Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Linda Berlin, Director802-656-0669
Dr. Berlin has been with the University of Vermont (UVM) since 1992, when she began coordinating a federally funded nutrition education program for underserved families (“EFNEP”). In 1999, she moved into a faculty position within the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, at which time her role shifted to include broader involvement in food and food systems issues. In March 2009 she became half-time Director of the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and also continues as an Extension faculty member focused on food systems. She holds an M.S. from Cornell University in human nutrition (1990) and a doctorate from Tufts University where she was enrolled in a program titled “Agriculture, Food, and Environment” based out of the Tufts School of Nutrition Science and Policy (2006). Since being in Vermont, she chaired boards of two Burlington-based non-profits (Vermont Community Garden Network and Hunger Free Vermont) and was on the board for the national Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior. She currently co-facilitates the Vermont Sustainable Agriculture Council and is a member of the Farm to Plate Consumer Education and Marketing Working Group and Food Access Cross-cutting Team
Juan Alvez, Pasture Program Technical Coordinator802-656-6116 email@example.com
Juan P. Alvez comes from a two-generation pasture-based family farm in Rivera, Uruguay. He obtained his BS in Agronomy in Brazil, his MS in Plant and Soil Science with Bill Murphy and his Ph.D. in Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. He has experienced interdisciplinary research in grazing management, agroecology, ecosystems goods and services, land use change, conservation policy, green markets, and ecological economics. His work addresses environmental, social and productive aspects of grazing farms, with emphasis on dairy management, ecosystems conservation and sustainable livelihoods in Vermont and New England. In his study, grasslands play a key role because they are complex ecosystems that sustain a vast array of functions and processes delivering benefits for supporting healthy environments and communities.
Lynn Blevins, Produce Safety Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynn Zanardi Blevins is a medical epidemiologist who came on board to support on-farm produce safety and the Good Agricultural Practices program. Before coming to the Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Lynn worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the areas of infectious disease, environmental health, and emergency preparedness. Lynn lives in Williston with her family and enjoys spinning the wool from her llamas and angora goats.
Jenny Brown, Budget Manager
Jenny joined the Center in December of 2007 as budget manager. She graduated from Champlain College in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. She brings with her a variety of work experience in the public and private sectors of accounting. Currently she lives in South Burlington with her husband Kyle, and their bull terrier Dinga. Outside of work, she enjoys photography (including the photo at right), reading, and traveling.
Jennifer Colby, Pasture Program Coordinator
Jenn came to the Center in 2005, after ten years working in organic dairy and environmental project management. She strives on a daily basis to blend her passions for grass-based farming, home-grown BBQ, community development, martial arts, music and pottery. She raises sheep, poultry and pigs in East Randolph, and has a shared farming arrangement with family in Randolph Center. Jenn has a B.S. in Animal Science from UVM and was awarded an MS in Community Development and Applied Economics in December 2011 after working on a thesis focusing on the impacts of grass-based livestock farms on Vermont’s quality of life.
Kimberly Hagen, Pasture Program Outreach Coordinator
Kimberly joined the Center for Sustainable Agriculture in February 2012 to provide technical assistance and support for grass-based farms: for those already immersed in the practices, those planning to transition, and everything in between. Kimberly spent several years working on all kinds of farms around the world, finally returning to Vermont where she has been raising sheep, chickens, horses and the occasional cow, on her own grass-based farm since 1987, and providing agricultural education and outreach for NOFA to communities and schools. With a background and MS in Environmental Biology from Antioch New England, Kimberly thoroughly enjoys the problem solving of bringing farms to a more balanced relationship with the natural systems around them. Years of observations and working with grass-based systems have led her to believe that if the environment is healthy, the animals and plants are healthy and the economics of the farm will also be healthy.
Cheryl Herrick, Office Manager802-656-5459
Cheryl came aboard in fall 2011, and manages the office as well as maintaining the Center's website and sustainable agriculture events calendar, and editing the Pasture Calendar and Cultivating Connections quarterly newsletter. She earned her BA in Cultural Studies at Burlington College in 1995, and is preparing to enter the Master's of Public Administration program at UVM CDAE. She brings with her diverse experiences in non-profit fund raising and communications, freelance writing, marketing and social media, and a long love affair with Vermont food. She lives, cooks and writes in Burlington with her two young sons.
Ginger Nickerson, GAP Outreach Coordinator
802-505-8189 or 802-656-5459
Ginger Nickerson joined the Center for Sustainable Agriculture in 2010 to provide technical assistance and educational support to produce growers on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and food safety. Ginger (aka “Virginia”) has worked as a field hand on a wide range of farms, from a large scale conventional diversified farm in Massachusetts, to an organic vegetable farm, a flower nursery, and an apple orchard in Vermont. She has a PhD in Natural Resource Management from the University of Michigan and a BA in Botany from the University of Wisconsin. She enjoys any activity that gets her outdoors and hopes to have her own farm someday.
Mary Peabody, Women’s Agricultural Network
Rachel Schattman, Local Food Coordinator
Rachel is a native of Vermont, and has lived in many parts of the state. She completed her BA at Sarah Lawrence College (2004) in New York and her MS in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (UVM) in 2009. Rachel has worked with several inspiring farmers who have helped deepen her love of agriculture, eating, and thinking about food systems. She and her business partner Kelli Brooks started Bella Farm at the Burlington Intervale in 2009. Together they grow organic basil and garlic, which they process into pesto and sell in Chittenden County.
Ben Waterman, Beginning Farmer and Land Access Program Coordinator
Ali Zipparo, Youth Agriculture Individual Development Account Coordinator
Ali Zipparo is the Center's Individual Development Account Coordinator, and is also a regular agriculture policy blogger for Extension's Women in Agriculture Network. She comes to UVM Extension with wide-ranging experience in Vermont agriculture and policy, including work with Vermont Housing and Conservation Board's Farm Viability Program and the Farm to Plate program. Ali has also done consulting work for American Farmland Trust, working on projects related to a regional farm to institution project and did extensive research on Farm Bill program outcomes in New England. She hails from Connecticut, where she worked on an organic CSA farm on the road she grew up on for two seasons. After working on the farm, Ali started an urban community garden in the city of Danbury, CT. After driving a school bus for seven years, Ali decided to go back to school, and earned a B.A. from Smith College in environmental science and policy, with a concentration in sustainable global agricultural policy in January 2012. She is currently in graduate school, in the Master of Public Policy program at UVM.