Northshire Grows started as a grassroots network, built to knit together Manchester and the Mountains' food producers, businesses and community members who all shared a common interest in our local food economy and its potential.

Five years later, Northshire Grows Inc. is a newly registered nonprofit organization that focuses on community engagement around food, land based economic development, and, the heartbeat of it all, Farm to School programming.

Liz Ruffa has led this effort from its inception, using her network development and outreach skills to fuse an increasingly solid regional food system in Southwestern Vermont.  Knowledgeable in nonprofit governance and impact investing strategies, Liz serves on the Vermont Community Development Board and the Vermont Foodbank Board. She is also a Select Board member for the Town of Dorset.


The Board of Directors of Northshire Grows includes:

Donald Campbell, Bennington (VT Land Trust)

Brian Campion, Bennington (VT State Senator)

Jesse Pyles, Danby (Smokey House Center)

Liz Ruffa, East Dorset (Northshire Grows Inc.)

Linda Joy Sullivan, Dorset (VT Legislative Rep.)