Keynote Speakers

Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben

Founder, 350.org

Bill McKibben is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org and the Schumann Distinguished Professor in Residence at Middlebury College in Vermont. He was a 2014 recipient of the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel,’ and the Gandhi Peace Award. He has written over a dozen books about the environment, including his first, The End of Nature, published 30 years ago, and his most recent, Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
Frances Moore Lappé

Frances Moore Lappé

Author, Diet for a Small Planet

Frances Moore Lappé is the author or coauthor of nineteen books, including the three-million copy Diet for a Small Planet. Her latest work is Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want, coauthored with Adam Eichen, focusing on the roots of the U.S. democracy crisis and how Americans are creatively responding to the challenge. Frances is co-founder of Oakland-based Food First and the Cambridge-based Small Planet Institute, which she leads with her daughter Anna Lappé. The recipient of nineteen honorary degrees, Frances has been a visiting scholar at MIT and U.C. Berkeley and in 1987 received the Right Livelihood Award, often called the “Alternative Nobel.”
Tom Newmark

Tom Newmark

New Chapter, The Carbon Underground, Finca Luna Nueva Lodge

Tom Newmark was CEO of the dietary supplement brand New Chapter, which was acquired by Proctor & Gamble in 2012. Since that time Tom has focused on environmental activism with specific attention on regenerative agriculture. Tom is the co-owner of Finca Luna Nueva Lodge, a farm and ecolodge in the mountainous rainforest of Costa Rica that teaches regenerative agriculture. www.fincalunanuevalodge.com He is the co-founder and board chair of The Carbon Underground, co-founder of the Soil Carbon Initiative and a founding member of that standard’s Design Team, past board chair of the Greenpeace Fund USA, and a founding member of the Leadership Council of the Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems at California State University – Chico. He is also the past board chair of the America Botanical Council, publisher of the peer-reviewed journal HerbalGram. In his past he was also a corporate attorney and entrepreneur, from which he claims to be recovering.
Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D.

Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D.

Biologist, Author, and Cancer Survivor

Biologist, author, and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. writes about climate change, ecology, and the links between human health and the environment. Steingraber has been named a Woman of the Year by Ms. Magazine, a Person of the Year by Treehugger, and one of 25 “Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” by the Utne Reader. Recognized for her ability to serve as a two-way translator between scientists and activists, Steingraber has keynoted conferences on human health and the environment throughout the United States and Canada and has been invited to lecture at many medical schools, hospitals, and universities–including Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, and the Woods Hole Research Center. She has testified in the European Parliament, at the European Commission, before the President’s Cancer Panel, and has participated in briefings to Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency, and before United Nations delegates in Geneva, Switzerland. Interviews with Steingraber have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Rolling Stone, Outside Magazine, on National Public Radio, CBS News, “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” and “Bill Moyers & Company.”

Summit Speakers

Dave Cohen

Dave Cohen

Founder & Director, VBike

Dave Cohen is an integrative psychotherapist in Brattleboro, Vermont (davecohencounseling.com) specializing in approaches in mind/body modalities and ecopsychology. He is also the founder and director of VBike (vbikesolutions.org), an advocacy organization focusing on introducing and educating Vermonters on new bike design and technologies for everyday bicycle transportation. Through a unique state contract, VBike provides free bike consultations for state residents, a program that was recently featured in the internationally-released cargo bike documentary, Motherload. Dave has over 35 years of experience in projects to promote everyday alternative transportation, including the founding of Pedal Express in Berkeley, CA, a bicycle delivery service utilizing a fleet of cargo bikes to haul loads typically carried by vans and trucks. Pedal Express gained national recognition for its innovative business model and creative partnerships and continues to serve the East Bay community in its 25th year since its founding.
Nicholas Cook

Nicholas Cook

Director of Agriculture, Cedar Circle Farm

Nicholas Cook has been working at Cedar Circle Farm, a certified organic vegetable and fruit farm, located in the upper valley for over 15 years. Cedar Circle operates a farm stand, coffee shop, attends two local farmers markets and hosts an array of educational programming for children and adults. For the past six years he has been leading a team in developing a long-term plan for the farm’s field production to transition to a regenerative no-till soil management system. His approach to managing soil health on the farms 45+ acres of diversified production has a strong focus on biological diversity, both above and below the soil. Nic lives on the farm, with his wife Anya, their two-year-old son Finn and their dog Emma.
Matt Cropp

Matt Cropp

Co-Executive Director, Vermont Employee Ownership Center

Matt Cropp is the Co-Executive Director of the Vermont Employee Ownership Center, which supports the transition of businesses to broad-based ownership by employees via structures like worker co-ops and ESOPs. He also is involved with co-op movement projects including Social.coop, Full Barrel Cooperative, the Vermont Solidarity Investing Club, and two real estate cooperatives. He lives in Burlington, Vermont.
Conor Floyd

Conor Floyd

Food Connects, Farm to School Program Manager

As Farm to School Program Manager, Conor works with teachers, administrators, and school nutrition professionals to create nutrition education, develop school gardens and composting, increase school meal participation, and identify and help write grants. Conor comes from a background in program development, project-based learning, and community programming. His experience includes teaching in Andorra as a Fulbright scholar, conservation and youth development work as a Crew Leader with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, and mentoring refugees in Burlington, VT. Most recently, Conor was the Associate Program Director at Retreat Farm in Brattleboro.
Akaylah Glidden

Akaylah Glidden

Marketing and Events Coordinator, Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs

Akaylah joined the Pete and Gerry’s flock in May of 2017, with a B.S. in Nutrition and EcoGastronomy from the University of New Hampshire. As a systems thinker, she loves looking at the big picture and breaking it into all its parts in order to make improvements, without negatively impacting the way the system flows. She also has a strong love for nature and wants to do her part in preserving it so it can be enjoyed well into the future. Through the leadership and groundwork laid out by Pete and Gerry’s Green Team, which she is a part of, she believes Pete and Gerry’s has the ability to really make an impact in their facilities and hopefully expand these environmental efforts into their local communities.
Caroline Gordon

Caroline Gordon

Rural Vermont, Legislative Director

Caroline was born in Germany and came to Vermont to engage in changing the law so that sustainable farming practices become economically viable. She has her LL.M. in Food and Agriculture Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. Before coming to Vermont, Caroline participated in a four-year training program in biodynamic agriculture in Germany. Aside from advocacy work, Caroline wants to maintain farming herself in a way that increases communal participation and collaboration among producers.
Bruce Hennessey

Bruce Hennessey

Maple Wind Farm

Bruce Hennessey, along with his partner Beth Whiting, and a host of talented young farmers, has run Maple Wind Farm in Richmond and Bolton, VT for the last 20 years. The farm produces 100% grass fed beef, pasture-raised pork, poultry and eggs, along with operating a small USDA inspected on-farm poultry processing plant. The farms mission: To promote the health and welfare of our community, by producing the highest-quality pasture-raised products, through regenerating soil and water resources. Bruce prepared for this calling through a long apprenticeship as a mountain and ski guide, classroom teacher and experiential educator in locations across the U.S. and around the world. On those excursions he experienced firsthand compelling evidence of climate change and now deals with the consequences of those changes on his own farm. Bruce now focuses on building soil, and educating farmers and consumers to do the same by participating in local, regional and national events.

Addie Rose Holland

Addie Rose Holland

Co-Founder, Real Pickles

Addie Rose Holland is co-owner and co-founder of Real Pickles Co-operative, an organic food manufacturing company producing naturally fermented pickles from Northeast-grown ingredients. In 2013, after over a dozen years in business, Addie Rose and co-workers used an innovative community financing tool to convert Real Pickles to a worker-owned co-operative. The business now thrives with a vision for building a better food system, securing good local jobs, and staying rooted in the values of equity, solidarity and democracy. Addie Rose also serves as Deputy University Director at the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, based at UMass Amherst.
Bonnie Hudspeth

Bonnie Hudspeth

Co-operative Development, Neighboring Food Co-op Association

Bonnie Hudspeth leads Co-operative Development for the Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA), a network of more than 35 food co-ops and start-up initiatives with a combined membership of over 150,000 people across Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Eastern New York. NFCA supports the growth, innovation, and shared success among our member food co-ops in the Northeast United States. Prior to joining the NFCA, Bonnie served as Project Manager for the Monadnock Food Co-op, creating the founding organizational structure and overseeing pre-operational development and fundraising to create a co-operatively owned grocery store in Keene, NH that opened in April, 2013. She serves as Vice President of the Board of The Cooperative Fund of New England (CFNE), a community development loan fund that facilitates socially responsible investing in co-operatives, community-oriented nonprofits, and worker-owned businesses in New England and adjacent communities in New York. Bonnie holds a master’s degree in Sustainable Community Development through Antioch University New England.

Christina Lorrey

Christina Lorrey

IT Manager, Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs

Christina has been an asset to Pete and Gerry’s for 4.5 years, taking the lead in the planning of many company-wide events, and fulfilling her duties as the IT Manager. While Pete and Gerry’s is a B Corp and has always had a focus on sustainability, there is still a large amount of waste, in several different forms, that gets produced each day. Knowing this, it was evident there was still more work to be done to further reduce the company’s footprint. With the support of company leadership, in the winter of 2019-2020, Christina headed up Pete and Gerry’s very first Green Team. She explains that, “ I look at our waste production as another product we produce and I challenge myself to find a better way to deal with each and every item.” With this mindset and the help of the rest of the Green Team, the company has already started making a dent in some of their biggest waste producers and they look forward to continuing to do so.
Nico Lustig

Nico Lustig

Associate Attorney, Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel and Hand, PLLC

Nico Lustig is an Associate Attorney with the law firm Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel and Hand, PLLC. Nico’s professional mission is to use the law to create social enterprises that strengthen community and cultivate a healthy environment. Nico entered the legal profession with a background in cooperative management, food business consulting, and organic agriculture. Nico helps many businesses, mainly farmers and food entrepreneurs, to move through the life cycle of business creation, growth, and succession, with a special focus on supporting businesses as they navigate the FDA, USDA, FTC, and local regulatory landscapes. Nico has a J.D. and Masters in Food and Agriculture Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. Nico is a Trustee of the Regional Food Hub, Red Tomato. Recently, the Sustainable Economies Law Center selected Nico as a Fellow in its Sustainable Economies Law Fellowship program.
Jesse McDougall

Jesse McDougall

Co-owner, Studio Hill

Jesse McDougall is co-owner of Studio Hill—a 4th-generation family farm and a Savory Institute Influencer Hub. Since 2012, Jesse and his wife, Cally, have used holistically-managed livestock to rebuild soil, increase biodiversity, increase water infiltration and retention, and sequester carbon across 100 acres of their 270-acre farm. Jesse is an accredited professional holistic management educator and is working to rebuild farming infrastructure in the northeast. He, and his wife, Cally, live with their two children on the farm in Shaftsbury, Vermont.
Rob Michalak

Rob Michalak

Global Director of Social-Purpose Impact, Ben & Jerry’s

Rob Michalak is the Global Director of Social-Purpose Impact for Ben & Jerry’s. From 2006 to 2017, Rob led a process of reinvigorating Ben & Jerry’s Social Mission, following the acquisition of Ben & Jerry’s by Unilever in April of 2000. The goal of the process was to ensure that Ben & Jerry’s Social Mission thrives in balance with the Company’s Product & Economic Missions. Rob’s current focus is on identifying how Ben & Jerry’s can achieve better outcomes from the Social Mission initiatives the Company is investing in and prioritizing. Ben & Jerry’s Social Mission works to create innovative ways that the business can apply its many resources to achieve positive social, economic and environmental change in the world and make progress on the company’s sustainable corporate concept of “linked prosperity,” which is the ambition that as the company prospers, its stakeholders prosper equitably as well. Rob served as Ben & Jerry’s PR Czar from 1989 – 1998. Rob left Ben & Jerry’s for a little bit from 1999 – 2006, to get back into broadcasting and independent productions. Prior to working at Ben & Jerry’s, Rob worked in broadcast news, public affairs and independent productions from 1980-1989.
Robert Miller

Robert Miller

President and Chief Executive Officer, VSECU

Robert Miller is President and Chief Executive Officer for VSECU, a member-owned cooperative and not-for-profit credit union in Vermont. VSECU serves nearly 70,000 members with more than $875 million in assets, 190 employees, and 9 branch locations statewide. Rob graduated from the University of Vermont and started a career in financial services with Citibank in New York and Chicago. He relocated back to Vermont as a state employee and public servant; working for the Vermont Department of Economic Development where he ultimately served as Commissioner. Prior to joining VSECU, Rob spent over a decade in executive roles in the institutional investment management industry with Dwight Asset Management (now Goldman Sachs) and Conning.
Krista Scruggs

Krista Scruggs

ZAFA Wine & CO Cellars

Just fucking fermented juice. Krista Scruggs is the founder and winemaker of ZAFA Wines, based in Burlington, Vermont. Her wild-fermented, unfined and unfiltered bottlings debuted at Brumaire March 2018 and continue to draw rave reviews. Dedicated regenerative farming and using hybrid grapes, Krista manages and farms two vineyards in Vermont and supports organic farms throughout the state by purchasing their fruit. She’s also been known to ferment foraged apples and sometimes co-ferment them together. Krista is also the co-owner of CO Cellars, a working cellar, bar and collaborative label for ZAFA Wines + Shacksbury Cider. Krista started in the wine industry working for Constellation Brands and then ventured to work for an array of growers in Washington, Italy, Southern France, and Texas. Since then, she has been featured on Wine Enthusiast’s 40 Under 40 Tastemakers of 2018 List, Imbibe's 2019 75 Issue, touted as making “the wine of the future” by VinePair and more.
 Julie Snorek

Julie Snorek

Social Ecologist

As a social ecologist, Julie Snorek has been developing an intricate understanding of social, ecological, and political transitions in the Sahel and Sahara where she has lived and worked for over twelve years with rural, nomadic and semi-nomadic societies. Throughout her research, Snorek strives to engage in a co-production of knowledge and to support and enhance practices of sustainability. Her interests and expertise include: soil regenerative agro-ecologies, feminist political ecology, environmentally-induced migration, climate change as it relates to conflict and cooperation dynamics, the links between hegemony, militarization, and extractive economies, the governance of common pool regimes, social and environmental justice movements, and just transitions or ‘alternatives’ to development. Along with her work in the Sahel, Snorek collaborates with ENVS professors and local partners to understand how social institutions like ubuntu support water management South Africa and Namibia. Snorek cut her teeth as a field biologist in the Alaska Marine Wildlife Refuge and served as a land and water manager for the US Peace Corps and AmeriCorps. During her doctorate, she served as a fellow for the United Nations University: Institute for Environment and Human Security in Germany and was hired to advise several international non-governmental organizations in Africa. She holds a PhD in Environmental Science and Technology from the Institute for Environmental Science and Technology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and speaks six languages including two West African languages.
Theresa Snow

Theresa Snow

Founder & Executive Director, Salvation Farms

Theresa has worked in Vermont’s agricultural sector for more than 20 years. She founded Salvation Farms in 2004, receiving both regional and national awards including the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility's Young Changemaker Award. Theresa has a degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management from Sterling College, has worked for Vermont agricultural businesses like Pete’s Greens and High Mowing Organic Seeds, and filled a Director of Agricultural Resources position with the Vermont Foodbank. Theresa has co-facilitated a national working group focused on infrastructure needs to manage farm surplus with the Harvard Food Law & Policy Clinic, served as an advisor for a World Wildlife Fund directed research project looking to maximize farm resources in America, and was selected to be a founding Board Member of the national Association of Gleaning Organizations. In Vermont, her work has included service to more than 100 farms, engaging community members in thousands of hours of volunteer opportunities, providing millions of servings of surplus produce to marginalized populations, offering technical assistance to partner organizations, and collaborating with diverse partners from inmates to state agencies. Theresa has a steadfast conviction for the responsible stewardship and use of our natural resources with a parallel dedication to the engagement of individuals across the socio-economic spectrum in the work that she leads.

Dr. Katherine von Stackelberg

Dr. Katherine von Stackelberg

Principal, NEK Associates LTD

Dr. Katherine von Stackelberg is a Principal at NEK Associates LTD, a small firm incorporated in Massachusetts specialized in developing risk-based modeling tools to support sustainable environmental decision-making, and the co-owner of a permaculture apple orchard, Echodale Farms LLC (@echodale_farm), in northern Vermont. She is also a Research Scientist in the Department of Environmental Health and is a research affiliate at the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis (HCRA) at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health and co-leader of the Biogeochemistry of Global Contaminants Group
(BGC) at Harvard University. Dr. von Stackelberg has 30 years of experience designing and implementing human health and ecological risk assessments, focused on integrated, risk-based modeling approaches to support sustainable environmental decision making. She has published on ecological resilience, the use of uncertainty analysis in decision making, bioaccumulation modeling, and use of decision analytic approaches to integrate ecosystem services and risk assessment for more effective decision making. Dr. von Stackelberg served on the Board of Scientific Counselors at the U.S. EPA for six years and was Chair for the last three. She led the effort to explore the use of decision analytic tools and methods to support environmental decision making within the U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development. She is a member of the Scientific Advisors on Risk Assessment for the European Commission in Brussels and recently completed service on a National Academies of Science Committee on Interventions to Increase the Resilience of Coral Reefs. She teaches a course on socio- ecological systems and sustainability that uses systems analysis to explore transformative and regenerative futures. Dr. von Stackelberg received an A.B. cum laude from Harvard College, and a Sc.M. and Sc.D. from the Harvard School of Public Health in Environmental Science and Risk Management.

Karen Washington

Karen Washington

Karen Washington has lived in New York City all her life, and has spent decades promoting urban farming as a way for all New Yorkers to access to fresh, locally grown food.

Karen has been a resident of the Bronx for over 34 years, although in 2015 she began living part time in Orange County, NY near the farm. Since 1985 Karen has been a community activist, striving to make New York City a better place to live. As a community gardener and board member of the New York Botanical Gardens, Karen worked with Bronx neighborhoods to turn empty lots into community gardens. As an advocate, she stood up and spoken out for garden protection and preservation. As a member of the La Familia Verde Community Garden Coalition, she helped launched a City Farms Market, bringing garden fresh vegetables to her neighbors. Karen is a food advocate and trainer leading workshops on food growing and food justice for community gardeners all over the country. Karen is the former president of the New York City Community Garden Coalition, a group that was founded to preserve community gardens. She also co-founded Black Urban Growers (BUGS), an organization of volunteers committed to building networks and community support for growers in both urban and rural settings. In 2012 Ebony magazine voted her one of their 100 most influential African Americans in the country, and in 2014 she was awarded with the James Beard Leadership Award.

VT Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman

VT Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman

Founder, Full Moon Farm

David Zuckerman is the co-founder of Full Moon Farm, a NOFA-certified organic farm in Hinesburg, Vermont.
Inspired by then Congressman Sanders, David first ran for the Vermont House in 1994 while enrolled at the University of Vermont. He lost by 59 votes but came back two years later to become the fourth Progressive Party member ever to serve in Montpelier.
David served for fourteen years (1997-2010) in the Vermont House of Representatives representing the City of Burlington in Chittenden 3-4. He served on the Natural Resources and Energy Committee (6 years), Agriculture Committee (6 years, 4 as Chair) and Ways and Means Committee (2 years). David’s leadership spans a number of issues including renewable energy, affordable housing, livable wages, cannabis reform, GMO legislation, universal healthcare, progressive taxation, marriage equality, and end of life choices.
David served in the Vermont Senate as a Progressive/Democrat for two terms, from 2012-2015. He served as Vice-Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and on the Senate Committee on Education.
In 2016, David was elected Lieutenant Governor as a Progressive/Democrat. On January 5, 2017, he was sworn in as the 80th Lieutenant Governor of Vermont.
David has been recognized by the following Vermont organizations for his leadership in Montpelier:
Energy Independent Vermont Coalition (2016 Outstanding Legislator Award)
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (2014 Legislator of the Year)
Renewable Energy Vermont (2013 Legislative Champion)
The Vermont Natural Resources Council (2008)
Women Helping Battered Women (2007)
The Vermont Children’s Forum (2002 Vermont Legislators for Children) 

His service includes:
The Burlington Electric Commission (1995-1998)
The American Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Rancher Committee (2002-2004)
Inaugural member of Young Elected Officials
Membership on the Chittenden County Farm Bureau
Membership in the Northeast Organic Farming Association-VT
Membership in Rural Vermont
Served on the Burlington Ward 1 Neighborhood Planning Assembly (NPA)
David is a UVM graduate (Class of 1995), with a degree in Environmental Studies. He was awarded the Keith Miser Award at graduation for contributions to campus leadership.
He lives with his wife and daughter in Hinesburg, Vermont.  

Summit Hosts

Lissa Harris

Lissa Harris

Executive Director, Strolling of the Heifers

Lissa is the Executive Director of Strolling of the Heifers. Prior to joining the Stroll, Lissa was the Director of Capacity Building at the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust where she was responsible for marketing, fundraising, and more. She has worked in the non-profit sector for over 15 years, working for national organizations like the American Cancer Society and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Lissa also worked as a staff reporter for a local newspaper in New York. She moved to Vermont in 2017 with her husband, two children, and four pets and loves the country life!
Peter Doran

Peter Doran

Windham Grows Program Manager

Peter comes to the Strolling of the Heifers after many years working as a landscape construction project manager. He is also an experienced bike tour planner, and has organized and run many successful charity bike events. As project manager for Windham Grows he is looking forward to using his skills to help our farm and food cohort participants thrive and create new jobs in our community and statewide.

As Windham Grows program manager Peter will also be working on the Farm to Table Culinary Apprenticeship Program, Slow Living Summit, Tour de Heifer, and the small business accelerator. In his role with the Strolling of the Heifers he enjoys contributing to an organization that provides so many benefits to the Town of Brattleboro and the State of Vermont.

Jim Verzino

Jim Verzino

Windham Grows Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Jim is Entrepreneur in Residence of Windham Grows, a business accelerator that was created by the Strolling of the Heifers and is designed to nurture the next generation of innovative food and agriculture entrepreneurs. Prior to joining Windham Grows Jim co-founded three socially responsible businesses focused on energy and waste management automation systems, and workforce development. Jim was a co-founder of Ruralogic, a "re-shoring" firm created to counter the trend in outsourcing US jobs to third world countries, He helped bring 2,900 high-tech jobs to rural Louisiana and Pennsylvania that would have otherwise gone overseas.
Jennifer Brandt

Jennifer Brandt

Slow Living Summit Coordinator

Slow Living Summit Coordinator, Jennifer Brandt, brings years of marketing experience for a variety of clients ranging from Sony to small non-profits. Jennifer’s extensive marketing experience gives her access to a vast professional network of marketing and creative heavy-hitters that can be assembled for projects with even the most daunting marketing and creative challenges. Her passion for sustainable food systems makes her work with Strolling of the Heifers more like a dream than a job. While not working on organizing spectacular events or creating new marketing materials for clients, you can find her exploring new food around the world whether it be via food stall, beach shack and even the occasional high-end meal.

Summit Entertainers

The Full Catastrophe

Laurie Indenbaum – fiddle
Andy Davis – accordion
Jim Fownes – piano

“The Full Catastrophe” plays New England traditional dance music. Andy Davis, Laurie Indenbaum and Jim Fownes perform the lively music found at a New England contra dance. Jigs, reels, waltzes and polkas drawn from the French Canadian, Irish and Scottish roots Vermont dance traditions. Laurie on fiddle, Andy on accordion and Jim on piano have many decades of experience in town halls, granges, schools and camps playing for country dances. The three musicians will be sharing some of the local tunes that characterize a Vermont contra dance. Who knows, some dancing could even break out! Our name comes from an off-hand remark in the film Zorba the Greek when Zorba lovingly refers to family life as, ‘the full catastrophe’.

Laurie Indenbaum – Fiddle

Andy Davis – Accordion

Jim Fownes – Piano