The Healthy Roots Collaborative (HRC) is an emerging, regional food systems program supporting the growers, producers, and consumers in Franklin and Grand Isle County. Healthy Roots provides programs and services for both consumers and producers in the Northwest Corner of Vermont that focus on food education, access and infrastructure. We envision a healthy Northwest Vermont with a community rooted in a strong agricultural economy with thriving farms, where all are connected to and nourished by local farms and food.
“Our team is made up of local food lovers, farmers, advocates, health enthusiasts, adventurers, and teachers. We love to connect so please feel free to reach out!”
Johanna manages Farm to Institution and Gleaning Programming for the Healthy Roots Collaborative. This includes food initiatives at Northwestern Medical Center, working on Farm to School initiatives with the Farm to School Coordinator, and coordinating the Healthy Roots Gleaning Program. In addition, you can find her sourcing local product for events and businesses, maintaining our network of diversified producers, working with our grant writer on funding opportunities, and developing new Healthy Roots programming. She believes healthy local food is preventive care that everyone should have access to. She is currently enrolled in a nutrition program to compliment her work in local food systems.
Koi manages Farm to School and Gleaning for the Healthy Roots Collaborative. This includes working closely with our Farm to School Coordinator, Rachel Huff to build vibrant farm to school programs across Franklin and Grand Isle and coordinating the Healthy Roots Gleaning Program. When she is not working with schools or in the fields gleaning produce, she supports Healthy Roots strategic planning, fundraising and new program development. Koi has a rich history of supporting local food systems in Vermont and believes that access to fresh local foods and connections to farms can transform the health and vitality of our communities.
Farm to School Coordinator
Rachel is our Healthy Roots Farm to School Coordinator. She has been involved in VT farm to school efforts since 2008. Her priority as a farm to school consultant is to engage youth and their families in the local food system, supporting a culinary and cultural shift to whole, healthy, local food. During the school year she helps guide local food purchasing by school chefs and food service managers, leads gardening and cooking activities, and after school program. She sees farm to school as an opportunity to get more kids eating healthy food and provide our schools with meaningful, hands-on learning experiences.
Hannah is our Healthy Roots Gleaning Coordinator. She is with us seasonally, just before the start of the growing season and into the fall! She works with our farmers in Franklin & Grand Isle Counties, bringing groups of volunteers into the fields to harvest excess veggies and fruits through our Gleaning Program. She works closely to distribute gleaned product to our charitable recipient sites and ensures high-quality produce is reaching communities in Northwest Vermont. In her free time, you can find her biking alongside Lake Champlain and in the kitchen whipping up her seasonal favorites.
The Healthy Roots Collaborative was founded by partner organizations who advise the HRC projects and programs. These partner organizations include: