Goodbye Joyce, Hello Shana!
Before I say anything else, I want to say thank you.
For the past 7 ½ years, you have been my Intervale Center family. You are donors, volunteers, and Summervale-goers. You are farmers, restaurateurs, producers, and brewers. You are socially responsible business owners, barn dancers and tree-planters. Many of you can check multiple boxes!
What brings us all together is our shared belief that good food has the power to change the world. That strong farms, healthy land and clean water, and good food are essential to a fair, safe, and beautiful world for everyone. It has been my pleasure to work alongside you to take care of this one-of-a-kind place. To inspire others around the world by the very real vision of hope and peace we model here, together. And, of course, to celebrate food, farms and family with you every summer at Summervale. I will miss working with you.
In about a week, I’ll be leaving the Intervale Center to pursue some exciting new professional opportunities, as a fundraising consultant with Christine Graham and CPG Enterprises, and as Director of Advancement for The Curtis Fund, a scholarship fund for low-income and first-generation Vermonters. I’ll remain based in Burlington and I hope you’ll keep in touch.
But before I go, I’d like to introduce you to Shana Trombley, who will be taking over as Donor Relations Manager. You are going to love her—I’ve only been working with her for a few days, and already feel as though we’ve known each other forever. She comes to us from former Governor Peter Shumlin’s administration and she is smart, savvy and kind. We are so lucky to welcome her to the Intervale Center team.
See you at Summervale! We’ve got a great season lined up for you this year!
I've had a terrific first week getting to know the Intervale Center staff and learning more about our programs. It has been an eye-opening week in exploring the breadth of the Center’s work in sustainable agriculture and conservation. It has given me an opportunity to reflect on the vision, labor and perseverance that made the Intervale Center what it is today -- a thriving community of farmers, outdoor enthusiasts, foodies and conservationists.
The Intervale Center was founded on the belief that locally and sustainably grown food is an economic model that works for today and for tomorrow. Prior to joining the staff I thought of the Intervale Center as a dynamic organization supporting farmers in the Intervale, helping community members enjoy their products, and of course, as a weekly summer destination to enjoy music, eat great food and celebrate community at Summervale. And yes, Intervale Center is all that but so much more! I've discovered that this year, our farm and land programs are working in nearly every county in Vermont. The Conservation Nursery is planting 40,000 native trees along Vermont's rivers and streams to protect water quality this year. And through the Intervale Food Hub and Intervale Gleaning and Food Rescue Program we are bringing the best food in the world to Vermonters, regardless of income.
I am eager to meet the donors and volunteers who visualized what the Intervale Center could become, and through hard work, partnerships and donations, have realized this vision. I'm also keenly aware of the unique moment we are in - on the precipice of the Intervale Center's 30th. I'm looking forward to meeting you and envisioning the next 30 years of the Intervale Center!
Donor Relations Manager