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Supporting the Pathways Curriculum for Healthy Living–specifically for women veterans, with on-site, hands-on learning, are three businesses: Hartshorn Certified Organic Farm, Green Living Now, and Green Mountain Harvest Hydroponic Greenhouse. The three businesses are located on a 40-acre working certified organic vegetable, fruit, and flower farm in the beautiful Mad River Valley of Central Vermont, a stone’s throw from Sugarbush Resort and Mad River Glen.
In order to help re-purpose their lives, heal from their experiences, develop healthier lifestyle practices, and create new skills for future employment and possible entrepreneurship, women veterans will participate in a hands-on experience that will help them learn some of what it takes to:
- Grow organic vegetables, fruit and flowers;
- Operate a year-round hydroponic greenhouse and grow a variety of lettuces, greens and herbs;
- Run a successful farm stand;
- Operate a pick-your-own organic fruit business;
- Be a vendor at a local farmer’s market;
- Put on special events at the farm and bake pizza in a flat-bread pizza oven;
- Keep honeybees;
- Produce maple syrup from tap to table;
- Build functional structures, such as chicken houses & garden sheds via a local design build school;
- Develop new self-empowerment skills through a life coaching experience with horses;
- Eat a nutritionally balanced, sustainably raised, toxin free diet that promotes health;
- Eliminate toxic chemicals from their homes and lifestyles;
- Care for laying hens, 2 horses, 2 alpacas, grass fed beef cattle and pasture raised pigs;
- Cultivate shitake mushrooms;
- Grow organic & create bouquets for retail and weddings;
- Learn mindfulness meditation
Plus field trips to other area farms, agricultural fairs and workshops, and service opportunities in the local area, such as at the local Foodbank.
Amy Todisco, Pathways Director of Organic Farming & Healthy Lifestyle Choices, is the owner of Green Living Now. She works together with her partner, Dave Hartshorn, who owns Hartshorn Certified Organic Farm, and is part owner of Green Mountain Harvest Hydroponics. A backyard organic gardener for approximately 30 years, Amy has been growing and operating an organic cut flower business at Hartshorn Farm for the past three seasons.
Amy’s passion has been to help people heal and live healthier, happier lives which she has done through her green lifestyle consulting, writing, public speaking and life coaching. She is totally inspired and honored to work with veterans, especially women, to help and empower them to transform their lives and create a happy, healthy life of their choosing.
She began her work as a community activist in 1995, where she created community educational events; founded and co-founded several non-profits; served as Executive Director for two non-profits; provided presentations on household toxins; consulted with private and public schools, churches, community groups, local boards of health, and the MA State Department of Public Health; written on the topic of household toxins for newspapers, newsletters and websites; and was interviewed on TV, radio and Internet radio.
She was featured on Vermont Public Television, WCAX TV in Burlington, Vermont, was contacted by a producer from The Oprah Winfrey Show, interviewed for an online article for FoxNews.com, and a Rachel Ray magazine article, and has been featured in several magazines and newspapers, including: The Seven Days, Burlington, VT, Christian Science Monitor, and In With Skin. She appeared with her organic farmer life partner, Dave, in Vermont Life, and Farm & Ranch Magazine. She served as the technical editor for the Wiley Publishing book, Green Living for Dummies. She is also the author of the powerful Greener Life Guides eBook series.
She’s a co-author of the Amazon best seller book, You Make A Difference: 50 Heart Centered Entrepreneurs Share Their Stories of Inspiration and Transformation.