Gund Affiliate, Research Fellow for USDA Northeast Climate Hub; University of Vermont Extension Affiliate

Rachel Schattman is a Research Fellow with the USDA Northeast Climate Hub and as an Affiliate with the University of Vermont Extension Vegetable and Berry Program. My academic background is in agroecology, with a focus on sustainable management in vegetable production systems, sociology, community food security, and farm-based adaptive practices to climate change. I have expertise in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research design and analysis, and a background in applied Participatory Action Research (PAR). My experience owning and managing a diversified vegetable farm informs my perspective and research focus. The goal of my work is to support farmers to be more resilient in a changing climate while protecting natural resources. 

Associations and Affiliations

  • Soil and Water Conservation Society. Member since 2017.
  • Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society. Member since 2016.
  • International Association for Society and Natural Resources. Member since 2016.
  • Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont. Member since 2007.
  • Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Association. Member since 2009

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Climate change in the northeastern United States, local agriculture and food insecurity in Vermont, Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) management on organic farms


  • PhD, University of Vermont, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences
  • MS, University of Vermont, Rubenstein School of Environmental and Natural Resources
  • BA, Sarah Lawrence College


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