Our Blog

Join GMFTS for our 2nd Annual Giving Day!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Don’t see a level that works for you? No worries, give what you can, and we’ll be sure to put it to good use! Click here to give



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.


View the map key over here.


Catherine Cusack

Executive Director

Contact Catherine at ccusack@gmfts.org.

Catherine joined Green Mountain Farm-to-School in 2013. As Executive Director Catherine is responsible for overseeing the organization, developing GMFTS’s long-range strategic plans, raising funds, publicizing its activities, and managing its staff and Board of Directors. Catherine works in partnership with GMFTS program staff in delivering high-quality programming, with an emphasis on improving food access, educating children and community members on the value of Vermont’s rich agricultural landscape, supporting farms, and building relationships to grow the reach of the organization. Since moving to Vermont in 2006, Catherine has advocated for equal access to healthy food and increased opportunities for all Vermonters. While caring for her two young children, she was a freelance health promotion consultant, completing projects focused on obesity prevention. She has a Master of Science degree in health promotion from the University of Montana. Catherine and her family live in Craftsbury, where they love to swim, cross-country ski, and play in the snow.

Maire Folan

Farm-to-School Program Manager

Contact Maire at mfolan@gmfts.org.

Maire joined the team in 2014 to help lead the charge with Farm-to-School efforts, working closely with our fantastic coordinators. She received her bachelor’s from the University of New Hampshire in environmental biology and nutrition. She went on to complete her Registered Dietitian Certification and received a master’s degree from Green Mountain College in sustainable food systems. She is thrilled to bring her love for food and farming to GMFTS. Prior to GMFTS, Maire has worked as a naturalist for the New Hampshire Audubon Society, in research and development for Stonyfield Farm and as a ski instructor at Crystal Mountain in WA. Maire hails from the Granite state, where she spent lots of time in the lakes, forests and mountains. You might find her digging into Vermont soils, swimming in beautiful NEK lakes, hiking among the rolling hills or enjoying area ski trails.

Amrita Parry

Food Hub Manager

Contact Amrita at aparry@gmfts.org.

Amrita Parry joined Green Mountain Farm-to-School in 2016. As Food Hub Manager, Amrita is responsible for managing Green Mountain Farm Direct, a regional food hub with a focus on bringing local food into schools, institutions, and other sales outlets. Amrita is from the Northeast Kingdom and earned a bachelor’s in integrated environmental science from Johnson State College. Before coming to Green Mountain Farm-to-School she was a fixture at Newport Natural Foods in Newport where she developed strong working relationships within the local food community. She is passionate about food, farms, and Vermont. Amrita and her son live in Coventry.


Jeyna Diallo

Outreach Coordinator

Contact Jenya at jdiallo@gmfts.org

Jeyna Diallo joined GMFTS in 2015 as an AmeriCorps Farm-to-School Coordinator. She spent two years in this role, delivering in-school taste tests, organizing farm field trips, teaching in-class workshops, and maintaining school gardens. In November 2017, Jeyna joined the GMFTS staff as Outreach Coordinator. She will be coordinating several key GMFTS programs, including the Lunchbox and Vermont Harvest of the Month. Jeyna graduated from Bates College in 2015 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. She is excited to do her part to help sustain and grow GMFTS programs, bringing healthy local food to residents throughout the NEK. In her spare time, Jeyna loves to go thrift shopping, bake, read, and explore new places.


Edifice Jengo

Finance Coordinator

Contact Edifice at ejengo@gmfts.org.

Edifice Jengo joined Green Mountain Farm-to-School in February 2017 as the finance coordinator.  Edifice is responsible for computerizing, classifying, recording, and maintaining numerical data for use in maintaining financial records in good health and in compliance with applicable laws.  He is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo and came to Burlington, Vt. in 2011 and moved to Newport in February 2017. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Champlain College in Burlington.  Prior to joining the organization, Edifice worked for the Vermont Interfaith Action, Champlain College, and Danaher Attig & Plante PLC as an executive assistant, finance assistant, and staff accountant, respectively.  In his free time, Edifice likes to play piano, go biking, learn more about information technology, and explore the places around him.

Sophie Westover

Communications and Development Coordinator

Contact Sophie at swestover@gmfts.org

Sophie Westover joined Green Mountain Farm-to-School in November 2017 as Communications and Development Coordinator. Sophie is responsible for conducting outreach for GMFTS programs and services, crafting and executing organizational communications and marketing strategies, and assisting with fundraising and other special projects. Originally from Cambridge, Massachusetts, Sophie earned a B.A. in International Affairs from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon in 2015. Prior to joining the organization, Sophie worked as Associate Communications Officer at The Center for People and Forests – RECOFTC in Bangkok, Thailand. While abroad, Sophie gained experience in nonprofit communication strategies and became interested in how to best support local communities secure sustainable and healthy livelihoods. In her free time, Sophie enjoys hiking, cooking and exploring.

Nina Daniels

AmeriCorps Farm-to-School Coordinator

Contact Nina at ndaniels@gmfts.org.

Nina Daniels joined GMFTS in August 2017. As an AmeriCorps Farm-to-School Coordinator, she is responsible for connecting schools and communities to access and education about fresh, local produce. By facilitating garden workshops, unit lessons, farm field trips and taste tests, she encourages students to build a healthy relationship and wider understanding of their food. Nina earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Anthropology from Wells College in 2016. Her agricultural background comes from working at a vineyard and small farm in central NY while in college. Prior to joining the GMFTS team, Nina served in Rochester AmeriCorps as an Academic Advocate, working to improve literacy and social/emotional development in elementary school students. Nina is interested in helping bridge the gap between farms and schools because of her interest in nutrition and its role in brain and body development in school-aged children. In her free time, Nina loves to ride her bicycle, swim, cross-country ski, and bake soft pretzels. Nina is serving through LEAP (Lyndon Economic opportunity AmeriCorps Program).

Rachel Proctor

AmeriCorps Farm-to-School Coordinator

Contact Rachel at rproctor@gmfts.org 

Rachel Proctor joined GMFTS in August 2017. As a Farm-to-School Coordinator she works on educating our youth about the importance of supporting local food systems through hands-on programs in schools throughout the Northeast Kingdom. She is also helping to foster a connection to the land and overall healthier eating habits. Rachel graduated from Saint Michael’s College in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Environmental Justice and Sustainability and minor in Economics. Rachel worked on an educational farm in Ashfield, MA for two summers called Red Gate Farm, where she lead programs geared toward helping young children ages 3-9 get excited about gardening, farming, hiking, plus learning new outdoor skills. She has been interested in sustainable farming practices for many years, working on programs like Vermont First through Saint Michael’s College where she helped educate the college campus on how they were integrating local farm-grown food into the cafeteria. She is now excited to learn more about Vermont’s local food system as it pertains to increasing awareness and accessibility for cafeterias in elementary and middle schools. Rachel is excited to try cross-country skiing in the Northeast Kingdom during the winter season! She also enjoys hiking, biking, bird-watching and photography. Rachel is serving through LEAP (Lyndon Economic opportunity AmeriCorps Program).

Madeline McGonagle

AmeriCorps Farm to School Coordinator

Contact Madeline at mmcgonagle@gmfts.org

Madeline joined GMFTS in August of 2018 as an AmeriCorps Farm to School Coordinator serving through LEAP (Lyndon Economic opportunity AmeriCorps Program). As a Farm to School Coordinator, she is responsible for strengthening the relationship students have with the food they consume and where it comes from. Through gardening, cooking, and engaging field trips with the community she will educate students about the importance of nutrition and sustainable land stewardship. Madeline earned her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Ecology and minor in Anthropology from Bates College in 2018. For four summers she worked as a farmhand on an organic vegetable farm in Hopkinton, NH and spent one summer also at the Advanced Studies Program at St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH. During her time at St. Paul’s she worked as an education intern engaging with high school students about sustainable food systems through the “Sustenance and Sustainability” course. She is hoping to put her experience working on a farm and in a classroom to beneficial use throughout her service with GMFTS. In her free time, Madeline enjoys cooking and spending time outside on her bike or hiking with friends.

Alida Farrell

AmeriCorps Farm to School Coordinator

Contact Alida at afarrell@gmfts.org

Alida joined the Green Mountain Farm-to-School team in August 2018. As an AmeriCorps Farm-to-School Coordinator, Alida serves in schools in the Northeast Kingdom, educating kids on nutrition and agriculture, helping them grow school gardens, and working to source local foods in the cafeteria. She’s excited to be serving farmers, community members, and the next generation of healthy eaters to promote a positive outlook on local foods. After graduating from high school in Portland, Maine, Alida spent a year traveling and working on organic farms in Spain and New Zealand. She went on to study Philosophy and Environmental Studies at St. Lawrence University where she also pursued her interests in farming through apprenticing at a local CSA farm. Most recently, Alida has worked as an educator at the Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment in Maine where she had the opportunity to encourage kids to think harder about food systems and get her hands dirty in the garden. Alida is looking forward to exploring the NEK, while weather permits, and then to a good long winter of cross-country skiing, knitting, and potlucks.

Rachel Deonigi

AmeriCorps Farm-to-School Coordinator

Rachel Deonigi joined GMFTS in the fall of 2018, as an Americorps Farm-to-School Coordinator. Her role with GMFTS is to work directly with schools and students, to help strengthen a connection to food, to the seasons and cycles of the agrarian year, the farming community in the NEK, and to better understand how the choices we make in our meals can foster a healthier lifestyle. To accomplish these tasks, Rachel utilizes place-based and experiential education and coordinates with schools to provide students with time to work in their school gardens, nutrition and cooking workshops, taste tests of the Vermont harvest of the month, and local farm field trips. Rachel has her B.S. in Environmental Studies from Northern Arizona University, where a biology course with a lab portion working in the campus garden allowed Rachel to experience the Zen-like benefits of weeding and harvesting. Since graduating in 2014, she has spent her time either teaching Environmental Education in California, leading wilderness trips in Yosemite, or working on organic farms. To stay grounded, Rachel enjoys taking long slow runs, striking up conversations with new people, and long phone calls with old friends.


Hope Colburn


Glover, VT

David Stackpole

Board Chair Emeritus

Stowe, VT

Steve Wright

Newport, VT

Merlin Backus


Westfield, VT

Colleen Moore de Ortiz

Newport City, VT

Steve Breault

Ogden, QC

Dr. Thomas Moseley

Newport, VT

Dr. Katherine Sims


John Castle





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.

Read More

Vermont 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.

Read More

Green Mountain Farm Direct

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

Read More

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.

Read More


Join GMFTS for our 2nd Annual Giving Day!

Don’t see a level that works for you? No worries, give what you can, and we’ll be sure to put it to good use! Click here to give


Join us in our effort to build healthy communities through food and education.


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 Sophie Westover at swestover@gmfts.org or call 802-334-2044.

Internship Opportunities

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:

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 ccusack@gmfts.org.


Employment is available in the following areas:

Finance Coordinator 5.10.2019

Position: Finance Coordinator
Job Type: Full-time, regular, non-exempt
Location: Newport, VT

Position Description
The Finance Coordinator is responsible for executing the financial activities of the organization using Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and in compliance with state and federal regulations. To succeed in this role, an ideal candidate must have a good understanding of payments, the accounting process, and budgeting, be proficient in QuickBooks or other accounting applications, Microsoft Office applications, particularly in Word and Excel, detail-oriented, organized, and self-motivated with strong math and computer skills

The Finance Coordinator is responsible for:
Payroll Duties
● Processing payroll and all related activities; including calculating taxes, retirement plan contributions and health insurance
● Reviewing the Employee Handbook on an annual basis, tracking accumulated CTO & personal time and keeping staff informed of accrual procedures; ensuring compliance with state and federal law.
● Plan work program to meet payroll schedules.

Accounts Receivable Duties
• Processing, verifying, and posting receipts for goods sold or services rendered.
• Researching and resolving account discrepancies.
• Obtaining information from program managers to ensure records are accurate and complete and that accounts receivable ledgers and journals are up to date.
• Performing administrative and clerical tasks, such as data entry, preparing invoices, sending bill reminders, filing paperwork, and contacting clients to discuss their accounts.
• Generating reports and statements for internal use.

Accounts Payable Duties
• General ledger journal entries and credit card and bank account reconciliation.
• Internal credit card reconciliation.
• Accounts payable invoice and data entry.
• Handling payments in an organized and timely manner.

Reporting, Budgeting and Maintenance
● Reconciling bank accounts monthly and preparing statements for review.
● Assist executive director in working with CPA on tax return preparation.
● Generating tax forms for employees, vendors, and clients.
● Assist executive director in preparing analysis and materials for Finance Committee meetings.
● Supporting executive director in providing fiscal activity information for programmatic questions, planning and grant management.
● Providing fiscal administrative support for all fundraising activities.
● Reviewing and maintaining accounting policy and procedures manual annually.
● Ensuring compliance with GAAP and requirements for other funding sources.
● Provide general operational and administrative support to the organization, as necessary.

· Degree in accounting or relevant field preferred
· Experience in non-profit accounting
· Knowledge of QuickBooks and Excel, or another accounting application
· Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple time-sensitive tasks with minimal supervision

Compensation: This is a full-time position (40 hours/week, Monday- Friday) with salary range $33,000-$35,000.00 commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package including paid time off, employer-sponsored healthcare and supported wellness initiatives.

To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to jobs@gmfts.org. No phone calls please. Position opened until filled. EOE.

Green Mountain Farm-to-SchoolFood Hub Logistics Manager
Position Description
Green Mountain Farm-to-School seeks a dynamic, mission-driven food systems professional with strong business and organization skills to support the growth and operations of our food hub. The Food HubLogistics Manager will develop, manage, and grow the operations and systems of Green Mountain Farm Direct (GMFD), a project of Green Mountain Farm to School. GMFD is a growing regional food hub focused on improving access to fresh, affordable, high-quality Vermont food for people living in the most rural areas of Vermont. GMFD serves an area known for its rich agricultural landscape, independent thinking, and community-mindedness. Our farmers have generous spirits and our customers value the connection we foster with their neighbors who grow and produce the food they eat. Green Mountain Farm Direct (GMFD) is a regional food hub distributing local food to schools, institutions, and other sales outlets in northern Vermont. GMFD works with over 30 local farms to provide a variety of local foods including apples, meat, vegetables, grains, eggs, and dairy. Annual sales are approximately $400,000. The Food Hub Logistics Manager reports to the Executive Director. The Food Hub Logistics Manager will:
● Manage the daily operations including accurately receiving and processing customer orders, responding to customer inquiries, coordinating with distribution partner and vendors, generating and distributing weekly product list.
● Coordinates with distribution partner regarding inventory management and distribution errors.
● Act as primary point of contact for order logistics and distribution, including fielding and resolving customer/producer issues.
● Build and maintain relationships with schools, farms, senior meal sites, restaurants, grocers, other institutions, and collaborators in local food distribution.
● Maintain & update GMFD website.
● Maintain and update weekly product availability for Green Mountain Farm Direct online ordering platform.
● Provide technical assistance referrals for customers and vendors.
● Participate in strategic planning process for Farm Direct, prioritize actions based on best fit with program’s mission and on potential to ensure long term viability.
● Create and implement training, professional development, and special events for buyers and farmers.
● Develop and implement evaluation tools; collect, analyze, and report data for program evaluation.
● Data tracking, analysis, program planning.
● Schedule and facilitate external and internal team meetings.
● Collaborate with GMFTS Finance Coordinator on matters related to accounts payable and receivable, follow-up with customers and vendors as needed.
● Organize implementation of promotion and marketing campaigns for food producers and local food.
● Plan and organize annual series of on-farm community dinners.
● Provide general operational and administrative support to the organization, as necessary.
● Organize and implement Harvest of the Month production planning with producers and customers

Required Qualifications
● Previous sales experience and knowledge of the area preferred.
● Knowledge of local food.
● Technologically literate with strong computer and internet skills. Proficient in Microsoft Office.
● Attentive to detail; Good organizational skills and record keeping.
● Strong knowledge of veggies, fruits, dairy, meats, value-added products and other locally-produced foods preferred.
● Reliable private vehicle. Mileage tracked and reimbursed at company rate.
● Cheerful, professional presence.
● Interest in and ability to adapt to changes in evolving business, be creative, and jump in where need to optimize operations.
● Desire and willingness to work as part of a team.
● Ability to interact with customers in a friendly and professional manner in demanding and fast-paced environment.
● Self-starter who can work independently.
● Flexible; able to prioritize and manage workload in an evolving work environment.
● Ability to follow directions.
● Demonstrated ability to establish effective and productive working relationships with co-workers and individuals/groups with diverse interests and perspectives
● Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Food Systems, or related field required or equivalent experience

Preferred Qualifications
● Existing relationships with food producers in Northern Vermont.
● General knowledge of the sustainable food and agriculture sector.
● General knowledge of purchasing regulations and/or business development, especially in the food sector.
● Familiarity with geographical area of northern and central Vermont.
Compensation: This is a full-time position (40 hours/week, Monday-Friday) with salary range $35,000-$38,000.00 commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package including paid time off, employer sponsored healthcare and supported wellness initiatives.

To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to jobs@gmfts.org. No phone calls please. Position opened until filled. EOE. About Green Mountain Farm-to-School Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) is a dynamic nonprofit organization promoting the health and well-being of Vermont’s children, farms and communities. Our programs connect schools and farms through food and education. We do this by building school gardens, delivering local food to schools and institutions, and educating the community about healthy food choices. GMFTS is a fast growing and exciting place to be, with a number of initiatives that support employee health and wellness. To learn more about GMFTS’programs and initiatives, please visitwww.greenmountainfarmtoschool.org.

AmeriCorps Farm to School Coordinator

This position is part of the Lyndon Economic opportunity AmeriCorps Program (LEAP). LEAP is a national service program that places AmeriCorps members with non-profit organizations throughout the NEK of Vermont to support those organizations in expanding their services that many communities rely on. LEAP supports their members in their path to educational and career attainment through direct service, on-going trainings, and professional development opportunities offered during the service year. Position dependent upon LEAP federal funding.
The primary responsibilities of the AmeriCorps Farm-to-School Coordinator will be to develop, grow, present, and evaluate GMFTS’ Farm-to-School Programs. This is a full-time year-long AmeriCorps position. The Farm-to-School Coordinator reports to the Farm to School Program Manager.

GMFTS FTS Coordinator -Typical weekly schedule (1)

GMFTS FTS Coordinator, 2019-2020



No Events on The List at This Time


We are thankful to the community of friends who have generously supported Green Mountain Farm-to-School and our work to promote the health of Vermont’s children, farms, and communities between July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018.