Noelle Sevoian: VAAFM’s Newest Agricultural Development Coordinator

Originally a flatlander from Southwest CT, Noelle has made her way to Vermont and is calling it “home”. In 2008, Noelle received a BS in Global Business and Management from Suffolk University in Boston, MA. For a short time she worked at a web company and focused on social-media marketing, but decided to migrate north in order to attend grad school. This spring, Noelle completed her MS in Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont. Her focus was on “Farm to Institution” marketing, studying the supply chain of mid-sized produce farmers in VT, and identifying gaps, barriers, and opportunities in order to expand their market to VT institutions, such as hospitals, correctional facilities, colleges, universities and senior centers. Thesis research took her throughout the state, as she interviewed farmers, distributors, and institutions. Not surprisingly, in the process, she fell in love with Vermont’s scenery, economy, and culture. Noelle has decided to stick around in hopes of being called a “local” one day.Noelle loves running and, with her deep love of the outdoors, is a four season runner with her yellow lab, Jack. She can also be found on the ski slopes, hiking Camel’s Hump, or out on a Friday nights listening to live music. Regarding her new role at VAAFM as an Agricultural Development Coordinator, Sevoian says, “I am so excited to be here. Everyone is extremely welcoming, and being part of the Working Lands Initiative is something I am proud of. I am ready to work hard with my team to see this initiative succeed.”