Vanessa grew up near Albany, NY but spend much of her childhood exploring the Adirondacks. After college in NYC, she moved to Ithaca in 2005. She has been involved in the organic farm movement and has been doing farm to school work since 2008. She has also done community teaching around nutrition, food systems and art. Vanessa values people of all ages and really enjoys learning and teaching. Some of her favorite things include foraging, singing, Aikido, learning guitar, her funny yet loyal dogs, permaculture, and community. She loves nature, especially spring-fed forests as a place of connection.