Who We Are
Kerrie Mathes | Event Co-coordinator
Kerrie joins us with a long history in professional cooking, catering, and event planning. She is passionate in her volunteer work in the community and schools schools with gardening and cooking connecting children to food education, nutrition, and sustainability. She lives in Burlington, VT with her husband, children and two cats looks forward to gardening whenever possible.
Livy Bulger | Event Co-coordinator
Livy Bulger hails from Southern Maine and first fell in love with Vermont in 2008 when she came to UVM to study environmental studies and food systems. While at UVM, Livy discovered that good food was a central tie to all people, cultures, and lifestyles and knew it would be what would drive her life's work. Livy has seven seasons of organic vegetable farming under her belt, as well as experience starting a Farm to School program and connecting low income communities with locally produced foods. Most recently, Livy lived and worked in Portland Maine with New American farmers interested in pursuing agricultural livelihoods. In her free time, Livy loves canning and preserving, jumping into oceans and lakes, and traveling. Livy lives in Hinesburg with her partner Nick.
Betsy Rosenbluth | VT FEED Project Director
After a brief stint working in aquaculture on the Red Sea, Betsy realized that policy and governance issues were more of a calling than cultivating shrimp. She spent a decade with the City of Burlington directing its sustainable city initiative, neighborhood programs, and waterfront development. Betsy helped launch the Burlington School Food Project and Burlington’s Sustainable Schools Project. With VT FEED, she helped draft and pass Vermont’s first farm to school bill. Betsy also served as Director of Projects for the Orton Family Foundation overseeing community planning projects, evaluation, and capacity building in towns throughout New England and the Rocky Mountain West.
As VT FEED’s Project Director, Betsy provides leadership, vision, and coordination to advance its mission. Her work includes fundraising, communications, partner relations, and general management in coordination with the VT FEED Program Director. Betsy provides backbone support to the Vermont Farm to School Network and to the Northeast Regional Steering Committee of the National Farm to School Network.
Betsy lives with her family in Burlington where she walks down to Lake Champlain for the sunset whenever she can.
Abbie Nelson | VT FEED Program Director
If you’ve grown, cooked, or tasted kale in a Vermont school cafeteria, chances are Abbie had something to do with it. Abbie has been a teacher for over 20 years and formerly worked on an organic vegetable and flower farm. She now works on improving school food by connecting kitchen managers with local farmers, helping farmers offer agricultural education on their farms, training school nutrition professionals, and teaching school staff how to introduce new foods to students.
Through VT FEED and NOFA-VT, Abbie serves as a statewide school food system consultant and trainer, helping statewide partners increase local purchasing and access to local and regional foods in schools and other institutions. She also offers professional development for school nutrition professionals. Abbie works extensively with the Farm to Plate Network and the Vermont Farm to School Network. She also serves on the Leadership Team of Farm to Institution New England (FINE) and is the co-coordinator of the VT School Nutrition Association’s professional development committee.
Abbie lives in Essex, VT with her husband and has three grown children. She loves cooking, a variety of physical activities, and listening to mysteries on CD on her many sojourns around the state.