CULINARY: “FARM-TO-TABLE” – BUTCHER – CHEF – FARMER – FOOD SERVICES DIRECTOR

Meadow Squier

What Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers do:

Plan, direct, or coordinate the management or operation of farms, ranches, greenhouses, aquacultural operations, nurseries, timber tracts, or other agricultural establishments. May hire, train, and supervise farm workers or contract for services to carry out the day-to-day activities of the managed operation. May engage in or supervise planting, cultivating, harvesting, and financial and marketing activities.

Company: Squier Family Farm LLC
Title: Farm Owner

What are 2 things you really like/enjoy about your job?
Daily problem solving outside. Working with animals.

What Training have you received?
Most of my knowledge I have gained through first hand experience. I worked on a couple farms before starting my own with my husband and we have worked as a team to work through the challenges that face any new business as well as starting in the agricultural world.

What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t at work?
Owning a farm means I’m always at work and always on the job. We try to take at least one day off a week to relax, have fun as a family, go on walks, cook, or have dinner with friends.


Nick DeLauri

What Butchers and Meat Cutters do:

Cut, trim, or prepare consumer-sized portions of meat for use or sale in retail establishments.

Company: The Vermont Butcher Shop
Title: Partner/Director of Operations

What are 2 things you really like/enjoy about your job?
I enjoy the constant state of learning, as there is always new ways of doing things. My knowledge is often tested as new challenges arise and there is always something new to learn from these.

What Training have you received?
Nick graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.

What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t at work?
Nick enjoys spending time with his family and his dogs Lucky, Biggie and Solo.


Meggan Hanna

What Chefs and Head Cooks do:

Direct and may participate in the preparation, seasoning, and cooking of salads, soups, fish, meats, vegetables, desserts, or other foods. May plan and price menu items, order supplies, and keep records and accounts.

What Food Service Managers do:

Plan, direct, or coordinate activities of an organization or department that serves food and beverages.

Company: BROC Community Action
Title: Community Food Shelf Coordinator

What are 2 things you really like/enjoy about your job?
There are two things I really love about my job, first and foremost I love that my job is mission driven and allows me the privilege to make a positive impact in the community and secondly I love the opportunity to be able to apply my nearly 30 years in the food service industry in a very real, hands on, one to one way.

What Training have you received?
My official training began in 1987 at Johnson and Wales University. I graduated in 1989 with a degree in Culinary Arts. Beyond certifications and awards when it comes to food service the training never stops. That’s why I love it so much, there is always room to learn and grow.

What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t at work?
When I am not at work I enjoy being a wife and mother, working in my garden and playing card games.