Our work is driven by the skill and energy of our Team Leaders.
The success of VYCC is indebted to the highly motivated and committed young adults who take on the challenging job of leading crews.
VYCC carefully selects young leaders that ensure the safety of each Corps Member, effectively manage crew projects to meet the expectations and deadlines of project sponsors, build a positive crew community that reflects VYCC’s values, and support the learning and personal growth of each Corps Member.
Team Leaders complete a rigorous residential training program before Corps Members arrive. Classroom workshops and hands-on practice ensure competence in technical skills, risk management, first aid, safe driving, tool use and maintenance, group dynamics, discipline, meal planning, and Leave No Trace practices.
Crews are typically assigned one male and one female Team Leader. Once in the field, they are supported by VYCC staff through weekly call-ins, weekly visits including occasional overnight stays, and a 24/7 on-call system. Crews have access to a vehicle at all times and each location has a safety plan including how to access emergency medical care.
Have any questions? Contact our Farm Team Leader Supervisor, Andrew!
“I believe that the value we place on food, and our understanding of food systems, increases with the amount of time spent in the soil and that growing the food that sustains you is something that everyone should have the opportunity to experience.”
Aspen hails from the north woods of Minnesota, where she spent her days playing hockey, eating walleye, and exploring the many lakes of the region. After high school, she headed west to study Environmental Studies at the University of Montana. It was while living in Missoula, Montana that she developed an interest in sustainable agriculture and the human/land connection that is made through the practice. Now, having spent a few seasons working on various sized farms and gardens in Western Montana and the Hudson Valley of New York, Aspen is extremely excited to be joining the team at VYCC this season as the Production Project Lead. She is excited to learn more about how food security issues are being tackled in unique and innovative ways here in Vermont, as well as participate in a program that provides environmental education to youth in a hands-on way. In her free time, Aspen enjoys cross country skiing, rock climbing, writing, baking, cooking good food, playing guitar, and drinking milkshakes.
“I believe that everyone should have access to fresh, local food regardless of ability and socioeconomic status.”
Hannah is an Indiana native who grew up swimming, hiking, and playing in and around Lake Michigan. She graduated from Indiana University last May with a degree in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. Her love for sustainable agriculture blossomed over the past year after accepting a position at an urban farm in Chicago where she learned about the benefits of hydroponic farming. Hannah was beyond excited to move out to the lovely state of Vermont and start her position at the VYCC as the Post-Harvest and Sales Project Lead. She is looking forward to learning all she can about sustainable farming in Vermont and making an impact in the community. Through the Health Care Share, Hannah hopes to make a difference in the lives of her new neighbors. In her free time, Hannah loves to ski, run, and do pretty much anything outside.
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“I am inspired by the connection all living things have with one another, one cannot exist without the other. This connectedness pushes me to make the most of my life and cultivate meaningful relationships and experiences.”
Joining the VYCC with an open mind and an equally eager attitude; Connor, is a recent Graduate from Keene State College where he studied sustainability and Environmental Studies. He is passionate about building a strong sense of community, cultivating relationships and creating a deep connection with the land.
When he’s not leading young minds and getting his hands dirty on the farm, he enjoys being outside no matter the weather, eating good food, spending quality time with those he cares about and living life to its fullest.
“I believe that building relationships; with each other, with the land, with the flora & fauna, and to our own selves is the most important tool we have to see and create a more regenerative, social & ecologically just world.”
Sammy is so excited to be joining the VYCC Food and Farm team as a project lead this year! Her first job was on an apple orchard in upstate NY in High School and her relationship and commitment to growing food and cultivating a healthy food system have amplified since then. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 2016 after studying Food Systems and Statistics. She has spent the last two years living in the natural beauty of Northern California living in intentional communities, tending the land, and cooking delicious food inspired by the seasons and natural abundance of the gardens.
If you don’t find her on the farm or in the kitchen, Sammy is probably out dancing to live music, hiking, finding some water to jump in, or laying in the sun and reading.
I believe good food makes happy people!
Ezra is a proud Vermonter and happy to be back serving the communities he grew up in with the Health Share Initiative in the Food and Farm Program. Summers in between college in North West Pennsylvania, Ezra worked for a green roofing company in Boston and helped build energy efficient and net zero homes in Chittenden County. After graduating, he lived in both Mexico and Guatemala. In both places, he was working on organic farms, find solutions for food justice issues, and install permaculture projects all while also practicing his Spanish and eating endless tortillas! Because food plays such an important role in people’s lives, and the issues around access and production are much bigger than just the farmers Ezra is excited to be a part of the VYCC’s Food and Farm Program community. Ezra will be working in Newport at Bluffside Farm, a Vermont Land Trust property, to provide organically grown fruits and vegetables to the medical centers in the NEK. His goal is to promote good farming practices and a strong work ethic with the Youth he will be leading.
Ezra loves to cross country ski, and play pick up soccer and go swimming. Baking fresh bread with his sourdough starter is a new and exciting passion of his. He is wicked excited to be back living in Vermont and singing along to country music this summer!