Bay Hammond Introduced as New Farm Manager                           BACK
Green Mountain College is pleased to announce Bay Hammond as the new farm manager for Cerridwen Farm, GMC’s nationally-recognized campus farm operation. As the new Farm Manager, Bay will oversee student education and labor on the college farm, including vegetable and livestock production, season extension technologies, fossil-free agriculture research, and the Community Commercial Kitchen.

Bay comes to GMC with a rich and diverse farming and nutrition background. Having grown up on a small diversified farm in Massachusetts, she has operated her own successful farms in Vermont for the past two decades. Following an early venture in vegetable production in her first operation, Marsh Hill Farm in Ferrisburg, Vt., Bay established Doolittle Farm in Shoreham, Vt., a diversified livestock and maple syrup operation now run by her children.

Long a mentor for new farmers—including numerous GMC students—and a much respected educator in animal health and welfare, Bay has also been a central figure in growing the agricultural economy in Addison County. A cornerstone of the Middlebury Farmers Market, Bay has served her community and fellow farmers in numerous leadership capacities throughout Vermont. She is also a veteran presenter at sustainable agriculture and homeopathy conferences, and is a certified Master Gardener and holds a BS in holistic health from Johnson State University. She also procured a grant from Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) for her innovative poultry management strategies, and she will provide significant expertise in maintaining Cerridwen Farm’s new Animal Welfare Approved certification, considered the gold standard of animal welfare programs.

Following an early career in nutrition education, Bay decided that one of the best ways to address nutritional concerns in her community was to begin producing healthy food through sustainable farming practices. Her knowledge of the interrelatedness of soil health, nutritional concerns, and community health will provide an important foundation for furthering the growth and refinement of Cerridwen Farm, while also increasing the volume and diversity of farm-fresh products for GMC’s dining hall and the broader Poultney community through the college’s CSA program. Bay will build upon the excellent work done by previous farm managers Kenneth Mulder and Tim Hughes-Muse, as well as Assistant Farm Manager Baylee Drown and Research Assistant Ben Dube. She will also participate in the College's innovative summer semester program -- The Farm to Table Intensive -- which this year will include a new course in culinary skills for cooking “local, fresh, and safe.”

We encourage you to stop by Cerridwen Farm to welcome Bay as she assumes her duties on January 1--or even sooner at the Farm Crew potluck at 5:00pm on December 17th! Thanks for all of your fine work in supporting this selection process, and special thanks to Ryann Collins, who did a splendid job in representing students as a member of our search committee.