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Green Mountain Farm-to-School

115 2nd Street, Newport, VT 05855


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A leader in the growing farm-to-school movement in Vermont, Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) mission is to restore and strengthen local food systems in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont by promoting positive economic and educational relationships among schools, farms, and communities. We create healthy communities by working across the food system with capacity building, resource development, and technical assistance through GMFTS’ school gardens, Farm-to-School Program, food hub, food truck, and statewide marketing campaign.

The statistics about the health of our children are striking. 1 in 3 children is on track to develop type 2 diabetes. Researchers estimate for the 1st time in American history children will live shorter lives than their parents. Unless we do something to put this runaway food system back on track, we’re headed for the biggest and most expensive health care crisis we can imagine. 60,000 children in Vermont eat school food 5 days a week, getting more than half their calories from school lunch, school breakfast, and school snack. What we feed our kids in schools and what we teach them about food there affects how they grow, how they learn, what they will feed their own families, and how long they will live. School is where it all begins.

Geoffrey Bok, Craftsbury, VT

John Castle, Acting Board Chair, Holland, VT

Dr. Kristy Ellis, Secretary, Jay, VT

Steve Wright, Newport, VT

Dr. Thomas Moseley, Newport, VT

Dr. Katherine Sims, Newport, VT

Catherine Cusack, Executive Director

Laura Carpenter, Development and Communications Manager

Cheryl Galipeau, Food Hub Logistics Manager

Becca Perrin, Food Hub Account Manager

Elyse Perambo, Farm to School Program Director

Erin Katz, AmeriCorps Farm to School Coordinator

Emma Trainor, AmeriCorps Farm to School Coordinator

Addie Irvin, AmeriCorps Farm to School Coordinator

Visit our Staff Page to contact and learn more about our staff members.

Our Programs

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The Northeast Kingdom Farm-to-School Program helps schools in the Northeast Kingdom build school gardens, source local food, and provide nutrition and agriculture education.

Harvest of the Month

Vermont Harvest of the Month is a statewide campaign that promotes a different Vermont-grown crop each month and provides ready-to-use materials for classrooms, cafeterias, and communities.


Farm Direct is a regional food hub distributing local food to schools, institutions, and other sales outlets in northern Vermont.

The Lunchbox

The Lunchbox is a summer meal program and mobile learning kitchen that brings locally-grown food and food-based education to communities in the Northeast Kingdom.

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We have a wide variety of ways of volunteer opportunities; some are weekly commitments, while others are one-time-only contributions of time and energy. All efforts are greatly appreciated. Volunteer opportunities include: gardening, supporting educational programs, marketing and outreach, special events, office support, research projects, fundraising, and committee membership.

To learn more about volunteering with GMFTS, contact Jessica Weston at or call 802-334-2044.

We are looking for individuals who are self-motivated, creative, detail-oriented, and who have an interest in building healthy communities through food and education.

Internships are available in the following areas:

Summer Internship

Each summer Green Mountain Farm-to-School offers internship opportunities to individuals who are self-motivated, creative, detail-oriented, and who have an interest in building healthy communities through food and education.  Each internship is unique and tailored to best fit the needs of the individual and the organization. Internships can include working on food access, consumer education, or communication projects that support all of GMFTS programs. To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to Catherine Cusack at

AmeriCorps Farm-to-School Coordinator

AmeriCorps Farm-to-School Coordinator position available for a year term of service.  A great opportunity to work outside in the garden,  in the classroom, and community with elementary-age students. AmeriCorps members work with Green Mountain Farm-to-School and school staff to develop, implement and evaluate Farm to School program activities such as taste tests, farm field trips, school gardens, nutrition education, and more. This position is part of the Lyndon Economic opportunity AmeriCorps Program (LEAP) and Green Mountain Farm-to-School. This position is based out of Newport, VT serving the schools in the NEK.  Compensation includes a biweekly stipend totaling approximately $16,000 for the year term of service, subsidized housing, full health coverage, and a $6,345 Education Award for past or future education upon successful completion. Reliable transportation needed for positions, with mileage reimbursement for business-related travel.  The position starts August 15, 2022, and runs until August 5, 2023.

 To apply, submit a resume, cover letter, and 3 references to No phone calls, please. Open until filled. EOE.

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