A native Manhattanite, Vera came to Shelburne Farms inspired by its wide-reaching network-building programs integrated with the farm’s working landscape, restaurant, and cheesemaking – many of Vera’s favorite things. Prior to joining Shelburne Farms, Vera completed a three-year fellowship with the pioneering food services company, Bon Appétit Management Company where she worked with top management to support the company’s initiatives for large-scale food systems change through her research and communications work. Vera managed, co-researched, and co-wrote the most comprehensive report on the state of farm labor today, the Inventory of Farmworker Issues and Protections in the United States, which has been recognized by the New York Times and other publications. Vera has a B.A. in Global Ethics from Carleton College and a Certificate in Ecological Horticulture from the University of California Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. Vera’s articles on food and agriculture have appeared in Civil Eats, Triple Pundit, and Beliefs and Values. Her photographs have been selected for publication in Seattle Magazine, Edible East Bay, and FoodDay.org, and her work has been highlighted in Grist, the Chicago Tribune, and Inside Higher Education. You can find Vera tweeting on and off the farm at @shelburnefarms and under her own handle, @veralchang.