Rachel Stein, Executive Director
Rachel Stein grew up knee deep in her mother’s garden learning to appreciate nature as a life-supporting web. She has enjoyed passing the love of gardening to her own children.
Rachel believes that all children deserve the opportunity to grow their own food, and be engaged in the garden. Ten years ago, Rachel left the corporate world to dedicate her energy to do just that.
In 2010, she co-founded Growing Great Schools, in West Hartford, CT, with the mission that students have access to local food, food education, sustainable gardening, and physical activity. In 2014, the West Hartford Teachers Association honored her with the “Citizen of the Year” award for her work building outdoor classrooms and creating curriculum to support teachers’ and community leaders’ efforts to get more kids in the garden. Over 4,000 kids benefited from this program within the first two years.
After moving to Vermont, she initiated and became director of KidsCookVT, where she taught children about social justice through learning about food. The kids gardened, cooked, and provided meals to their food-insecure neighbors.
Rachel’s business experience includes sales and sports marketing, creating national programs and developing strong relationships with her corporate sponsorship clientele. Her clients included Verizon, Anheuser-Busch, and PepsiCo.
She is completing her MEd. with a Curriculum concentration at St. Michael’s College, based in Colchester, Vermont. Rachel sings, swims, and runs any chance she gets. She shares her life with her husband, two daughters, 12 chickens, 3 barn cats and, beloved dog, Finn.