Beginning Farmer, Land Access & New American Farmer Program Coordinator

Ben holds a B.S. in Conservation of Soil, Water, and the Environment from the University of Maryland. He became particularly interested in sustainable agriculture issues after working on coffee farms in Costa Rica and dairy farms in Russia. He and his wife served as agricultural extension agents in the Peace Corps in Malawi. They now operate a diversified farm in Johnson, Vermont. Ben has traveled through the nation and across Vermont assessing soil fertility, water systems and landscapes in the context of farm viability. His interests include cross-cultural communications, the building trades, and trombone. He is excited to be a part of the Center's team in coordinating services for beginning farmers and developing the New American Farmer program.

Ben Waterman Presenting

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Land assessment
  • Soil biology
  • Support for New American farmers


  • BS, Conservation of Soil, Water & the Environment, University of Maryland


  • 802-656-9142
Office Location:

Jeffords Building, Rm. 105

Office Hours:

By appointment