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Local women honored for social responsibility


VCRD Board Member, Jen Kimmich, received the Terry Ehrich Award for Lifetime Achievement. Well deserved!

As seen in News and Citizen:

Jen Kimmich of The Alchemist brewery and Theresa Snow of Salvation Farms are being honored by Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility.

The awards will be presented Sept. 20 at a ceremony at the Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes.

Kimmich, co-founder of The Alchemist, will receive the Terry Ehrich Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Snow, the founder of Salvation Farms, will receive the Young Changemaker Award.

Julie Lineberger and Joseph Cincotta, founders of LineSync Architecture, will receive the Innovation and Inspiration Award.

Kimmich’s award is based on her commitment to community, the environment, progressive public policy and the workplace. Kimmich is co-founder and CEO of The Alchemist brewery and board chair of the Alchemist Foundation, focused on expanding opportunity for young Vermonters.

With her husband, John, she founded The Alchemist as a Waterbury brewpub in 2003. Building on the wild success of the pub and their beers, the team began canning Heady Topper in Waterbury in 2011, and opened their Stowe brewery in 2016, which is a model for sustainable water use in brewing.

Kimmich is a passionate advocate for working Vermonters and the environment. She is a member of the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility’s Public Policy Committee and Clean Water Advisory Council. Jen serves on a wide variety of boards, including Main Street Alliance Vermont, Vermont’s Workforce Development Board, Vermont Public Interest Research Group and the Vermont Council on Rural Development. She and John live in Stowe with their son Charlie.

Snow’s Young Changemaker Award recognizes a person under age 40 who has led the formation of a socially responsible enterprise that has been in operation three or more years. The award is based on ability to use the power of business to advance innovative solutions to society’s challenges for the good of the planet, employees, the community and economic growth in Vermont.

Snow has worked in Vermont’s agricultural sector for almost 20 years. She founded Morrisville-based Salvation Farms in 2004, and the organization has received both regional and national awards for its work in using surplus farm produce to help feed the hungry.

She has a degree in sustainable agriculture and natural resource management from Sterling College, has worked with well-known Vermont agricultural businesses such as Pete’s Greens and High Mowing Organic Seeds, and is former director of agricultural resources for the Vermont Foodbank.

Snow co-facilitates a national working group focused on infrastructure needs to manage farm surplus with the Harvard Food Law & Policy Clinic and recently joined the advisory committee for a World Wildlife Fund-directed project looking to maximize farm resources in America.