The Healthy Roots Collaborative (HRC) is a regional food systems program supporting the growers, producers, and consumers in Franklin and Grand Isle County. Healthy Roots provides programs and services for both consumers and producers in the Northwest Corner of Vermont that focus on food education, access and infrastructure. We envision a healthy Northwest Vermont with a community rooted in a strong agricultural economy with thriving farms, where all are connected to and nourished by local farms and food.
“Our team is made up of local food lovers, farmers, advocates, health enthusiasts, adventurers, and teachers. We love to connect so please feel free to reach out!”
Koi manages Farm to School and Gleaning for the Healthy Roots Collaborative. This includes working closely with our Farm to School Coordinator, Rachel Huff to build vibrant farm to school programs across Franklin and Grand Isle and coordinating the Healthy Roots Gleaning Program. When she is not working with schools or in the fields gleaning produce, she supports Healthy Roots strategic planning, fundraising and new program development. Koi has a rich history of supporting local food systems in Vermont and believes that access to fresh local foods and connections to farms can transform the health and vitality of our communities.
Farm & Food Business Coordinator
Christine manages Farm and Food Business Support for the Healthy Roots Collaborative. This includes connecting growers and makers to new markets, providing grant writing and business plan assistance, marketing assistance and providing education/community building opportunities. Christine’s background is in farming and value-added products and as Farm and Food Business Coordinator, her priority is to find the best ways to support the growers and makers in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties so that we can continue to build a vibrant, sustainable economy.
Farm to School Coordinator
Rachel is our Healthy Roots Farm to School Coordinator. She has been involved in VT farm to school efforts since 2008. Her priority as a farm to school consultant is to engage youth and their families in the local food system, supporting a culinary and cultural shift to whole, healthy, local food. During the school year she helps guide local food purchasing by school chefs and food service managers, leads gardening and cooking activities, and after school program. She sees farm to school as an opportunity to get more kids eating healthy food and provide our schools with meaningful, hands-on learning experiences.
Peter Jenkins coordinates the year-round Healthy Roots Food Access and Gleaning efforts. In the off season, Peter works on Farm to School efforts for Healthy Roots. Peter has a passion for working at the intersections of education and agriculture. He has a background in environmental education, program coordination, and farming. As Gleaning Coordinator, his priority is building strong relationships with farmers, volunteers, and produce recipient sites. Peter believes that access to healthy food is a human right and is dedicated to connecting more people to good food and to our local farm economy.
The Healthy Roots Collaborative was founded by partner organizations who advise the HRC projects and programs. These partner organizations include: