Champlain Valley Crop, Soil and Pasture Team

Phone: (802) 388-4969 or 1-800-956-1125 (toll-free in Vt.)
Address: Champlain Valley Crop, Soil and Pasture Team; 23 Pond Lane, Suite 300; Middlebury, VT 05753-1189

Jeffrey Carter, Agronomy Specialist: Field Crops & Nutrient Management

Jeffrey Carter

Jeff Carter has worked with farmers all around Vermont regarding crop production including corn, alfalfa, pasture, Christmas trees and wildlife food plots. For over 30 years he has provided information on using fertilizer, manure and pesticides; how to grow crops and take care of the soil and; nutrient management planning to meet farm regulations. Jeff works with commercial farmers, backyard growers and public officials to promote agriculture.

As a UVM Extension Faculty member, Jeff leads the Team at the Middlebury Extension office.  He procures grant funding, provides direction for the team and is the foundation for the work the team does to serve the needs of agricultural producers in the Champlain Valley and beyond. Jeff is a Certified Crop Adviser. | (802) 388-4969 ext. 332 | Jeff's Faculty Profile

Kirsten Workman, Agronomy Outreach Professional Sr.

Kirsten Workman

Kirsten works with farmers to implement practices to improve crop production and protect water quality. She started her career in Washington State working for the Mason Conservation District and Washington State University Extension. After 10 years of working with West Coast farmers, she joined the UVM Extension staff in 2011. She has spearheaded a number of our office initiatives in soil health and water quality. She helps farmers understand the importance of Nutrient Management and assists them in preparing and implementing comprehensive nutrient management plans, and helps farmers implement innovative practices that aim to provide a win-win for both their bottom line and Lake Champlain. She also helps farmers access cost-share funding to implement Best Management Practices on their farms. She recently finished her M.S. degree in Plant & Soil Science (Agronomy) at University of Vermont while working on our team. Her research project aimed to provide farmers with information about successful cover cropping systems that make the most of their livestock manure while reducing nutrient runoff and increasing soil health.

Kirsten lives in the Winooski watershed with her husband, Paul and two children, Johnny & Ruby. In her spare time she enjoys long distance running/hiking and fresh veggies from the garden - Paul will carve out any available lawn and turn it into abundant produce. She grew up in the temperate rainforest of the Puget Sound and has past experience in vegetable and horticulture production. Kirsten is a Certified Crop Adviser. | (802) 388-4969 ext. 347

Cheryl Cesario, Grazing Outreach Professional

Cheryl Cesario

Cheryl is the team’s resident grazing expert.  She works with farmers to get the most out their pastures…balancing the needs of people, plants, animals, and water quality.  She prepares grazing plans for beef, dairy and other livestock producers, setting up these farms to be as profitable as possible while utilizing one of Vermont’s best crops…Pasture!

Before joining UVM Extension as a Grazing Outreach Professional, Cheryl spent eight years with the Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF) certification program (part of NOFA-VT) and graduated with a degree in Animal Science from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s degree from the University of Vermont in Plant and Soil Science. Her agricultural experiences include vegetable farm and greenhouse management, seasonal orchard work, and relief milking on dairy farms.

She and her husband Marc graze cows, pigs and chickens at their farm, Meeting Place Pastures, in Cornwall, VT.  They direct market their meat and eggs to families and restaurants across New England. Cheryl is a Certified Crop Adviser. | (802) 388-4969 ext. 346

Karen Gallott, Administrative Assistant

Karen Gallott

Karen grew up in Ithaca, NY and worked for the Department of Pomology at Cornell University, and then moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma where she worked in the Departments of Agriculture and then Engineering Technology at Oklahoma State University.  She moved again, to Vermont and spent eleven years working as the assistant manager for West Meadows Farm, a 25 acre commercial apple orchard in New Haven, VT with a herd of Scottish Highland cattle.  Her other life time experiences include 20 years “horsing around” with horses, being a professional florist; development assistant, event planner; assistant town clerk, 15 years as clerk for the New Haven Development Review Board and a Civil War Cavalry re-enactor. Karen currently lives in New Haven, VT with her husband, two cats and Welsh Corgi Rowan. | (802) 388-4969

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