Violet joined the New York SARE program in October 2008 as Outreach Coordinator and became the State Coordinator in 2015. She also works as a Communications Specialist for the Cornell Small Farms Program, which works to foster the sustainability of diverse, thriving small farms in New York.
Violet grew up on a 600-acre wildlife preserve in Susquehanna County, PA. She has a degree in Environmental Studies from Oberlin College and a Certificate in Ecological Horticulture from the UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.
Violet has a strong background in direct-marketing of agricultural products. Prior to her work at Cornell, she facilitated farm-to-chef sales for a 30 acre organic vegetable farm in the San Francisco Bay area. She has also worked as a farmer's market manager, local foods educator and farm direct-marketing consultant in the Hudson Valley, NY.