Vera Simon-Nobes coordinates program development and communications for the Farm-Based Education Network, a free member network established to strengthen and support the work of educators, farmers, and community leaders providing access and educational experiences on working farms. She also works with a team of Shelburne Farms education staff and other partners to plan agricultural education professional development. On the Farm, Vera assists with family programs and summer camps, and keeps tabs on exciting developments in Vermont’s agritourism community. She connects farmers and educators from Vermont and beyond with resources to help them enhance their farm-based activities.
Vera grew up in Vermont, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont. From 2009 - 2011 she lived in San Francisco and volunteered with La Cocina, a community space that cultivates low income food entrepreneurs as they formalize and grow their businesses. She also organized cooking and nutrition classes in limited-income communities as an AmeriCorps service member for the Cooking Matters Bay Area program. Upon returning to Vermont, she co-organized NOFA-VT’s Winter Conference and the 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, and helped manage the NOFA-VT Farm Share Program. Vera is passionate about community, experiential learning, kids, and food access. She serves on the Slow Food Vermont Board, and is a contributing columnist for her hometown paper, the Charlotte News. She runs a small farm in Charlotte with her partner, Michael.