John Roberts

John Roberts is the new and the first executive director of the Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition, a Middlebury-based nonprofit that works on public policy in the areas of water quality, soil health, and other areas that affect farms and the communities they’re in.

Roberts, who is English, was introduced to Vermont in his early 20s through a job at Shelburne Farms, where he eventually worked as the manager from 1974 to 1977. He and his wife then bought a farm in Cornwall where they milked 195 Brown Swiss cows for decades, and sold breeding stock around the country.