Congratulations to today’s winner, Valerie Woodhouse, one of our Outstanding Women of 2022!
Nominated by Rebecca Zopf
“Valerie continues to explore opportunities to service the community through her farm and even hopes to someday unify her two passions, social work, and farming, by opening a farm-based therapy program. If anybody embodies the Vermont spirit, it would be her.” – Rebecca Zopf
Valerie’s Outstanding Achievements Include:
- Working for the Howard Center in a transitional house for women coming out of incarceration helping them reintegrate into the community. The program worked on supporting these women in getting jobs, reuniting with families and building a healthy lifestyle.
- Starting Honey Field Farm in Norwich, producing organic locally grown crops through a community based lens.
- Collaborating as a local farmer with local agencies and organizations like Willing Hands, Vermont Food Bank and NOFA-VT Farm Share Program to address food insecurities for Vermont residents.
- Creating greenhouse pop-up markets offering local farmers, bakers, artists and makers a spot to market their goods to their community.