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The Women's Agricultural Network

About WAgN : Staff Profiles

Mary Peabody

Mary Peabody is the director of the Women's Agricultural Network, as well as the UVM Extension Specialist in Community Resources and Economic Development. She is a regular instructor for Growing Places, Taking Stock and a variety of workshop topics on business planning, marketing and labor management. She also offers several online classes each year. Mary is currently serving on the USDA Advisory Committee for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers.

Her passions include growing things—both plants and animals, learning new skills, traveling, and teaching. Working as part of the WAgN team from its beginning is one of her proudest accomplishments. The people she has met through the program inspire her daily with their ongoing commitment to agriculture and community building.

CONTACT:
Mary Peabody
The Women's Ag Network
617 Comstock Rd., Berlin, VT 05602
(802) 223-2389 x13
mary.peabody@uvm.edu

Beth Holtzman

Beth Holtzman is the outreach education coordinator of the Women's Agricultural Network. She comes to WAgN with more than 13 years' experience in sustainable agriculture outreach and education. Her background includes writing, editing and event organizing educational events for non-profit organizations.

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 the garden in the summer.

CONTACT:
Beth Holtzman
The Women's Ag 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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