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 supports food entrepreneurs, and organized cooking and nutrition classes 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. From 2012 - 2016, Vera raised livestock and coordinated events on a diverse farm in Charlotte. When Vera’s not at Shelburne Farms, she manages education programming at Philo Ridge Farm, and designs and sews leather goods for her business, Rhubarb Leather. Vera is passionate about community, experiential learning, kids, and food access.