University of Vermont

Cultivating Healthy Communities


The Center for Sustainable Agriculture instituted a Fellows Program in January 2011. Given our desire to broaden our reach and deepen our thinking, we invited eight people who are friends and scholars from the UVM campus and beyond to join the Center by becoming Fellows for a two-year term. The Fellows meet with the Center four times a year, and contribute to our newsletters, join our research projects, speak at brown bag lunch gatherings and generally help us to ruminate, cogitate and mull things over in ways that capture diverse perspectives. Fellows for 2011-2012 are:

Sidney Bosworth
Sid Bosworth is an Associate Extension Professor in the Plant and Soil Science Department at the University of Vermont and serves as a specialist in agronomy for UVM Extension, where he came after serving as an Extension specialist at Penn State. Sid teaches courses at UVM in Forage and Pasture Management, Turf Management and Weed Ecology/Management, and has conducted applied research in the areas of alfalfa/grass management and quality, nutrient and manure management of cool season grasses and corn for silage, pasture management, organic what production, and the evaluation of perennial grasses for biomass production for thermal energy. His Extension programs focus on crop and pasture management and utilization, integrated crop management, low input turf management, and grasses for biomass energy. He developed and maintains the Vermont Crops and Soils Homepage ( He has a Ph.D. in crop physiology from the University of Kentucky and an M.S. in agronomy and a B.S. in animal science from Auburn University.

David Conner
David Conner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics (CDAE) at the University of Vermont where he teaches courses in Community Entrepreneurship. His research focuses on the economics of sustainable food systems, with particular interest in alternative supply chains for institutional markets. He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University and a Masters degree from UVM. David worked for six years with the C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at Michigan State University. He lives in Burlington with his wife Iana and their three children, Anessa, Moby and Sara. In his spare time, David enjoys spending time with his family, especially being outdoors and making music together.

Elizabeth "Betsy" Greene
Betsy Greene is an Extension Professor in the Animal Sciences department at UVM. As an equine specialist, her primary areas of interest include equine management, production and safety. Betsy's work with e-Xtension was acknowledged, both for individual and team accomplishments, winning the National e-Xtension Initiative's 2009 Outstanding Community of Practice Award for the HorseQuest Community of Practice and also the Individual Achievement Award the same year. She was honored in 2010 with the Joseph E. Carrigan Award for Excellence in Teaching and Undergraduate Education, She coordinates the annual Everything Equine, an event attended by more than 7,000 each spring, educating participants on a range of equine issues.

Jessica Hyman
Jessica Hyman is Executive Director of Friends of Burlington Gardens and the Vermont Community Garden Network. The nonprofit organization works with community and school gardens around the state. A former community journalist and food systems researcher, Jess is committed to education, outreach, and research highlighting the role of community-based food production and education in vibrant and resilient food systems and healthy communities. She has an M.S. in Community Development and Applied Economics (CDAE) and previously worked at the UVM Center for Rural Studies, where her work focused on food systems, agricultural land use, local and place-based food promotion, website training for farmers, and rural journalism.

Travis Marcotte
As Executive Director of the Intervale Center, Travis brings a breadth of experience and a joy to his work strengthening integrated food systems and running a diverse organization like the IC. He also enjoys more simple pleasures like charcuterie and home gardening with his family. Prior to joining the Intervale Center, Travis worked in agriculture and community ecnomic development in Vermont, Central America and the Caribbean. Travis graduated from the University of Vermont Community Development and Applied Economics program and received his Master’s degree in International Agricultural Developement from the University of California, Davis. He grew up on his grandparents’ dairy farm in Charlotte, Vermont, and now lives in an old farmhouse in Fletcher where he raises chickens, vegetables and pigs with his partner Sue and their children.

Ernesto Mendez
Ernesto is an Assistant Professor in the UVM Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. His research and teaching focus on developing and applying interdisciplinary approaches to analyze interactions between agriculture, livelihoods, and biodiversity conservation in both tropical and temperate rural landscapes.


Londa Nwadike
Londa Nwadike joined UVM Extension as Food Safety Specialist in November 2010 and is excited to be a Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Agriculture. She works with food processors throughout Vermont to improve the safety of their products, particularly in maple products and meat. Londa grew up on a diversified family farm in eastern South Dakota, was active in 4-H and FFA. Londa received a B.A. from South Dakota State and an M.S. from Kansas State in Animal Science and Food Science. She worked in food safety for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), based in Rome, Italy for five years. She spent much of this time with the FAO in Africa, where she conducted her Ph.D. dissertation research with women vegetable farmers in the Gambia (West Africa). Londa recently married a West African and is enjoying learning more about the food, culture and agriculture of Vermont together with him!