Gwyneth has been gardening for as long as she can remember, and got her first livestock (a goat named “Creamy”) at the age of 5. Thirty-five years later, she still finds limitless opportunity for creativity in farming, and is honored to be able to work in a place where she can learn as she shares her knowledge and love of all things agricultural and food related–whether with her students at Sterling, with other farmers, or with her boisterously enthusiastic boys (ages 7 & 9, and already keepers of two horses, several ducks and chickens, and a pair of white homing pigeons).
At home, Gwyneth and her family milk a small herd of dairy cows, five Percheron horses, and other miscellaneous livestock. They raise a variety of meats, sell raw milk, and work the woods and fields with horses. Gwyneth has worked since high school at a wide variety of farms, and has coordinated several agricultural outreach programs, including the Vermont Pasture Program. She also ran the MOFGA Certification Program for Organic Dairies, for a short while.
|B.S. Plant and Soil Science||University of Vermont|
|Keynote Speaker, 1st Annual Maine Grass Farmers' Association Lessons from the Vermont Grass Farmers' Association"|
|Horse Grazing Basics, 2005, UVM Cooperative Extension Workshop, Manchester, VT.|
|Vermont Grazing Conference, 2007, "Challenges and Opportunities of Grazing Horses"|
|Harris, G., editor. 2004. Vermont Grass Farmers' Association Directory of Grass Fed Products For Sale, 2nd Ed.|
|Harris, G., R. Gilker, B. Greene. 2011. Seeking Balance: Elements of a Successful Horse Grazing System. University of Vermont.|
My dream for Sterling College is to be able to inhabit a campus that doubles as a fully integrated agroecological system, providing at least 50% of our campus food needs, meaningful work opportunities, and a collaborative living laboratory for all our academic programs.
Three Books You Recommend?
- The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook, Richard Wiswall, Exploring Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems.
- The River Cottage Meat Book, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Summer Integrated Farming Program.
Cows Eat Weeds, by Kathy Voth, Summer Integrated Farming Program.