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About the New Farmer Project: Staff & Affiliates

Mary Peabody

Mary Peabody divides her time between UVM Extension and the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development. She has worked in agriculture and community development since 1988 working on business development; feasibility studies; diversification and small farm profitability. She has developed many workshops and courses for small-scale farmers and offers several classes online each year. Her research interests include the sustainability of rural communities, sustainable development and issues pertaining to social and economic justice for women. Her passions include growing things—both plants and animals, learning new skills, traveling, and teaching.

CONTACT:
Mary Peabody
UVM Extension/WAgN
617 Comstock Rd., Berlin, VT 05602
(802) 223-2389
mary.peabody@uvm.edu

Beth Holtzman

Beth Holtzman is outreach education coordinator for the New Farmer Project and for the Women's Agricultural Network. She has been conducting sustainable agriculture outreach and education since 1992 for a variety of nonprofit organizations. Her background includes public relations, marketing and and organizing events. When she's not working for WAgN, Beth can often be found outdoors with her family -- skis or snowshoes in the winter, or hiking, biking or in riding in the summer.

CONTACT:
Beth Holtzman
UVM Extension/Women's Agricultural Network
617 Comstock Rd., Berlin, VT 05602
(802) 223-2389 x15
beth.holtzman@uvm.edu


Jessica Schmidt

Jessie offers program support for WAgN and other community and agriculture related programs at UVM Extension. She spent most of her youth dreaming of becoming a farmer and all of her adult life supporting the efforts of farmers. For the last 8 years, Jessie managed the Capital City Farmers Market in Montpelier. Previous to that she worked on farms, developed retail markets for farmers, and administered education and certification programs for organic farmers. At home, Jessie raises produce, chicken, eggs, and pork for her family and plays with her kids.

CONTACT:
Jessica Schmidt
The Women's Ag Network
617 Comstock Rd., Berlin, VT 05602
(802) 223-2389
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Ben Waterman

Ben holds a B.S. in Conservation of Soil, Water, and the Environment from the University of Maryland.  He became particularly interested in sustainable agriculture issues after working as a coffee farmer in Costa Rica and a dairy farmer in Russia.  He and his wife recently returned from Malawi, where they served as agricultural extension agents in the Peace Corps.  They are starting a diversified farm of their own in Johnson, Vermont.  Ben is excited to be a new part of the Center's team in developing its Beginning Farmer and Land Access Program.

CONTACT:
Ben Waterman
UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture
106 High Point Center, Suite 300
Colchester, VT 05446
802-656-9142
ben.waterman@uvm.edu

Dennis Kauppila

Dennis Kauppila worked on Vermont farms in the 1970s before earning BS and MS degrees in agriculture at UVM. He started working with UVM Extension in 1983 as a county agent. Now he works with farmers on financial management and business planning. Dennis has taught business management courses to farmers since 1994. Dennis likes to garden, paddle, fish, knit, and cross-country ski. He also serves as a Green Up Day town coordinator, assistant treasurer at a church, and treasurer of a local cemetery.

CONTACT:
Dennis Kauppila
Agriculture & Farm Business Management Specialist
UVM Extension
397 Railroad Street, Suite 3
St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819-1740
802-751-8307 x2400
dennis.kauppila@uvm.edu

Mark Cannella

Mark has been working in agriculture in Vermont for over 10 years. He currently provides business planning and farm financial advisement through a variety of programs and research at UVM Extension. If there is one thing he likes best, it is working with farms of any kind to achieve profitability. Mark worked for several years in vegetable production, sugaring and dairy before pursuing a graduate degree in Applied Economics at The University of Vermont. When his family is not keeping up with their small vegetable farm they are making plans to get in the canoe to explore Vermont.

CONTACT:
Mark Cannella
Agriculture and Farm Business Management Specialist
617 Comstock Rd., Berlin, VT 05602
(802) 223-2389
mark.cannella@uvm.edu

 

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