About

Grace Meyer

Growing up on a 100 year-old apple orchard and sheep farm in Essex, Vermont, meant an early appreciation of Vermont-grown food for Grace. As the Communications and Membership Coordinator for the Vermont Fresh Network, Grace works with a network of Vermont’s most innovative culinary and agricultural professionals to advance the local food system and share the stories of Vermont-grown food. Outside of the office you can likely find Grace volunteering at the Food Shelf, checking out a film, taking in Vermont’s breathtaking beauty with her dog Millie, or freestyle cooking and gardening.

 

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Ren Weiner

 

Ren Weiner is addicted to food, foraging, gardening & making people smile. She has traveled all over, but currently makes her home in Winooski, Vermont. Ren pays her rent by providing sourdough, hyper-local doughnuts for her community and is known to spend her free time collaborating on food justice projects and teaching kids how to make pie! This is Ren’s first autobiography… she is great!

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Barrie Silver

Barrie has been a member of Slow Food Vermont for over five years and has enjoyed numerous guided tastings (from heirloom tomatoes to honey, and from carrots to chocolate) at farmer’s markets, “Summervale” celebrations, and other events. She attended (and ate her way through!) Terra Madre/Salone Del Gusto in 2012.

Thanks to Slow Food Vermont she discovered ‘Umami’ and is looking forward to many more seasons full of delicious and educational potlucks, classes, and tastings! As SFVT’s Director of PR and Social Media, she’s also looking forward to helping to promote good, clean, and fair food by spreading the word about Slow Food in Vermont — and beyond.

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Ann Cromley - Board Chair

Ann Cromley is a 2015 graduate of the University of Vermont. Majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics, Ann likes to geek out about good, clean, fair food and how it works with the body in a wholistic way. At UVM, she was a key leader of the Slow Food campus chapter, helping to bring the joys of the Slow Food movement to students! Hailing from Pennsylvania, she has found her home now in Vermont…forever! Her dream is to make a difference in how children grow up learning about food and nutrition, and as an avid Alice Waters fan, she sure is in no deficit of inspiration!

Ann represented the Slow Food Youth Network at Terra Madre 2015, and very successfully had her mind and palate blown away! While not in the kitchen or at a potluck, Ann enjoys running, cycling, stargazing, yoga, and exploring Vermont in the summer time! Go visit her at Stone Soup in downtown Burlington and she’ll give you free treats :)

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Chris Howell - Board Vice Chair

Chris Howell runs Vermont Farm Tours, a culinary tour outfit based in Burlington.  He came to Vermont in 2001 to study geography and sculpture at Middlebury College and fell in love. Chris is an avid community gardener and co-founder of Grow Team ONE, a series of gardens in Burlington’s Old North End.  His passion for sharing Vermont’s agricultural story has it’s roots in a trip to Terra Madre in 2006: Carlo Petrini, founder of Slow Food, addressed food producers from around the world, “Your story—the one we can taste, touch, smell, and see—is one of the most valuable assets to humankind.”  Whew!  When he’s not leading culinary tours around Vermont, Chris works as a carpenter, plays outside, and makes art.  Chris is the Vice President for Slow Food VT.

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Pam Chomsky-Higgins - Secretary

After growing up in central Vermont and leaving at eighteen looking for bigger and better things, Pam Chomsky-Higgins spent over thirty years working with children as a classroom teacher. She has returned to Burlington to work with educators all around the state to support them in developing and refining their instructional skills in the area of literacy. Pam loves to cook, to try new and interesting ingredients, and to search out and support local growers and producers. Because of her background in education, she has enjoyed sharing her food related knowledge and experiences with others in a variety of forums. Pam has a wonderful circle of friends with the same interests so cooking together is a special and frequent occurrence. She has such admiration for the farmers and producers of exquisite food here in Vermont. She has found that many “bigger and better” things can be found right in her own backyard. Pam is Secretary on the Slow Food VT board.

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David Morgan: Treasurer

David Morgan is the founder and owner of Slow Hand Malting, a craft malt house supplying brewers, distillers and specialty food producers with malted grain sourced from growers in Vermont and neighboring states. Inspired by the unique food culture he experienced during a two year Peace Corps assignment in West Africa with his wife, David joined Slow Food Vermont to support local food systems here at home and now serves as Treasurer on SFVT board. He is a beekeeper, an avid gardener with a penchant for cooking, canning and home brewing. When he’s not satisfying his cravings for ethnic foods of all kinds, he can be found cycling, Nordic skiing and exploring Vermont’s many gorgeous lakes by paddle board.

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Evan Girard - Membership Director

The diversity and depth of Slow Food and its Youth Network are what attracts him to the movement. Evan moved to Vermont in Fall 2014 for the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board’s AmeriCorps program. Prior, Evan spent much energy helping to build a foundation for a sustainable slow food revolution as a student at the University of New Hampshire, establishing partnerships, launching community initiatives, and campaigning for the Real Food Challenge (how he met fellow board member Ann Cromley). He gives credit to the Real Food Challenge for making him truly thankful for the hands that feed him. He feels nourished when his hands are in the soil and then holding onto his bicycle handlebars while delivering the bulk of his community garden harvests to local food pantries. Evan is excited to get to know SFVT membership and hear how they feel celebrating good, clean, and fair food helps to build a fair and just food system in VT.

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Martha Franklin: Regional Captain Central Vermont

Martha Franklin is a Chef Instructor at New England Culinary Institute. Her passions are cooking, learning and teaching others about local sustainable food…which is a perfect match for her at home or work! She is a huge  follower of  the “eat local” mantra and is excited to reflect the importance of this while teaching.  Along with gardening, supporting local farmers, vendors and businesses, she is also an avid reader and is always searching for new exciting recipes to incorporate into her work or home life.  Martha is the Regional Captain for Montpelier, VT.

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Stephan Cantor: Regional Captain Northeast Kingdom

Stephan Cantor owns and operates Deep Mountain Maple, a maple farm business, together with her husband Howard Cantor. Since 1985 the Cantors have sold their maple products in New York City at the Union Square Greenmarket and other Greenmarkets around New York, and they have been proud to be part of the tremendous growth of farmer’s markets nationwide. They strive to represent Vermont well every week, year round with delicious maple syrup and fine maple candies. Stephan lives and works in West Glover, in the heart of the Northeast Kingdom and at the heart of some of the most exciting things happening today in pursuit of better food systems and of food that is good, clean, and fair. She is an anthropologist by inclination and training, whose scholarly interests are focused on food culture and the histories of foods and food ways, including maple sugar. Stephan has been affiliated with Slow Food USA since 2000, when she led a maple Tasting Event at the first convocation of Slow Food New York. Since then she has been a delegate to Terra Madre (2010), and is currently very excited to energize Slow Food in northeastern Vermont as Slow Food VT’s Northeast Kingdom Regional Captain.

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Mara Welton: Slow Food USA State Governor

Mara Welton co-owns and operates 2.5 acre Half Pint Farm with her husband Spencer in Burlington’s Intervale. Mara farms because she loves good food – and started her specialty veggie farm in 2003 to provide Vermont with locally grown niche produce. Mara loves that farming keeps her grounded, inspired, and eating the best possible food everyday! Mara brings to Slow Food Vermont a passion for food and traditional foodways. Her enthusiasm for the process of seed to plate, exciting and educational event planning and general good organizational skills contributed to Mara’s leadership style during her 8 year tenure as Slow Food Vermont’s Board Chair. She is happy to transition to the role of Slow Food State Governor, liaising between Slow Food International, Slow Food USA, and Slow Food Vermont. When Mara is not farming, she is: running, experimenting in the kitchen, reading about food, snuggling with her dachshunds, traveling abroad, speaking at conferences, entertaining, and pining for the growing season.

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