Helen is NOFA-VT's Director of Programs, leading strategic collaboration across our various programs to advance our mission of building a Vermont agricultural system focused on people, land, and justice. Helen joined NOFA-VT in 2019 as the Farm to School Program Director and led the Local Food Access Team from 2020 to 2023. Prior to joining NOFA-VT, she served as the Executive Director at KidsGardening, working to advance the school and youth gardening movement across the country. She was also part of the founding team at Food Connects in Brattleboro, Vermont, where she helped to establish and grow farm to school programs in southern Vermont with a strong focus on school nutrition programs and local purchasing. She is a graduate of St. Olaf College and holds an M.A. in Sustainable Development from SIT Graduate Institute. Helen can often be found daydreaming about her next overseas adventure, and lives with her husband in the Old North End of Burlington, Vermont.