By the age of three, Calderwood had developed a fascination for any animal with hooves. Fortunately, when she was 17, Calderwood stumbled upon a pair of brothers who owned a dairy farm and they kindly indulged her interest in learning how to milk. This quickly evolved into a realization that farmers are wonderful people.
After college, she 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.
She, her husband Randi, along with their sons Douglas and Andrew, own Echo Hill Farm Maple Products, producing maple syrup and value-added maple products for the wholesale and retail market. She enjoys gardening, travel, skiing, and participating in combined driving events with her Morgan gelding.
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
John C. Finley Award for agricultural leadership, 2001
State Winner, Communications Award, National Assoc. of County Agriculture Agents, 1997
Achievement Award, National Assoc. of County Agricultural Agents, 1993
Keith Tupper Award for Service to Vermont farmers, 1992
Meritorious Service Award, UVM Extension System, 1991
Vermont Farm Bureau Young Farmer’s Discussion Meet, 1989
Sigma Xi Award-Outstanding Master’s Thesis, VPI, 1987