“I’m interested in nutrition and health, and I want to incorporate that with local food and teaching people the importance of health and fitness.”
Kathleen Chappelear, ’15 is a sustainable agriculture major from Maplewood, N.J. She transferred to Green Mountain College this year from a college in Florida because, she said, “I realized I wanted to be at a college where students were interested in things other than themselves, and I wasn’t getting that.”
Kathleen was majoring in religion and anthropology, but she realized she was actually more interested in agriculture and being a part of the changing food system.
“My plan is to have my own diversified small-scale farm with a few animals and lots of fresh vegetables. I grew up in a more urban setting, but I was always dreaming of living on a farm and getting to spend every day outside in the dirt. I mean, how much better could it get?”
Her dream of working on a farm has already become a reality—she works at Bardwell Farm in nearby West Pawlet, Vt.
“We make raw aged goat cheese. It’s actually a large production; we sell our cheese to Whole Foods and restaurants all over the country. I have the potential for a job there when I graduate. My first day at the job the owner asked me how many years she could ‘keep’ me for.”
In addition to her schoolwork and cheese making, Kathleen is a student athlete. She is the captain for the women’s cross country team and competes on the women’s tennis team and is an active member of the strength and conditioning program. She also serves on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), which directs student athletes toward community-focused projects. She also devotes her time to volunteering with the Poultney United Methodist Church, helping at fundraisers and attending local events.
Looking toward the future, Kathleen aspires to combine her passions for fitness and farming.
“I don’t want to just have a farm. I’m interested in nutrition and health, and I want to incorporate that with local food and teaching people the importance of health and fitness. Also, I plan on continuing running. I get up at 6 a.m. every morning to go running before class.”