Nancy Everhart - American Farmland Trust

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Nancy Everhart

Agricultural Director, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board

Nancy Everhart is the Agricultural Director for the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB), where her work is focused on farmland protection broadly: conserving working farmland, improving environmental stewardship of those lands, supporting the economic viability of Vermont’s working landscape, and facilitating transitions to new farmers. Since joining VHCB in 2001, Nancy has applied for and managed annual federal grants through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for farmland conservation easements – approximately $60 million to date. Nancy serves on Vermont’s NRCS State Technical Committee, the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) Advisory Board, and on the Steering Committee of the Vermont Ag Water Quality Partnership. She serves as the Vice-Chair of the Payment for Ecosystem Services Working Group, established by the Vermont Legislature in 2019. She sits on the Steering Committee of the National Agricultural Lands Network (newly formed by the American Farmland Trust). She is the current President of the Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions, a small non-profit devoted to supporting local conservation efforts. Prior to joining the staff at VHCB in 2001, Nancy owned and operated a small-scale, organic-certified diversified dairy in Marshfield, Vermont. She and her husband continue to raise 100% grass-fed beef on the farm. She received a B.A. in American History from Harvard University in 1980, and is a 2011 graduate of the Snelling Center Vermont Leadership Institute.