Heather is an Agronomic and Soils Specialist for the University of Vermont Extension. She was raised on a dairy farm in Alburg, Vermont. On the same land, six generations later, Heather operates a diversified certified organic farm with her partner Ron Hermann. They market organic vegetables from a farm stand and at local farmers' markets. They also operate a custom grazing service for local farms, supporting 80 head of certified organic cattle during the grazing season. Heather is a founding member of the Vermont Organic Seed Initiative organized by organic grain producers in Vermont and Quebec with the goal of providing support and education to grain growers to protect and improve the integrity and quality of seed. Heather has a Ph.D. in Agronomy.