Susan Littlefield – Horticulturist
Susan has been gardening since grade school, when, much to her father's dismay, she convinced her mother to let a neighboring farmer plow up half the backyard so she could grow vegetables. Since then she’s continued to enjoy food gardening, along with growing flowers and woody plants to create landscapes that feed the eye and nurture pollinators and other wild creatures.
After furthering her interest in plants and the natural world with degrees in biology and plant and soil science from Middlebury College and the University of Vermont, she has served as ornamental horticulturist for the Vermont Extension Service, worked in both the wholesale and retail nursery industries, been a garden writer and editor, and worked as horticulturalist for the National Gardening Association. The parent of two now-grown children, she knows firsthand the important role gardening plays in cultivating curious minds, healthful bodies, and environmental stewardship in children.