Heather Darby

I am an Agronomic and Soils Specialist for the University of Vermont Extension. I was raised on a dairy farm in Northwest Vermont. This has allowed me to play an active role in all aspects of dairy farming and gain knowledge of the land. These practical experiences, complemented by my education have focused my attention towards sustainable agriculture and promotion of environmental stewardship. My research interests and outreach programs are in the areas of fuel, forage, and grain production systems in New England.


Research reports and project information can be found on my research web page:


Awards and Recognition

Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence, 2010

Associations and Affiliations

American Society of Agronomy (ASA)
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)
Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)
Certified Crop Adviser (CCA)

Heather Darby

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Soil quality and nutrient management, Grain production, Organic farming, Forages, Hops, Oilseed crops


  • Ph.D. Oregon State University
  • M.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S. University of New Hampshire


  • (802) 524-6501
Office Location:

278 S. Main Street, St. Albans, VT 05478

Office Hours:

By appointment

Courses Taught

Digging In: A Nutrient Management Course for Farmers
Biomass to Biofuels (PSS 296)