Emily Shipman – Executive Director
Executive Director Emily Shipman joined KidsGardening.org in September 2016. She is responsible for ensuring that Kid’s Gardening creates ample opportunities for kids to learn through gardening, engaging their natural curiosity and wonder by providing inspiration, community, know-how, and resources.
Emily brings a wealth of experience, expertise, and enthusiasm to the position. Her past work has bridged many integrated areas, including community development, food and nutrition security, sustainable agriculture and food systems, and economic development.
Before coming to KidsGardening.org, Emily was program director at the Sustainable Food Lab, a global network of organizations facilitating market-based change for a sustainable food system. While there she worked with multinational food and beverage companies to bring more development benefits to smallholder farmers through sustainable trade. Emily was also on the development team at the Vermont Foodbank, where she raised funds through events, cause-related marketing, and high-profile sponsorships. Emily holds a B.S. in Public Policy and Anthropology from Hobart and William Smith College and an M.S. in Nonprofit Management from Marlboro College Graduate School.
Whether working with companies to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in the developing world, raising funds to ensure Vermont families do not go hungry, or organizing a local farmer’s market, Emily has kept food and agriculture close to her heart. She grew up in a farming community in rural New Hampshire and is an avid gardener. She can’t remember a single summer that didn’t involve wandering around barefoot picking and eating raspberries and sugar snap peas. Now as a new mom, she enjoys taking her son on nightly tasting tours of her backyard.
Emily believes that gardening and farming are fundamental to addressing some of the most pressing issues facing our world today.