Emily Shipman

Em Shipman, Executive Director

For as long as Em can remember she has been committed to growing community. She believes that joyful, resilient communities prioritize children and the planet. Em is a passionate advocate for both and believes that garden-based learning and hands-on, place-based education are powerful tools for growing a better world.

Em has 15 years of leadership experience working for nonprofits such as the Sustainable Food Lab, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, KidsGardening, the Upper Valley Waldorf School, and the Vermont Foodbank.

She holds a B.A. in Public Policy and Anthropology from Hobart and William Smith College and an M.S. in Nonprofit Management from Marlboro College Graduate School.

Em has also worked as a professional gardener and garden designer and spends all of her free time (and then some) digging in the dirt.

Em lives in Vermont with her two young boys. She currently sits on the leadership board for the School Garden Support Organization Network. She also chairs her local school board's school forest committee and her town beautification committee. Em is a veteran volunteer and fundraiser for her local children's science museum.