , Waterbury-Duxbury Food Council
Dennis Candelora , President , Green Mountain Hardwoods, Inc.
Kathleen Carriere , Principal , TOUR WINDSOR VERMONT
I grew up planting a Victory Garden with my Grandmother during WW2. We always ate seasonally. I have always planted a garden even when I only had a small plot. When the CSA's started I joined and downsized my garden. When I "realized" that animals were being raised in an unnatural way I searched for a farm where the animals were ethetically raised...Actually I saw a farm truck on I 91. On the side of the truck was a sign that read Black Watch Farm Ethetically Raised Beef, Weathersfield VT and I followed the truck home. I am going to forward your message to Black Watch Farm.
Curt Carter , Vice President , Greater Burlington Industrail Corporation
Gertrude Carter , Hospice of Martha's Vineyard
Rachel Carter , Journalist
Here's to keeping Vermont's landscape a working one!
Jackie Cassino , Regional Planner , CVRPC
Christopher Chaisson , co-owner , Wild Branch Botanicals
Carol Chamberlin , Resilience Connection
Harry Chandler , Tree Warden , Town of Groton
Working Landscape Platform is crucial for the environmental livestyle of Vermonters
Lisa Chase , Natural Resources Specialist , University of Vermont Extension
Susan Clark , Chair , Tunbridge Planning Commission
Alison Clarkson , State Representative , Vermont Legislature
Jane Clifford , Executive Director , Green Mountain Dairy Farmers Coop
Cris Coffin , New England Director , American Farmland Trust
Hal Cohen , Executive Director , Central Vermont Community Action Council
Jennifer Colby , Pasture Outreach Coordinator , UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Tamara Colten Stevens , District Manager , Essex County Natural Resources Conservation District
Todd Comen , Professor and Chair , Johnson State College / Business and Hospitality
Coordinator CommonGood VT , CommonGood Vermont
Chip Conquest , State Representative , Legislature
Becky Cook , Owner , Cook Boze Software Solutions
Jonathan Corcoran , President , Addison County Relocalization Network (The ACORN Network)
<p>The Working Land Partnership is critically important groundwork in Vermont's search for its way to create an intergenerationally sustainable economy that grows the health of our land and our communities.</p>
Barry Costa-Pierce , Founder , Ecological Aquaculture
Paul Costello , Executive Director , Vermont Council on Rural Development
Steve Cottrell , Town Manager , Town of Windsor
Elizabeth Courtney , Executive Director , vermont natural resources council
Greg Cox , President , Vermont Farmers Food Center
Sidney Craven , Riverledge Foundation
Joanna Cummings , e-Vermont Community Coordinator , Snelling Center for Government
Joel Currier , Owner/Operator , Currier Farms/Currier Forest Products
<p>Currier Farms wishes to support Vermont's Working Landscape by continuing to produce quality maple syrup, organic beef and hay as well as sustainable forest products.</p>
Jason Czarnezki , Professor of Law , Vermont Law School
Alan Dater , Marlboro Productions
Molly Davies , owner ChandlerPondFarm, , partner ChandlerPondFarm LLC
Jed Davis , Director of Sustainability , Cabot Creamery Cooperative
Tobias Dayman , Tobias Dayman Landscape Architect LLC
Robert De Geus , Wood Utilization Forester , VT Dept of Forests, Parks, & Recreation
Casey Deane , individual/public school teacher/ potential small farm farmer
I support this plan and think it is imperative for soil and water protection, the future of Vermont as a clean and beautiful state.
Tom Debevoise , Upwey Farm
Eric Deluca , VT Agriculture Innovation Center
Sona Desai , Food Hub Manager , Intervale Center
Jeanne Desrochers , Northeastern VT Development Assoc.
Thomas Dewey , Owner , Stowe Hollow Tractor
To all those concerned, As a Vermonter and a college student aspiring to work on sustainability, VWLP is an inspiring movement towards fundamental goals. Our working relationship with the land is an integral part of our great state’s heritage and this landscape has helped shape the communities to which we belong. Losing this connection would be more than just another casualty to so called ‘progress,’ for we would stand to lose something of ourselves as well. Thank you for doing good work, and I hope to be apart of it. Emily Donaldson
David Donath , President , The Woodstock Foundation, Inc. (d/b/a Billings Farm & Museum)
Sarah Dopp , So. Burlington Land Trust
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Kate Dowling , Vermont Green at CVCAC
Vicky Drew , State Conservationist , USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Carina Driscoll , Vermont Woodworking School
Jennifer Drummond , Galusha Hill Farm
Michael Duane , Council President , Hunger Mountain Cooperative
The Hunger Mountain Coop is pleased to join the Vermont Working Landscape partnership. The Coop is over 6,000 members strong, and we sell $5 million dollars a year of local Vermont food products from our store, which represents 1/3rd of our total annual retail sales. The Coop's mission includes supporting local agriculture. We understand that a strong rural economy involves having a working landscape, and that Vermont farms have positive economic and environmental impacts when compared to other land uses. We look forward to helping the partnership acheive its goals.
Scott Duffy , Owner , ROCKLEDGE FARM WOODWORKS, LLC.
Biddle Duke , Stowe Community Action Network
Emmett Dunbar , Owner , Anjali Farm
This is the most appropriate and "in touch" work that needs to be done in order to secure Vermont's leadership in both maintaining and developing the working landscape in the United States. Our rural economic entrepreneurs have an important voice and this Partnership makes it even stronger.
Bill Dunnington , Managing Director , VEP
Vermont's Working Landscape is central to its brand, its way of life and its future. This five point plan is a clear intentional course of action.
Sarah Edwards , Legislator
Mark Ellingwood , Treasurer , Vermont Association of Snow Travelers
Peg Elmer , Vermont Law School - Land Use Clinic
William Emmons , owner , Cloudland Farm
Nancy Engels , Board President , NorthWoods Stewardship Center
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Nancy Ertle , Town Clerk
Your video was very moving. I love my State and want it to stay rural and agricultural. It is what we are now and need to stay in the future. I would like to help.
Nancy Everhart , Conservation Director , VHCB
Katherine Fanelli , Burelli Farm
Ken Farabaugh , Co-Owner , Vermont Woods Studios Furniture
Keep Vermont's working landscape vital and maintain the rural character of our state.
Peggy Farabaugh , Owner - Manager , Vermont Woods Studios Furniture
Thanks for leading the way to Vermont's clean and green future!
Jeff Farber , Community Family Media
Dana Farley , individual
John Farr , Working partner , Green Mountain Harvest LLC Start up hydroponic green house business growing year round produce
I am a strong supporter of this bill and what it can do for Vermont agriculture. We are starting up a new business in Waitsfeild growing hydrponic lettuce and herbs in a year round greenhouse using renewable energy. My partners and myself found it very difficult to find and secure funding for this business venture. Therefore, having funds available as proposed in this bill will assist start up and growth in the field of agriculture.
Chad Farrell , Principal , Encore Redevelopment
Laura Farrell , Monkton Agricultural and Natural Areas Committee, Monkton Conservation Commission
carla fenner , soil conservationist , USDA NRCS
Jamey Fidel , Vermont Natural Resources Council
Beth Ann Finlay , Project Coordinator , Northern VT RC&D (Resource Conservation & Development) Council
Kate Finley Woodruff
Monty Fischer , Center for an Agricultural Economy
Jacqueline Fischer , Executive Director , Ottauquechee Community Partnership
Ottauquechee Community Partnership supports the Vermont Working Landscape Partnership. Our interest is in increasing access to healthy local food in the public venues of schools, stores and restaurants. Our Food Council finds that one reason access is limited is because there are too few food producers in our area. We believe that the cost of land is prohibitive to young people wishing to farm. One initiative we are supporting is working with second home owners to make land available for young farmers who cannot afford to purchase their own. Keep up the good work.
Noah Fishman , Program Manager , Highfields Center for Composting
There is nothing more important than our connection to our land. This is a critical initiative to preserve Vermont tradition, culture and our relationship with the land.
Mark Fogarty , Pine Grove Farm LLC
Jackie Folsom , Washington County Farm Bureau
Peter Forbes , Center for Whole Communities
Jeff Forward , Principal , Forward Thinking Consultants, LLC
Robert Foster , Foster Brothers Farm / Vermont Natural Ag Products
Taylar Foster , Regional Planner , Lamoille County Planning Commission
Gary Fox , Managing Director , Destination Bellows Falls and Beyond, Inc.
Michael Fraysier , State Lands Director , VT Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation
Vermont's working landscape, its farms and forests, are what define this state and make it the special place that it is. A healthy and vibrant working landscape is essential for both environmental and economic reasons and is a key component of Vermont's unique cultural heritage.
Jonathan Frishtick , Owner , GIS?GPS Mapping, Norwich, Vermont
Noel Fritzinger , Fennway Farm
Heather Furman , Executive Director , Stowe Land Trust
Joseph Fusco , Vice President , Casella Waste Systems
Jamie Gage , General Manager , Vermont Information Consortium/Vermont.gov
Joseph Gainza , Vermont Action for Peace
To Whom it May Concern: This is a terrific initiative. Thank you!
Diane Gayer , Community Architect , Vermont Design Institute
Grace Gershuny , Consultant, Organic & Sustainable Agriculture , GAIA Services
I have been advocating and educating for these ideas since 1975.
Mike Ghia , Vermont Field Staff , Land For Good
Margaret Gibson McCoy , Operations and Communications Manager
Jock Gill , Principal , PhotoPyroWorks
I look forward to contributing to the development of a healthy, dynamic and vibrant synergy of agriculture, environment, food, art, business and community.
Elsie Gilmore , Manager , Southview Arts
We live and work in rural Vermont and value opportunities for great connectivity and support.
Meghan Giroux , Owner , Vermont Edible Landscapes
Jack Glade , Executive Director , The Tutorial Center, Inc.
Dustin Glasscoe , Owner/Founder , Vermont Farm Table
Elizabeth Golden-Pidgeon , Environmental Consultant , Independent Environmental Consultant
Matthew Gordon , Executive Director , Vermont Maple Sugar Makers' Association
Instead of electricity generation as a focus of biomass development in this state, I would like to steer that focus toward the development of a biochar industry(with electricity as a by-product). Biochar is the crest of the wave of a new model of agriculture, which promises the reduction of phosphorus based fertilizer by as much as 40%. Not only is this critical with regard to the failed effort to substantively reduce phosphorus runoff into Lake Champlain, it is also the basis of a larger strategy, because of biochar's long term stability in soil, of carbon sequestration while also decreasing soil emissions of nitrous oxide and methane, both major greenhouse gases and air pollutants. Vermont is way behind the curve in this area, I'm not sure why(the International Biochar Initiative is based in Vermont, there are ongoing trials at UVM). We should be turning our forest waste into BIOCHAR. Wake up here! This should be happening right now!
Mary Ann Goulette , Town Manager , Town of West Rutland
Chris Graff , Vice President , National Life Group
Ben Graham , Natural Design/Build
I think that there are new and emerging farm/forest products for the green building industry that have not been identified in what I have read that should be explored.
Rosanne Greco , South Burlington City Councilor
Peter Gregory , Executive Director , Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission
Peter Gregory , Chair of Executive Directors , Vermont Association of Planning and Development Agencies
David Groenewold , Chef Instructor , River Valley Technical Center
I wish to set up regional processing kitchens to take advantage of bumper harvests.
Jeff Guevin , law student , Vermont Law School, Two-Rivers Ottauquechee RPC, VPA, NNECAPA
Danny Hale , Executive Director , VT ATV Sportsman's Association
Paul Hannan , Butterfield Beef & Berry
Thomas Hark , Founding President , Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, Inc.
I believe this platform, the goals of of the partnership are absolutely critical for Vermont. Charge!
John Harkins , Galusha Hill Farm
Edmund Harris , Sustainability Coordinator , FairEarth Farm & Forest
Helen Head , Rep. , Vermont House of Representatives
David J Healy
Debra Heleba , University of Vermont Extension
Jim Henderson , GIS/Natural Resource Senior Planner , Bennington County Regional Commission
Darren Higgins , Chairman , Waterbury Planning Commission
Susan Hindinger , Executive Director , Riverledge Foundation
Minner Hobbs , South Hero Land Trust
Hilary Hoffman , Social Enterprise , Bien Fait Specialty Cakes of Vermont GSF L3C
Hilary Hoffman , President , The Vermont Hay Company
Susan Houston , chair , Northern Rivers Land Trust
Bradford Howe , Principal, Howe Technical Marketing Services
In my opinion, the long term economic stability of Vermont is heavily dependent on a healthy and continuing working landscape.
Peter Hudkins , Owner , Smokeshire Hill Top Farm
Smokeshire Hill Top Farm is a diversified hard scramble hill farm in Chester. The farm raises blueberries, Raspberries and sheep. It is off grid and powered by the sun, wind and horses. I am a simple wood cutter and the Smokeshire Valley is my home. But I could use all the help I can get.
Mark Hudson , Vermont Historical Society
Chuck Huizenga , Safety & Training Manager , Autumn Harp
It is good to see a community based effort come out to support our declining agricultural lands. I made a decision to leave the family farm at the age of 30 and now 27 years later our family is in danger of sacrificing our lands to development because of dairy's decline. Our family would very much like to keep the land open for future generations but you need to make a profit to do so. I am not sure it can be done but at least this might give us a chance!
Sally Hull , President , Vermont Community Development Association
Harry Hunt , Harry Hunt Architects
robert Hyams , Chair , Charlotte Conservation Commission
The working landscape is Vermont's greatest economic asset. It addition to creating jobs, it is the main draw for tourists and for entrepreneurs who place a premium on quality of life issues.
Jessica Hyman , Executive Director , Friends of Burlington Gardens
Marty Illick , Executive Director , Lewis Creek Association
Faith Ingulsrud , Planning Coordinator , Vermont Department of Economic Housing and Community Development
Nancy Wayne Jaffe
Yumiko Jakobcic , Executive Director , Winooski Valley Park District
Liezel Jane Jandayan
Josh Jerome , Loan Administrator , Community Capital of Vermont
I support the mission of this partnership as it targets, what I believe, as the most important economic and ecological systems in our society that MUST adopt 21st century guiding principles. It all comes down to changing these systems that have evoloved around the availability of cheap oil. No longer is this the case. Vermont, as the action plan stated, must develop policies to be in the position to be New England's milk bowl and breadbasket. As a graduate student who has chosen to focus on investing in Vermont's agricultural economy and someone who works at a CDFI, it is important to develop tools for Vermont citizens to invest in agricultural enterprises. I do not support raising the sales tax to help raise the $15mml for enterprise development. That is the easiest way to raise capital to fund such an initiative. However, as noted in several reports, wealthy out of state citizens who build their estates here have been a significant factor in the escalating values of farm lands. It is my contention, and I believe that of many "true Vermonter's", that non-resident tax rates need to be adjusted dramatically. Thank you. Josh Jerome Montpelier, VT
Bill Jewell , President, Zoning Administrator , WM JEWELL and COMPANY, Environmental Consultants and Town of Westminster
Scott Johnstone , Executive Director , Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
Nancy Jones , Bradford Conservation Commission
Jeff Jones , Managing Partner, Vermont Hydroponic Produce, LLC , Vermont Hydroponic Produce, LLC
Dawn Jones-Low , Ms , Faerie Court Farm Arabian Sport Horses
Dawn Jones-Low , Ms
Joe Juhasz , Deputy State Auditor
Steve Justis , Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association
Ellen Kahler , Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
Lee Kahrs , News Editor , The Reporter, Brandon, VT
David Kanal , President , Deer Brook Inn
<p>Deer Brook Inn (Woodstock, VT) supports the outstanding efforts of The Vermont Working Landscape Partnership as a key element in the state's future.</p>
Margaret (Peggy) Kannenstine
Allen Karnatz , Champlain Valley Regional Director , Vermont Land Trust
Dorigen Keeney , Program Director , Hunger Free Vermont
Bill Keeton , Associate Professor of Forestry; Chair of Forestry Program , UVM Forestry Program, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
Andrew Kehler , Managing Member , Cellars at Jasper Hill
Dick Kelley , Waits River Valley School
Tara Kelly , Rutland Area Farm and Food Link
Lee Kemsley , freelance writer/editor
We have lived in Milton on 10 acres for the past 18 years and we love Vermont. I am a former Conservation Commissioner and a freelance writer. We (my husband, Michael and I, are strong supporters of trying keep Vermont and the way of life here vital. If the VWLP can do that we'll help in any way we can.
Thomas Kennedy , Executive Director , Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission
Justin Kenney , Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District
Liz Kenton , Youth Agriculture Project coordinator , UVM Extension 4-H
Jill Kiedaisch , Senior Communications Associate , Orton Family Foundation
Joseph Kiefer , Director of Education , Food Works at Two Rivers Center
Nova Kim , President , Wild Food Gatherers' Guild
The wild food gatherers’ community of Vermont sustains food traditions as old as human habitation of the Green Mountain State. Fiddleheads and wild leeks have livened up spring diets since well before the first Europeans settlers arrived. Today, Vermont wild food gatherers supply their families, friends, village markets, and chef-owned restaurants with a approximately 150 different wild edible plants ranging from greens, roots, nuts, berries and, last but not least, wild mushrooms. Often these are foods and tastes that have disappeared from the mainstream diet. Vermont wild food gatherers keep them alive in their communities and introduce new folks to them through their work with local chefs and CSAs. This is food biodiversity at its most fundamental, making sure that our original foods are recognized and honored. These are foods that cannot be hurried and cannot be produced on demand. They come when Mother Nature offers them and we must enjoy them in their season.
Michael Kirk , Graduate Student , University of Vermont
Amy Kirschner , Vermont Sustainable Exchange
Warren Kitzmiller , State Representative , Vermont Legislature
Kathleen Krevetski , Rutland, Vermont
Lee Krohn , Chair , Manchester Community Land Trust
Jay Lackey , Owner/Operator; Eagle Ledge Forestry LLC
Leo Laferriere , Society of American Foresters
Stephanie Lahar , Owner , Stephanie Lahar and Associates LLC
Kathleen LaLiberte , Principal , Johnnie Brook Creative
David Lane , Loan Officer , Vemont Economic Develeopment Authority / Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation
Douglas Lantagne , Dean and Direcetor , University of Vermont Extension
The working landscape is critical to the future of Vermont and UVM Extension has been working for nearly 100 years in this realm. We believe this latest effort is an excellent opportunity to collaborate with others to support the people of this state in maintaining a working landscape for our future.
Mark Lapping , Director and University Distguished Professor of Planning & Public Policy , University of Southern Maine
In a 1982 essay for the volume "New Engand Futures" I coined the phrase "working landscapes." I was writing about what made Vermont distinctive. It was a working landscape that still survives and nurtures the land, the people and the community that is Vermont. Long may it remain so!
I admire and honor everything you are doing, Paul.. Keep up the goodwork! Sydney Lea
Jackie LeBlanc , Project Assistant , Yellow Wood Associates
Wendy Leffel , Board member, RAFFL , RAFFL
Colleen Leonard , VT Agency of Agriculture, Food, & Markets
Chelsea Lewis , VT Agency of Agriculture, Food, & Markets
Tom Leytham , Architect , Thomas B. Leytham - Architect
Steven Libby , Executive Director , Vermont River Conservancy
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David Lindahl , Principal , Morton Trails
Karen Lipinczyk , Bradford Interchurch Council
Gil Livingston , President , Vermont Land Trust
James Lockridge , Executive Director , Big Heavy World
Janet K. Lockyer , Education Consultant
Adam Lougee , Executive Director , Addison County Regional Planning Commission
Alison Low , Senior Planner
Gregg Lowell McCurdy
Catherine Lowther , Goddard College Sustainability Team
Ginny Lyons , Vermont Legislature
Roberta MacDonald , Cabot Creamery Cooperative
Ben Machin , Redstart
Jay Maciejowski , Forestry District Manager , Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation
I am excited about the prospect of forestry and agriculture joining forces to insure the future of Vermont's working landscape and am pleased to help out.
Judy MacIsaac , President , Harvest Limited, llc
Caleb Magoon , Owner , Power Play Sports
VCRD, My name is Caleb Magoon and I run a sporting goods store in northern Vermont. As a native Vermonter, avid outdoorsman and businessperson, it is my pleasure to support this initiative. It's our duty as Vermonters to support responsible stewardship of the land we occupy. This land is our backbone, our home, our lifeblood and our responsibility. It’s essential that we bind together and do what is necessary to fulfill this responsibility. We face a particular challenge in Vermont as the price of land and the cost of living both rise rapidly. This poses particular challenges for businesspeople in the agriculture and forestry industries. Entry into those industries is an uphill challenge. Anything we can do as a community to mitigate that challenge and foster these businesses is essential to sustaining our way of life. For these reasons, I support your efforts. I have just this month bought this small business. Although I would love to contribute to your efforts financially, at this time it would not be a responsible thing for me to do. However, I am happy to support you in any other way I can whether it be through my voice or pen. Don’t hesitate to contact me and sequester my help in this matter. Good luck with your endeavor, Caleb J Magoon Power Play Sports- Owner Morrisville, VT
Erhard Mahnke , Coordinator , Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition
John Mandeville , Lamoille Economic Development Corp.
Sco Michael Mapes , P.E., Esq.
francie marbury , principal , marlboro school
Travis Marcotte , Executive Director , Intervale Center
I support the goals of the Working Landscape Partnership, especially in terms of helping Vermonters to become more energy independent.
Jan Marinelli , Owner , JN Marinelli, LLC
Paul Markowitz , Energy Consultant
James H. Maroney, Jr.
Mark Marsh , Planning Commissioner, Conservation Planner , Essex Planning Commission, VT Assoc. Conservation Districts
Roger Marshall , President , Ethan Allen Homestead Museum
Chuck Martel , Fayston Representative , Mad River Valley Planning District Steering Committee
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Allen Matthews , Farm Enterprise Coordinator , UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture/ UVM Extension
Hull Maynard , VT Senate retired , High Pastures B & B
Douglas McBride , Owner , Bates Mansion at Brook Farm & Brook Farm Vineyards
Kate McCarthy , VNRC
In this age of peak oil and natural gas, working landscapes will become not just a good idea but essential to our survival. The sooner we begin, the better.
Carol McGregor , Montgomery Selectboard member, Montgomery Tree Warden
William McGuire , President , Nantucket Architecture Group Ltd.
Diane McInerney , Historic Preservation Executive Grant Programs Coordinator
Our land as an agricultural resource will become extremely important as we move through climate and geographical changes that will render the south eastern part of the United State unable to produce the food needed to feed our growing population.
Susan McMahon , Associate Director , Windham Regional Commission
Polly McMurtry , Fayston Planning Commission
John McNerney , Vermont Coverts
Glenn McRae , The Intervale Center
Walter Medwid , Northern Woodlands
Todd Menees , Ottauquechee Natural Resources Conservation Dist.
Ellen Mercer Fallon , Langrock Sperry & Wool
H. Kenneth Merritt, Jr. , Managing Director , Merritt & Merritt & Moulton
Lisa Merton , Marlboro Productions
H. Bud Meyers , Director , James M. Jeffords Center for Policy Research at UVM
Dear Paul, This initiative is entirely consistent with the Senator's commitment to the environment and stewardship of Vermont's heritage and its resources. You have our best wishes and support. H. Bud Meyers, Director
Sam Miller , VT Woodlands Assoc.
Sally Miller , Sustainable Woodstock
John Miller , Johnson State College / Fine Arts Department
Jen Mojo , Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission
Matthew Mole , Sustainable Fiber Solutions
Melissa Moon , VT Agency of Agriculture, Food, & Markets
Leslie Morey , Certified Financial Planner
owner of 200 acres in Windham, I have a degree in Forestry from UVM, husband Wildlife Management, UVM, we want to be involved to maintain Vermont forests and landscapes.
Andrea Morgante , Town of Hinesburg; Lewis Creek Association
Peter Morris , Architect , Peter Morris Architect
Christopher Morrow , Northshire Bookstore
Gregory Moschetti , Forest Land Owner
Melinda Moulton , CEO/Rredeveloper , Main Street Landing
Main Street Landing - Melinda Moulton and Lisa Steele strongly support the Working Landscape Partnership
Barry Mulcahy , Owner , Tree Farm
Orly Munzing , Founder & Executive Director , Strolling of the Heifers, inc.
Strolling of the Heifers, Inc. supports Vermont Council on Rural Development in their campaign to support farm and forest enterprises as the foundation for the next generation of Vermont’s working landscape. From the Strolling of the Heifers work in bringing awareness to local farmers and connecting people with the food they eat we are seeing firsthand how the state of Vermont is in desperate need of a strong group like VCRD to unite the state around economic strategies for success, and around strategies to preserve working land, advance the energy economy, and seize our opportunities to lead in the green economy. Having their leadership will ensure Vermont’s success!
Sharon Murray , Vermont Planners Association
Kelly Myles , Consultant , Kelly Myles Consulting
Katherine Naylor , Craftsbury Energy Committee
I am writing , in 100 percent support , and plan, to bring back,a 90 acre farm located in Northfield vt ,as this program is much needed for VT and its farms and families
Deborah Neher , UVM Plant & Soil Science
Jenny Nelson , Agriculture Policy Advisor , US Senator Bernie Sanders
Alexis Nelson , Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST)
Taylor Newton , Project Coordinator - AmeriCorps*VISTA , AmeriCorps*VISTA - City of Montpelier
Lyle Nichols , St michaels college
Virginia Nickerson , GAPs Outreach Coordinator , Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Eric Noel , President , VT Grass Farmers Association
Sarah Norton , Goddard College; Former NOFA Director
Nancy Nottermann , Snug Valley Farm / Central Vermont Regional Planning
Londa Nwadike , Extension Food Safety Specialist , UVM Extension
Beverly O'Neill , Member , Doe Haven, inc
Ryan Ochs , Owner , Upper Meadow Tree Farm
Rich OConnell , OConnell Farm
Jane Osgoood , Principal , O & H Holding Company
Steve Paddock , Agribusiness Program Director , Vermont Small Business Development Center
Sherry Paige , USDA Rural Development
Gisela Paline , Vermont Coverts
Robert Paquin , USDA Farm Services Agency
Bruce L. Parker , Program Leader and Professor , University of Vermont Entomology Research Laboratory
Jeff Parsons , Beeken Parsons Inc.
Nancy Patch , Co-chair , Cold Hollow to Canada Forest Partnership
Doug Patterson , President , Renewable Strategies
Mary Peabody , Community Development Specialist , UVM Extension
Kenneth Peck , Filmmaker/Writer , Community Family Media
Giovanna Peebles , VT Division of Historic Preservation
Marcia and Al Perry
Philip Petty , e-Vermont Community Director
Robin Pierce , Development Director , Village of Essex Junction
Stephen Pitkin , board member , Albany, VT Planning Commision,
George Plumb , Executive Director , Vermotners for Sustainable Population
To truly protect Vermont's working landscape we can not grow forever in either land development or population. There is no sustainability without a stabilized population. Vermonters for Sustainable Population wholeheartedly supports the Partnership Platform. It is our relatively low density population that makes the working landscape possible. We are also running our of cheap fossil fuels which means that we are going to have to grow more of our food.
Walter Poleman , PLACE Program
Peter Pomerantz , Owner/operator , Pomerantz Woodworking
Sandy Price , Bradford Conservation Commission
Eben W. Proft , MR , Woodbury Game Birds
John Puleio , Director of Operations , Certified Green Dealer
Dan Pullman , President , Sprout Lenders and Spence Foundation
Lenae Quillen-Blume , State Director , Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC)
will raap , Farm Energy Venture Fund
Sonia Rae , Vermont Arts Council
Wendy Rae Woods
Michael Rainville , Pres. , Maple Landmark, Inc.
David Raphael , Principal , LandWorks
Lani Ravin , Associate Planner , Campus Planning Services, University of Vermont
Elizabeth Reaves , Program Director , The Naked Table Project powered by ShackletonThomas Furniture and Pottery
Frank C. Reed
Robin Reid , Rural Route Today
Anne Marie Resnik
Shhirley Richardson , Owner , Tannery Farm Cashmeres
Daniel Richardson , Attorney , Tarrant, Gillies, Merriman & Richardson
Tyler Riggs , Member , LSF Forest Products, LLC
Chris Robbins , Member , Middlebury Planning Commission
Jeffrey Roberts , President , Cow Creek Creative Ventures
Alan Robertson , Vice- Chair; Vermont Tree Farm Program , Vermont Woodlands Association
The Vermont Tree Farm Community supports and endorses the Working Landscape Platform as a critical element needed to continue Vermonts Working Forest economy
david rochat , director , Vermont Quality Meats
Mac Roche , Program coordinator / organizer , Willowell Foundation
Steve Rohde , President , Sustaianble Forest Futures
William Roper , President and CEO , Orton Family Foundation
Bob Rosane , Superintendent , Franklin Central Supervisory Union
<p>We will provide a letter of support.</p>
Ben Rose , Executive Director , Green Mountain Club
Chuck Ross , VT Agency of Agriculture, Food, & Markets
Bill Rossmassler , Principal , Grindstone Associates
Laural Ruggles , Fit and Healthy Coalition of Caledonia and South Essex
Dana Ruppert , Project Director , Windham County Natural Resources Conservation District
Jim Ryan , VT Dept of Environmental Conservation
Laury Saligman , Conservation Collaboratives
Fred Salo , President , Vermont Christmas Tree Association
Art Sanborn , retired
Robert Sandberg , Cookeville Compost
Chris Sargent , Senior Planner , Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission
Ginny Sassaman , Communications Specialist , Home Share Now
Home Share Now endorses smart growth principals, including a commitment to using space, energy, and resources more efficiently; and preserving open space, farmland, forests, and other critical environmental areas. Home sharing actively supports these principals through use of shared, existing housing stock and encouraging agricultural home shares.
Kenn Sassorossi , Vice President, Partner Relations , Housing Vermont
Will Sawyer , UVM Center for Rural Studies
Rachel Schattman , Local Food Program Coordinator , Center for Sustainable Agriculture, UVM Extension
David Scheuer , President , The Retrovest Companies
Jessie Schmidt , Ag and Community Programs Coordinator , UVm Extension
Bill Schmidt , Steward/Owner , Elysian Hills Tree Farm
I fully support the Partnership as the steward, with my wife Mary Lou, of the Elysian Hills Tree Farm in Dummerston. Elysian Hills is permanently conserved as a working farm through the Vermont Land Trust.
Sam Schneski , Chair: Green Mountain Division of the Society of American Foresters , Green Mountain Division of the Society of American Foresters
Bill Schubart , Magic Hill Press LLC
<p>Like most Vermonters, I believe that the health and economic productivity of our working landscape and the vibrancy of our community downtowns are the defining characteristics of Vermont. Both are the essential indicators of our wellbeing as Vermonters. Bill Schubart</p>
June M. Schulte
My hope is that our legislators will come together to wisely preserve, protect and support our rural landscape and working farms for all the generations to come.
Joshua Schwartz , Executive Director , Mad River Valley Planning District
Bill Scott , Addison County Farm Bureau - VT FFA
Piquette Scribner , Master Gardener , Good to Grow Total Garden Care
Gus Seelig , VT Housing & Conservation Board
David Sellers , Sellers and Company
Seth Shaw , Goodro Lumber - Killington
Nils Shenholm , Solhem Sauna
Meghan Sheradin , Executive Director , Vermont Fresh Network
Erin Sheridan , Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association
Joe Short , Program and Policy Director , Northern Forest Center
Brian Shuman , Owner , Associates in Periodontics
<p>Thank you to Michael Levine for informing us of this worthy organization.</p>
Brian Shupe , Vermont Natural Resources Council
Katherine Sims , Executive Director , Green Mountain Farm-to-School
Steven Sinclair , VT Dept of Forests, Parks, & Recreation
Rob Smart , Co-Owner , Sugarsnap LLC
Patti Smith , naturalist , Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center
<p>I value the working landscape for many reasons, but the most important to me is to maintain unfragmented forest lands to provide wildlife habitat and protect biodiversity.</p>
I believe in the working lands of Vermont. I know they are what makes this State beautiful and uniquely itself. It is vital we support all those who work this land and remind us where we have come from!
Denise Smith , Community Resource Director & Program Coordinator , Franklin-Grand Isle United Way, Town of Fairfield & Champlain College
Joe Speidel , Director of Local Government and Community Relations , UVM
Tom Stearns , President , High Mowing Organic Seeds
Greg Stefanski , Executive Director , Laraway Youth & Family Services
Susanne Terry and Steve Parker , High Reach Farm
Will Stevens , Co-owner , Golden Russet Farm
Tom Stevens , State Representative , State of Vermont, Washington-Chittenden 1
tim stevenson , executive director , post oil solutions
Michaela Stickney , Lake Champlain Basin Program
Shelly Stiles , District Manager , Bennington County Conservation District
Tom Stuessy , Executive Director , Vermont Mountain Bike Association
Bill Suhr , Owner , Champlain Orchards
Ethan Swain , Business Resource Manager - Commercial Loan Officer , NCIC
Shane Sweet , CEO , National Energy & Associaton Services
Gaye Symington , The High Meadows Fund
Charles Taplin , owner/operator , Floating Bridge Organics
I have been involved in VT agriculture for 50+ yrs. from milking cows to owning a organic agricultural business, now trying to bring a 230 yr. old farm back to life. I am a 9th generation (Taplin)to live in VT and keeping a working landscape is part of my life'
Susan Taylor , Co-Owner , Derby Pond Farm
Mary V Tegel , owner , Tegel Planning + Design
Matthew Tetreault , Trails Assistant , Vermont Association of Snow Travelers
Todd Thomas , Zoning Admin. / Planner , Morristown, VT
Jeff Thomson , Campaign organizer & Attorney , Action Circles
Justin Turco , Cross Road Sugar Company / Vermont Maple Sugar Producers
<p>I do not support industrializing our mountains with industrial wind. I do support the conservation of our working landscape and the way of life that it has "traditionally" provided to Vermonters.</p>
Rich Turner , Vermont Woodlands Association; Vermont Coverts
Ingrid Van Steamburg , Tunbridge Select Board; Tunbridge Planning Commission
Jennifer Varga , Touch Of Peace Farm
I am Jennifer Varga, partner in Touch Of Peace Farm in North Bennington, VT. I support this law because it will help so many people like myself and my husband to create jobs for people in a sustainable food industry where we have local support and control over how our food is grown.
Caitlin Waddick , Dr.
Ruth Wallman , Ms
Deane Wang , Associate Professor , University of Vermont
Bonnie Waninger , Executive Director , Lamoille County Planning Commission
Kate Wanner , Project Manager , Trust for Public Land
Kathleen Wanner , Executive Director , VT Wood Manufacturers Association
Mary Ward , Director of Communications
Nancy Wasserman , Sleeping Lion Associates
Ben Waterman , UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Bryant Watson , Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST)
Marshall Webb , Shelburne Farms
Alex Weinhagen , Director of Planning & Zoning , Town of Hinesburg
Michael Welch , Northern Community Investment Corporation
Tom Wells , President , Wells Mountain LLC
David White , Director of Planning and Zoning , Burlington Dept. of Planning and Zoning
Vermont's working landscape is the foundation of our culture, economy and ethos as Vermonters. Without this unique character and resource, centuries of history are erased and our future is greatly dimished. All Vermonters - rural and urban - have a tremendous stake in our ability to ensure that our working farm and forestlands remain working and open for future generations to come.
Netaka White , Bioenergy Program Director , Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
Gabriel White , Managing Member , New Dawn Enterprises
Julianna White , Special Projects Coordinator , Champlain Orchards
John Whitman , Owner , Green Forest Farm
I particularly applaud your decision to merge agriculture and forest topics under the "working landscape" heading. Your program is an important one that deserves attention and support.
Bob Whittaker , Dean of Institutional Advancement
Abbey Willard , White River Natural Resources Conservation District
Linda Wilson , Hartford Conservation Commission
Donald Wilson , Chairman , Bennington County Conservation District
To whom it may concern; Bennington County Conservation District is proud to support the VCRD in their efforts to implement the Working Landscape Enterprise Investment Bill by becoming a member of the Partnership. Our mission statement dictates "We protect natural resources and promote rural livelihoods in Bennington County through education, advocacy and active conservation. We work to nurture a land ethic among residents and decision makers." Thank you for your efforts on behalf of the working landscape and those who populate it. Donald K. Wilson
Sherry Winnie , Recreation Trails Program Administrator , VT Dept. of Forests, Parks & Recreation
Benjamin Wolfe , Tunbridge Planning Commission
Enid Wonnacott , Executive Director , Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT)
Patrick Wood , Agrefresh
Nancy Wood , VSJF Board; Charlotte News Editor
Chuck Wooster , Farmer , Sunrise Farm CSA
Alex Wylie , Vermont Land Trust
Allen Yale , Dr.
Brad York , Manager , Honora Winery & Vineyard
Mike Young , Mike Young CPA
Paul Zabriskie , Weatherization Director , Central Vermont Community Action Council
Erica Zimmerman , Farmer, Educator, Organizer , Center Farm