Faculty in Ecology

Farley Brown (at left) with a student.

Farley Brown (at left) with a student.

Farley Brown ’85

Email: fbrown@sterlingcollege.edu

Phone: 802-586-7711 x156

Farley has had a connection to the land since she was young, through her family business, the Farley Lumber Company, and exploring the woods in the suburbs of New Jersey. “I have always questioned how we make land use decisions and who gets to make those decisions. Most importantly, how can we become the best stewards of the land?”

Her passion for the land led her into the nonprofit field where she served as the executive director of both Vermont Woodlands Association and Vermont Coverts:Woodlands for Wildlife for several decades. She has worked with landowners, logger, and legislators throughout Vermont helping to protect the working landscape and wildlife habitat. She has witnessed the growth of the land conservation movement in Vermont over the past 25 years.

Farley started teaching ¬†ecology at Sterling College and several state colleges in 1989 as a adjunct faculty member and came to Sterling full time in 2006. Her connections around the state provide many opportunities for Sterling students, both in the classroom as well as in the professional world. “It is a great joy to now work with Sterling College alums in the conservation field.”

“In order to be stewards of the land, we need to understand our historical and current relationships to the natural world and each other,” she continued. “Sterling College courses and our community provide us with opportunities to explore these relationships, uncover the complexities of our natural world and society, and discuss the many environmental issues that we face today.”


A.A. Natural Resource Management, Sterling College

B.A. Liberal Arts, Sarah Lawrence College

M.S. Natural Resource Planning, University of Vermont


Vermont Forestry Leadership Award, 1991, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation and University of Vermont Extension Program

Vermont Coverts: Woodlands for Wildlife Award, 2010


Brown, F. and Farley, V. (1987). The Mad River Valley Rural Resource Protection Project, Vermont Land Trust.

Town plans for local Vermont communities: Craftsbury, Brownington, Victory

Hardwick Lake: Today and Tomorrow, Northern Rivers Land Trust (2013)