Jim’s sharpest passion has been protecting this earth. This inspired publications on energy consumption and insulation in addition to coordinating a passive solar greenhouse conference in the late 70s. After a stint at Greenpeace “corporate” in the early 80’s including some time on the Rainbow Warrior – he has continued to write and advocate for the environment while professionally working as a problem solver as businesses quickly adapted from internet systems to the world wide web. Dabbling in politics, constant learning and writing, while working with his local communities to push for energy conservation have kept him inspired. His strength is systems and we are excited at PVF to have him putting his mind to streamlining some of our operations. Look for his letters at VT Digger, the St. Albans Messenger, and news of his current projects around creating healthy soil, especially use of Johnson-Su compost. Do you know a site to host some trial work on this!? Check it out – reach out!
Amber is a member of the community of Highgate, a graduate from the UVM department of Animal Sciences and a lifelong Vermonter. She has been the dairy herd manager for Boucher Family Farm for over a decade — a dream job that has given her the opportunity to develop her small herd of registered Guernsey cattle, work in on farm dairy processing, and milk and care for a herd of about 200 cows — often with her two children in tow. Aside from her love of farming she is also passionate about being involved in her community, adventuring in the outdoors of Vermont, learning, growing food with her family and living a homesteading-ish life with her husband, Aaron. She first worked with Pumpkin Village Foods when she was marketing cream-top milk, cultured butter and buttermilk and is now pleased to be a small part in a different capacity which allows her to contribute to the local food system.
Land has risen to join us straight from the soils of Lost Nation – his home might just be equidistant from Flack Family Farm, Does’ Leap, and VT Cranberry Company. His beard belies his age, but perhaps indicates his deep interest in history. Thoughtful and soft-spoken yet confident and wise he’s been holding down the long driving days of Friday and Monday with relative ease. It is no easy task. He is a brown belt in Karate helping teach classes weekly in Fairfax. His interest in youth activities also manifests in teaching snowboarding on the weekends at Smuggler’s Notch. When it comes down to it, Land is a cat person, though he has spent a good many weeks house sitting for people with dogs…. Is this TMI? It’s just one big family here…
Sam has returned to VT from the big mountains, wide open spaces (and universal health care) of British Columbia via a few months of rock climbing in Mexico. Now he’s exploring his home state in a new way on his dirt road bicycle (and mt. bike… and skis… and feet) in search of the good life (the best things in life are free). His attention to detail and systems maintenance are greatly strengthening the service that Pumpkin Village Foods North participates in as one link in the chain of connecting producers to pantries. He’s proof that the next generation is ready to teach and lead those of us stuck in the old ways. Let’s embrace new perspectives and look for solutions, not problems.
Seth’s role in VT is to help with sales (kind of) and get products cued up to leave the PVF Global Headquarters with Sam on Friday mornings… In his free time he works at Green Wind Farm as a long term unpaid intern. Tasks include weeding, fence repair, animal herding, and erosion control.
Better than a minivan, this Freightliner allows us to move more goods to you with precision temperature control. Political endorsements included.
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