About

Mara Welton: Board Chair

Mara Welton co-owns and operates 2-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, enthusiasm for the process of seed to plate, exciting and educational event planning and general good organizational skills, and an ability to trust and empower her fellow board members to keep Slow Food Vermont always engaging. 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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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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Elizabeth Cullen: Membership Director

Elizabeth Cullen is the owner of Root Consulting and Director of Advertising for edible Green Mountains.  Beth moved with her family from Brooklyn to Burlington in 2011, aspiring to apply her traditional business skills to farm and food enterprises. To balance her love of cooking and dining out, Beth enjoys hiking, rock climbing and snowboarding. Beth is the Membership Coordinator for Slow Food Vermont.

 

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Chris Wagner: Farmers Market & Regional Captains Director

Chris Wagner is the Market Manager for the Burlington Farmers Market as well as the Executive Chef at the Willard Street Inn in Burlington. During the summer months he also works part time at Half Pint Farm in the Intervale. Chris is not a native Vermonter but he got here as soon as he could, moving to Burlington in 2004. Chris has always been surrounded by food and cooking but never truly appreciated the connections that food has and can create until moving to Vermont and getting involved with the Vermont culinary and agriculture scene. He became involved in Slow Food Vermont in 2010 and in 2011 joined the Board.  He is the Regional Captain Coordinator and is spearheading the Earth Market project for Burlington. Having three jobs doesn’t leave a lot of free time but when he’s not working, he’s exploring some back roads of Vermont with his dog, Thalia.

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Ann Janda: Marketing Director

Ann Janda owns Mini Marketing Consulting, where she develops marketing solutions for farms, small businesses, food producers, and non-profits dedicated to a healthy, sustainable food culture in Vermont. Ann also loves cooking, gardening, and sharing meals with friends. She is a huge fan of Thai food, which luckily she can cook herself or enjoy at her favorite restaurant, Tiny Thai. Ann and her husband, Philip, brew beer, can pickles, jams, and sauces, and constantly strive for the ideal pizza crust. Ann is the marketing guru for Slow Food Vermont.

 

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Maureen "Mort" Deaner: Snail of Approval Director

Maureen, who also goes by the nickname ‘Mort’, is an engineer at Renewable NRG Systems. Mort grew up gardening and cooking with her grandmothers in upstate NY.  Since then she has lived in various states throughout the country and learned to appreciate the regional delicacies.  Moving to Vermont 12 years ago, she has joined the localvore scene with excitement by participating in farmers markets, CSAs, gardening, bee keeping, and traditional, real food preparation.

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Vera Simon-Nobes: Partnerships Co-Director

Eating sweet cherry tomatoes off the vines was Vera’s favorite summer past-time as a child, and really, not much has changed.  Her father’s creative cooking and gardening inspired her to get to know food, and her interest in social justice brought to pop-up kitchens throughout the San Francisco Bay Area as an AmeriCorps member coordinating cooking and nutrition and classes in limited-income communities. Upon returning to Vermont, she co-coordinated the NOFA Vermont Winter Conference, helped out with the Vermont Farm Share Program, and today she is a shared employee between Shelburne Farms and the Vermont Farms! Association where she coordinates a three-year “Vermont Farms Agritourism Project” and the Farm-Based Education Network.  At home, Vera raises pastured lamb and chicken with her partner, Michael.

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Andrea Solazzo: Partnerships Co-Director

Andrea’s life long passions for cooking, eating, sharing and growing healthy food is rooted in her families Italian kitchens and backyard vegetable gardens! Andrea currently operates Burlington Food Tours and the Global Cultivation Program, where she develops international agricultural volunteer trips abroad. Recently, she managed a local farmers market and has worked on international climate change and food sovereignty issues with UN affiliated organization, GCAP. Over the past ten-years she has worked on several organic farms in Vermont and abroad, ranging from a community garden project in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco to a cheese-making apprenticeship at a homestead in Northern Vermont. In her free time Andrea can be found exploring the beautiful nature of Vermont, attending potlucks in the Old North End, making herbal tinctures in her tiny kitchen and listening to her ever expanding record collection. She is very excited to be on the board of Slow Food and part of the movement for just food systems in Vermont.

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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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