About Us

  • Program Staff

    Ela Chapin, Program Director 

    Ela ChapinEla has been the Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program Director since 2006, helping to improve the quality of program services and providing professional development opportunities to strengthen the network of agricultural service providers in Vermont. She has a MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University. Ela is also an avid gardener and dancer and lives in East Montpelier.

    Contact Ela by email using firstname [at] vhcb.org


    Liz Gleason, Program Manager 

    Liz has worked for the Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program since 2010. She coordinates partner organizations and consultants, enrollment, and program evaluations. She has a BA in Political Science from Williams College and has worked for a variety of farms and food-related non-profits in Vermont and Massachusetts. Liz fills her free time trail running, baking, and rock climbing.

    Contact Liz by email using firstname [at] vhcb.org

    Aaron Guman, Program Coordinator 

    Aaron joined the Farm and Forest Viability Team in August 2020. He manages VHCB’s grant programs for farmers and assists with program administration and the Food Hub Collaborative. Prior to VHCB, Aaron worked in affordable housing, grew grass-fed beef, and ran an edible landscape services company. He holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Naropa University. Aaron is passionate about perennial and regenerative food systems, enjoys cooking and exploring the woods, fields and waterways of Vermont.

    Contact Aaron by email using firstname [at] vhcb.org

    MARIAH NOTH, Outreach and Communications Coordinator

    Mariah NothMariah joined the Viability Program team in July 2019. She conducts outreach efforts, assists in enrollment, and leads our annual reporting. Mariah holds a degree in Community & International Development and Food Systems from the University of Vermont, and prior to joining VHCB, she worked as a community planner and in sustainable viniculture. Mariah is passionate about strengthening food systems, enjoys cooking and getting outdoors, and lives in Burlington where she and her partner have a budding apiary, ONE BeeTV.

    Contact Mariah by email using firstname [at] vhcb.org or by calling or 802-828-1098.

  • Advisory Board

    Alyson Eastman, Deputy Secretary, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, Chair
    Bob Baird, Baird Farm
    Abbie Corse, The Corse Farm Dairy
    Joan Goldstein, Commissioner, Vermont Department of Economic Development
    Colleen Goodridge, Goodridge Lumber
    Adam Grinold, Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation
    Sarah Isham, VT Agricultural Credit Corporation/VT Economic Development Authority
    Pete Johnson, Pete's Greens
    Chuck Ross, University of Vermont Extension
    Gus Seelig, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board