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Who We Are
Salvation Farms is a federally recognized, not-for-profit organization driven by a mission to build increased resilience in Vermont’s food system through agricultural surplus management.
We carry out our mission by fostering collaborative, cross-sector partnerships that create efficient management practices for Vermont’s farm surplus through the engagement and utilization of available resources, skills and knowledge.
We are deeply rooted in the philosophy that farms are, were and always will be our salvation; small diversified farms are the cornerstones and centerpieces of healthy, wholesome and stable communities and cultures.
Salvation Farms is a proactive resource management organization driven by a vision to increase community food security, food independence, food access, food equality and food resilience in Vermont. We are building an innovative management system for the bounty of our state’s agricultural surplus. By engaging Vermonters with their local farms and food system we will ensure that Vermont grown food is available to everyone.
Our programs facilitate statewide connectivity of the capture and movement of agricultural surplus fruit, vegetables and meat in Vermont, making them available to institutions and individuals who currently have limited access.
1. Creating an agricultural surplus clearinghouse to capture and facilitate the movement of Vermont’s agricultural surplus fruit, vegetables and meat to make them available to institutions (such as hospitals, nursing homes, schools, correctional facilities) and general public who are in need of charitable assistance in meeting basic nutritional needs; and
2. Developing and educating the general public about programs, systems and policies enhancing and supporting community food security, particularly for members of the general public and institutions in need of assistance to meet basic nutritional needs.
Theresa has worked in Vermont’s agricultural/horticultural sector for 15 years. She founded Salvation Farms in 2004, receiving both regional and national awards. Her Sterling College degree is in Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management. Theresa has worked with well-known Vermont agricultural businesses like Pete’s Greens, High Mowing Organic Seeds and has served as Director of Agricultural Resources for the Vermont Foodbank. Theresa has also served on the boards at Laraway Youth and Family Services and Rutland Area Farm and Food Link, and with the New England Grassroots Environment Fund small grants committee. Theresa has a steadfast conviction for the responsible stewardship and use of our natural resources. Theresa enjoys traveling, hiking, gardening, music and spending time with friends and family.
After a year of serving with Salvation Farms as an AmeriCorps VISTA member, Julia is thrilled to continue with the organization to help support program growth for both the Vermont Commodity Program and Vermont Gleaning Collective. Originally hailing from Massachusetts, Julia has recently received a M.A. in Sustainable Development from SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, with a focus on non-profit management and social entrepreneurship. Prior to her time at Salvation Farms, Julia has worked at a small-town co-op, inner-city preschool, and on a 45-acre organic farm, helping to organize the washroom, CSA pack-out lines, and weekend farmer's markets. In her free time, Julia enjoys cooking with all of Vermont's bounty and learning how to garden.
Community Relations Coordinator
Marcella began her new position in December 2016, bringing the experience of three years in varied roles with Salvation Farms and a continued excitement to support the use of Vermont's surplus crops. She has several seasons of practice in gardening and farm education, most recently through coordinating school gardens at Laraway Youth and Family Services. She is energized by the potential for a robust gleaning network and large-volume management system to add strength and resilience to Vermont's food system. Marcella enjoys playing French horn and riding her bike.
Vermont Commodity Program Director
Thomas brings a wealth of agricultural, management and community networking experience from over 20 years of organic vegetable farming and the operation of his own business, Arethusa Farm, in Burlington’s Intervale. Most recently he was working for the Intervale Food Hub as the Packing House Supervisor. Thomas is excited for the opportunity to participate in creating more resilience in Vermont’s food system by building community through the job skills training program and increasing food security by processing large volumes of agricultural surplus product. He is invigorated by the prospect of connecting with people on many levels of the Vermont food system through this cutting edge work. In his free time Thomas likes to appreciate the natural world of Vermont with his family though outdoor activities such as back country skiing, hiking, camping and paddling around in his canoe. He enjoys cooking, food preservation, and fermentation while spinning records on his turn tables.
South Royalton, VT
Laurie Beyranevand is the Senior Faculty Fellow for Food Law and Policy at the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) and a Professor of Law. She has directed major grant funded projects for CAFS, included one specific to gleaning. Laurie's research and scholarship focuses on the connections between food and health. She joined the board of Salvation Farms to help support the organization’s innovative work to strengthen Vermont’s food system.
Susan has spent her life as an educator, working with ages from pre-school to adults, in schools, workshops, higher education and community settings. She currently consults for Vermont Birth to Five, a non-profit with a focus on high-quality, affordable early care and education. Susan's multi-generational connections to food come through her mother (an excellent cook), her husband (a trained chef), and her three children (all foodies). In addition to Salvation Farms, Susan supports other organizations focused on food including: Lamoille Community Food Share, Hunger-Free Vermont, and the Vermont Foodbank. She is a core organizer for MoCo, a start-up food cooperative in Morrisville.
Joe Bossen, Treasurer
Joe Bossen, owner of Vermont Bean Crafters and partner in All Souls Tortilleria, brings to the board business development experience and a dedication to food-system change centered on regional approaches to staple foods' cultivation and celebration. Joe's been involved with growing, post-harvest processing, and creating value-added products for retail, foodservice, and institutional markets around New England. The work and mission of Salvation Farms is a natural extension of Joe's current vocation, managing surplus as a means to mitigate waste while abetting increased equity and access to nourishment for our neighbors.
Jean Hamilton, Secretary
Jean Hamilton’s passions for food, agriculture, and community development have taken her on diverse journeys across the food value chain - from farm fields, through kitchens and dining rooms, and out to conference halls and board rooms. Currently, Jean supports farm and food businesses as a consultant with projects ranging from marketing and branding strategies, supply chain development, financial benchmarking, and grant writing. In 2012, Jean studied Business Management at SDA Bocconi in Milan Italy, earning a Masters Degree in Food and Beverage Management. Jean holds a BA in Environmental Studies/Religion from Middlebury College.
Wells River, VT
Chip has been working on farms or farming on his own for 35 years. He has also been a partner in a horse logging and rough cut lumber business, stonemason, carpenter and teacher. Presently he is raising livestock on his small farm in Wells River, VT and does itinerant slaughtering and processing. He is also a State Representative, serving since 2008. Chip has a BA in English and a Masters in Teaching. He has a long standing interest in the local food movement and in particular in getting local food into school lunch programs and has been a Salvation Farms board member since March 2014.
Avram has been a resident of Central Vermont since 1970 and of Worcester since 1989. He is presently a consultant in the areas of energy, non-profits and cooperatives. In 2014-2015 he was a State Representative for the Lamoille-Washington district where he served on the Health Care Committee. Avram retired in 2013 after over 16 years as General Manager of Washington Electric Co-op, where he was involved in WEC’s pioneering efforts in energy efficiency and renewables. He held the appointed position of Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity and other Agency of Human Services positions from 1987-1997, where he oversaw anti-poverty programs operated by community-based organizations, including food & nutrition and weatherization. He is presently on the Board of Trustees of Goddard College. Past board memberships include: Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, Plainfield Selectboard (Chair), Hunger Mountain Co-op (Council President), Vermont Community Development Board, Vermont Foodbank and National Association of State Community Services Programs. He sings and drums in Vermont’s finest and only klezmer band.
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April 2017 Guest Post in UVM Medical Center Blog
March 2017 Interview with our Executive Director Theresa Snow on Present Time at WBTV LP, 99.3 FM
March 2017: Article about gleaning in Vermont in Basement Medine, a publication of Johnson State College
February 2017: Article in Stowe Reporter on "naturally beautiful" produce highlighted at Vermont Farm Show
December 2016: Announcing our Fresh Produce Needs Report
December 2016 - Video and Recap of a panel discussion on food waste on The Dish - a series organized by The Intervale and City Market Coop
December 2016 TV Segment: UVM Extension's Across The Fence
October 2016 Agri-View article on Vermont Commodity Program launch
October 2016 article in Business Vermont covering our Vermont Commodity Program Launch
October 2016 feature in Vermont Farm to Plate Food Atlas on our Vermont Commodity Program
October 2016 feature article in VT Digger on our Food Loss Study
October 2016 article in Lancaster Farming covering our Food Loss Study
September 2016 press release on our Vermont Commodity Program Launch
September 2016 feature in the Stowe Reporter about Meals on Wheels & Salvation Farms
August 2016 article in the Stowe Reporter on our Food Loss Study
August 2016 TV story on ABC Local 22 discussing our Food Loss Study
August 2016 VPR segment discussing our Food Loss Study
August 2016 coverage of our Food Loss Study in VT Digger and the Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
July 2016 TV story on NBC Channel 5 about Rock Art Brewery's re-issue of the Humble Harvester to benefit Salvation Farms
July 2016 Burlington Free Press article announcing our new Vermont Commodity Program Director and Winooski location
July 2016 Alternet lineup of "58 Organizations Fighting Food Waste Around the World"
May 2016 feature in Edible Green Mountains Magazine
May 2016 coverage in Times Argus on our spinach glean for Feeding the 5000s NYC, also covered in Brattleboro Reformer
April 2016 feature story in Seven Days: "Salvation Farms' Programs Turn Surplus Into Plenty"
April 2016 shoutout of Rock Art Brewery's special release, the Salvation Farms Humble Harvester
April 2016 announcement: Salvation Farms receives Merchants Bank grant to fund the Vermont Gleaning Collective website
March 2016 Burlington Free Press article about Barber Farm in Jericho growing food for donation, and Salvation Farms' support of the initiative
March 2016 letter to the editor in Seven Days: thanks to Deb Kremkecke for the Salvation Farms shoutout!
February 2016 announcement of our Food Loss Study in Times Argus, as well as in Stowe Today, on the Farm to Plate Atlas, and VT Digger
Early 2016: Vermont Law School Gleaning Report, a publication of the National Gleaning Project featuring contributions from Salvation Farms
Fall 2015 Sustainability Briefing from UNH's Sustainability Institute - we were one of seven featured in a new series on climate change
November 2015 article by New England Grassroots Fund: on the fundamentals of why we glean
October 2015 article, VT Digger, discussing the season's apple gleans and the evolution of the Vermont Commodity Program
September 2015 announcement, Stowe Today: benefit concert at Moog's Place in Morrisville and Rock Art Brewery's Humble Harvester
August 2015 shoutout in Shap Smith's gubernatorial run announcement
June 2015 call to action in Stowe Reporter: donors needed for $10,000 matching challenge - granted for the second summer in a row
May 2015 announcement in Stowe Reporter of the awarding of $20,000 for a joint project between Meals on Wheels and Salvation Farms
March 2015 article in VT Digger, originally in Stowe Reporter, covering implications of legislature's proposed closure of SE State Correctional Facility
Winter 2015 article in Cornell Small Farms Quarterly
January 2015 mention by Nation Swell featuring our work at SE State Correctional Facility
January 2015 post by Concept 2 summarizing donations Salvation Farms received through their annual Rowing Challenge
January 2015 article in The World featuring Community Harvest of Central Vermont
Fall 2014 article in Local Banquet magazine featuring Salvation Farms' work at SE State Correctional Facility
Fall 2014 VYT newsletter featuring Marcella and Laurel
November 2014 blog post mention by High Mowing Organic Seeds (The Seed Hopper)
October 2014 article in Stowe Reporter featuring Rock Art Brewery's benefit brew, the Humble Harvester
October 2014 announcement in Stowe Today for our 2014 Moog's Place benefit concert
October 2014 article in Valley News featuring our partnership with the Vermont Law School
August 2014 article in VT Digger describing progress toward fundraising goal to renovate building at SE State Correctional Facility
May 2014 announcement by Vermont Council of Rural Vermont and another in VT Digger about launch of the VT Gleaning Collective online platform
May 2014 article in The Bridge (Montpelier) announcing Community Harvest of Central Vermont
February 2014 blog feature in The Trash Blog
December 2013 blog post feature by High Mowing Organic Seeds (The Seed Hopper)
November 2013 article in Barre-Montpelier Times Argus featuring the work at Southeast State Correctional Facility
Fall 2013 announcement in VT Digger for our 2013 Moog's Place benefit concert
September 2013 article and video (also on right) in Burlington Free Press AND Vermont Public Radio, featuring gleaning by incarcerated work crews
June/July 2013 article on the global issue of food waste in National Kiwanis Publication (page 36)
May 2013 blog post by Rutland Area Farm & Food Link (Harvest Watch, printed in Rutland Herald)
Spring 2013 interview with Salvation Farms' director in The Small Farm Quarterly, Cornell University
November 2012 cover article in Lamoille County Transcript that highlights Salvation Farms
November 2012 Brattleboro Reformer: "Food for the hungry: Salvation Farms teams up with the Harlow Farm"
October 2012 Sunday feature article in Rutland Herald & Times Argus
November 2012 coverage highlighting our Vermont Commodity Program potato packing pilot in partnership with the Department of Corrections:
Video: Vermont Governor, Peter Shumlin’s Blog
Radio: Equal Time Radio
Fall 2012 article by Gardener’s Supply Company featuring Salvation Farms
July 2012 online article featuring Salvation Farms
May 2012 cover story in Rutland Herald Environmental Section