Sustainable Agriculture Faculty

Louise Calderwood

Email: lcalderwood@sterlingcollege.edu

Phone: 802-586-2239

Louise Calderwood has spent ten years as a regional dairy specialist for UVM Extension followed by eight years as Vermont’s deputy secretary of agriculture. In addition to teaching at Sterling, she provides government relation services to agricultural organizations, conducts project development, researches and prepares grants for individuals and businesses, and provides farm business planning services through the Vermont Farm Viability Enhancement Program and Success on Farms. Read more


  • Bachelor’s Degree—University of Vermont: Animal Science, 1983
  • Master’s Degree—Virginia Polytechnic Institute: Dairy Science, 1986
  • PhD Candidate—North Carolina State University: Physiology, 1988
  • PhD Candidate—University of Vermont: Animal Science, 1998

Gwyneth Harris

Email: gharris@sterlingcollege.edu

Phone: 802-586-7711 x118

Gwyneth Harris has a background working and teaching in agriculture for the past 15 years, and it has always been a part of her life. Since getting her first goat at the age of four, she has been hooked on learning more about how and why people produce food. Read more


  • BS, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 1998

 Charlotte Rosendahl

Email: crosendahl@sterlingcollege.edu

Phone: 802-586-7711 x109

Charlotte Rosendahl, PhD,  is originally from Denmark and came to the US as an exchange student the senior year of her Bachelor of Science in Agronomy. She taught at several other universities around the United States, and came to Sterling College in 2009.

Rosendahl feels her teaching style fits nicely with the mission of Sterling College—working hands, working minds. “All my classes have a large hands-on component to support the concepts learned in class,” she says. “We spend nearly half of our class time outside or in the lab depending on the time of the year and the class being taught.” Read more


  • PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,University of Minnesota, Minnesota, 2003
  • MS in Agronomy, The Royal Veterinarian and Agricultural University, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1996
  • BS in Agronomy, The Royal Veterinarian and Agricultural University, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1994

Rickey Glen Thomas

Email: rthomas@sterlingcollege.edu

Phone: 802-586-7711 x151

Rick Thomas arrived at his current occupation—that of a horseman—through a series of unique circumstances that lead him to truly believe in fate. His passion for horses extends back to his childhood growing up in the presence of his grandparents in hardscrabble Oklahoma; dirt farmers who endured the Great Depression and maintained an uncanny positive outlook on life, love, and farming which he believe was a result of what Timothy Egan calls “those worst, hard times.” Thomas says, “I love the work of a farm with the seasonal rhythm, the extremes of emotion—joys and celebrations coupled with heartbreak and frustration often in the same day—working in harmony with something much larger than me helps puts life into perspective.” Read more


  • Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science, Northern Arizona University, 1992
  • Certified Journeyman Farrier, Maryland Horseshoeing School, 2000
  • Masters of Education, Ohio University (in progress)