Vermont FEED Project Director
Local Purchasing Programming
Abbie Nelson is the Education Coordinator of NOFA Vermont and the Director of Vermont Food Education Every Day (VT FEED), involved in all aspects of local purchasing and professional development of school food service. She has been a teacher for over 20 years in regular and special education, and worked on an organic vegetable and flower farm. As part of NOFA Vermont and a VT FEED partner, she works in Vermont schools linking food, farm, and nutrition education. Her role has been focused on school food by connecting kitchen managers with local farmers, helping farmers with agricultural education on their farms, training school food service personnel, and teaching school staff how to introduce new foods to students.
Vermont FEED Program Director
Local Purchasing Coordinator
Amy has spent the past thirteen years working to transform school food. As an Education Specialist with the National Gardening Association she developed curriculum, published educational guides and traveled the country leading professional development programs on school gardening. As a farm to school coordinator and consultant, she has worked with multiple schools sourcing local food and fostering educational opportunities for students. As Project Coordinator for the recent Green Mountain Healthy Kids Challenge, Amy spent a year collaborating with schools and child care centers to identify promising practices in nutrition, nutrition education and physical activity. Amy is passionate about connecting people, especially kids, to their food and tirelessly seeks opportunities to plant, harvest, cook and eat with as many people as possible.
Ethan's passion for farming and sustainable agriculture led him to WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) in Europe and New Zealand, to work on a local diversified farm and most recently, to work on the wood's crew of a large-scale maple sugaring operation where he discovered his love of Vermont's sweetest product. In his spare time, he operates a small sugar bush with three other partners on Elmore Mountain and enjoys thinking about the possibilities of applied permaculture on his family's 25 acres in North Chittenden.
Northeast Regional Co-Lead for National Farm to School Network
Dana Hudson works for Vermont FEED on special Farm to School projects. She was raised on her family’s farm in Maryland and has over 15 years of experience working on food, farming and education issues. She has a Bachelors in Environmental Analysis and Planning and a Masters in Environmental Studies – focused on Agriculture Education and Nonprofit Administration.
Dana has facilitated farmer to school relations throughout the state of Vermont. She led in the project management of the initial 3 years of Burlington School Food Project, highly successful multi-partner farm to school initiative in Vermont’s largest city. She is an adjunct faculty at Johnson State College and has run graduate level professional development courses on farm to school throughout the state, as well as farm-based multi-day seminars and workshops for farmers from all over the US and Canada. She is a founding and current board member of the Farm Based Education Association.