Josh Carter, MS 2005, and Sustainable Agriculture

josh carter

Inspiring and educating people about sustainable agriculture

Home:

Shelburne, Vermont via Canterbury, New Hampshire

Present Title:

Market Gardner, Shelburne Farms

His Passion:

Josh's passion is feeding his family, friends, and community, healthy and delicious organic produce. He also loves to inspire and educate people about sustainable agriculture and the stewardship of our natural resources especially soil health and composting.

Accomplishments:

Josh's accomplishments at Shelburne Farms are many. He has expanded education programs along with the Children's Farm Yard garden to meet education program needs and provide inspirational garden spaces for visitors. He built an education pavilion to host summer camps, field trips, and other public programs at the market garden. He started an on-farm composting operation of food scraps from the Inn to reduce the off-farm waste stream and help meet garden fertility needs. He helped start a farm share program to distribute garden produce, eggs, and cheese to staff and has played an integral role in maple syrup expansion, designing and building a new sugarhouse at the market garden. Aside from growing three acres of certified organic mixed vegetables, herbs, flowers, and berries, and cultivating shiitake mushrooms, he also added a laying flock and egg production to the market garden.

What Others Are Saying:

"Along with his strong work ethic, Josh is a great farmer and communicator," says Alec Webb, President of Shelburne Farms. "Under Josh's leadership the Market Garden has become an integral part of the Shelburne Farms sustainability classroom and campus. In addition to producing organic fruits, vegetables and flowers, the Market Garden also provides life-changing learning experiences for participants in summer camps, educator workshops, and school programs."

What Josh Says About EVST:

Josh says, "The EVST program helped me cultivate my passion for sustainable agriculture and place-based education. The coursework, faculty, students, and PEAS Farm inspire learning that promotes a healthful and just world rooted in stewardship and community."