John Roberts, Executive Director
John immigrated to Vermont from Great Britain in 1974 after completing his college education with a BS degree in Farm Management. He managed Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont for nearly three years until the spring of 1977. At that time, John and his wife Lisa bought a 260-acre farm in Cornwall. Starting with 36 cows, they farmed until 2012. They grew the farm to 400 acres and 195 registered Brown Swiss cows and raised four children.
After farming, John worked for 6 ½ years for the Vermont Agency of Agriculture as a water quality specialist. John assumed the position of Executive Director of the Coalition at the beginning of June 2020. Over the years John has also been very active in his community as a Select Board member and in several state and national committee positions.