About Vermont Grass Farmers Association

We are dedicated to furthering the use of managed livestock grazing to create healthier soils, cleaner water and financially and personally sustainable farms.

Organizational goals include:
• Enhancing soil and water
• Building farmer‐to‐farmer connections
• Upholding the viability and resilience of Vermont’s livestock farms.

Each year, the VGFA elects a Board of Directors which manage the budget, oversee member activities and outreach, help organize the annual grazing and livestock conference, and represent grass-based livestock farmers at the state and regional level as Vermont’s Grazing Lands Partnership steering committee.

2018 Board of Directors:

President – Niko Horster, Shire Beef, Vershire
Vice-President – Bruce Hennessey, Maple Wind Farm
Treasurer – Benneth Phelps, Dirt Capital Partners
Secretary – Steve Schubart, Vermont Cattle Company

Matt Choiniere, Choinere Dairy Farm
Steve Coteus, Tarrant, Gillies & Richardson
Carol Degener,
Liz Gleason, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board – VT Farm and Forest Viability Program
Seth Itzkan, Soil4Climate
Christine Lazor, Butterworks Farm
Noel Perriello, Shelburne Farms

UVM Pasture Network Liaisons
Jenn Colby and Kimberly Hagen

Executive Director – Meghan Sheradin – meghan[at]vtgrassfarmers.org