Helen Rortvedt

Farm to School & Food Access Programs Director

Email: [email protected]

Extension: 7166

Helen leads our Food Access team, seeking to make local and organic food accessible to all Vermonters in both institutional and consumer settings. She serves as a Project Co-Director of Vermont FEED, a nationally recognized farm to school partnership program of NOFA-VT and Shelburne Farms. Helen also coordinates the Vermont Farm to School and Early Childhood Network. She works closely with school nutrition and institutional food service professionals, farmers, and other stakeholders across Vermont to support values-based local food purchasing in schools and institutions, and to forge strong connections between the cafeteria, the classroom, and the community. 

Prior to joining NOFA-VT, she served as the Executive Director at KidsGardening, working to advance the school and youth gardening movement across the country. She was also part of the founding team at Food Connects in Brattleboro, Vermont where she helped to establish and grow farm to school programs in southern Vermont with a strong focus on school nutrition programs and local purchasing. Helen is a graduate of St. Olaf College and holds an M.A. in Sustainable Development from SIT Graduate Institute. She can often be found daydreaming about her next overseas adventure and lives with her husband in the Old North End of Burlington, Vermont.