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Posted: February 18, 2013

Sarah Waring

Sarah Waring, Executive Director


February 11th marked Sarah’s first day as Executive Director for the Center for an Agricultural Economy and she started it among friends at the annual NESAWG conference in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Short for Northeastern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group,  NESAWG is a network of almost 500 organizations throughout the northeast stretching from Maine to West Virginia, that work on issues and policy surrounding sustainable agriculture in this region. Sarah was plunged headlong into discussions around food hubs, food systems, issues around race, gender and class in agriculture as well as connecting with dozens of peers among the 400+ attendees.

As challenging as that might seem, Sarah is well prepared for this type of interaction. Sarah was Program Director for the Farm & Wilderness Foundation, a 73 year old non-profit outdoor education organization, that oversaw more than 250 staff each summer and hundreds of campers. Prior to Farm & Wilderness, Sarah managed a comprehensive statewide campaign called Council on the Future of Vermont for the Vermont Council on Rural Development, where her facilitation skills were put to good use and she traveled the State, meeting and capturing conversations from thousands before writing and publishing a comprehensive historical marker for Vermont in the 21st century.

Beyond her strong person skills, Sarah has worked in the non-profit world in conservation, land use planning, and rural development, as well as for the Bureau of Land Management in Washington, DC helping to integrate social science methodology into federal natural resource management plans.

Born and raised in Glover, Vermont, Sarah earned her B.A. from Haverford College, and her M.A.A. from the University of Maryland. Although she has lived in various places on the East Coast and in the Rocky Mountains, Sarah is proud to call Vermont home.

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