Mara Welton co-owns and operates 2.5 acre Half Pint Farm with her husband Spencer in Burlington’s Intervale. Mara farms because she loves good food – and started her specialty veggie farm in 2003 to provide Vermont with locally grown niche produce. Mara loves that farming keeps her grounded, inspired, and eating the best possible food everyday! Mara brings to Slow Food Vermont a passion for food and traditional foodways. Her enthusiasm for the process of seed to plate, exciting and educational event planning and general good organizational skills contributed to Mara’s leadership style during her 8 year tenure as Slow Food Vermont’s Board Chair. She is happy to return to the role of SFVT board chair and to maintain her role of Slow Food State Governor, liaising between Slow Food International, Slow Food USA, and Slow Food Vermont. When Mara is not farming, she is: running, experimenting in the kitchen, reading about food, snuggling with her dachshunds, traveling abroad, speaking at conferences, entertaining, and pining for the growing season.