About Amy

Amy Todisco here. Here’s the quick version on my background:

  • Over 35 years of personal & spiritual growth research, and personal experience
  • 20+ years nationally recognized green living expert & educator
  • Certified life and health coach
  • Massage & polarity therapist
  • Organic gardener and farmer
  • Technical Editor for the Green Living for Dummies book
  • Food & Farm Tours Creator and Guide
  • Kid’s Farm Camp Creator & Leader
  • Equine Assisted Leadership Retreat Facilitator with Janis Cooper and the horses
  • Nonprofit Leader: Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce (Chair for 2 years-played significant role in turning around the organization), Founder & Former Chair of the Mad River Valley Wellness Alliance, and more…

The longer version:

Amy grew up in Manhattan with two foodie parents (before the word “foodie” was even a thing)—a chef Stepfather, Ron, and a mom, Alexandra, who was into organic and natural foods in the 1970’s. Her great Aunt Jojo, who lived in West Virginia, was an early inspiration for Amy and her mom. Jojo grew the best organic beefsteak tomatoes, delectable vegetables, made her own soap, grew herbs and dried them in the cool basement. Sunday dinners at Jojo and Harry’s was a treat to be savored.

Back at home, no sugary cereals, soft drinks, or junk food entered Amy’s NYC apartment. Rarely did she even go to a McDonald’s or other fast food restaurant—and that was only when visiting with her dad and stepmother. It was there that she sampled TV dinners (yuck) and some strange custard like concoction called Junket. among other food like substances.

Eating healthy, vibrant, made from scratch food from such a young age created some very discerning sophisticated taste buds. She does have a sweet tooth and isn’t a total purist, but the majority of her diet is farm fresh organic foods.

Amy’s passion for good food and gardening was further inspired when Ron (after he and her mom divorced) moved to Connecticut and started a backyard garden. It was there that she got to put her hands in the dirt, and pick fresh plucked produce to help Ron prepare his culinary creations.

Once on her own (first in Massachusetts, then Vermont) Amy started planing  veggies, herbs, and flowers in pots on decks, and finally got her first big real garden in the ground when her daughter, Diana, was about 5. Bliss! So beautiful and productive, she was totally hooked on growing.

Fast forward to 2009, when Amy met Dave (on Match.com of all places). Nationally recognized green living expert meets organic farmer and maple sugarmaker. Match made in heaven. Together they have grown Dave’s farm, Hartshorn Certfied Organic Farm, in Waitsfield, into an educational & experiential center with farm camps for kids, 4 annual food festivals, farm to table dinners, special events, workshops, personal growth & wellness retreats, and now FOOD AND FARM TOURS. Amy created the website, Facebook page, and all other social media and online listings and is largely responsible for the event planning and promtion.

Media Appearances

As a highly sought after Green Living & Wellness expert, Amy has frequently appeared in the media, including WCAX News, Vermont Public Television (VPT), Rachel Ray Every Day Magazine, Seven Days (Vermont’s Independent Voice Newspaper) Christian Science Monitor, and In With Skin, among others.

Early Green Living Expert Work

Amy’s early work in green living led to opportunities including acting as the technical editor for the Green Living for Dummies book, appearing in Vermont Life and Farm & Ranch magazines, authoring the Greener Life Guides ebook series, and co-authoring the Amazon best seller You Make A Difference: 50 Heart Centered Entrepreneurs Share Their Stories of Inspiration and Transformation. She even got a call from one of Oprah’s producers some years ago.

Hartshorn Organic Farm

She handles the marketing, promotions and event planning at Hartshorn Organic Farm. She also runs the summer kid’s farm camp, leadership retreats with Janis Cooper, and some new educational programs on the farm (soon to be released.)

Growing Economic Vitality in her community

Amy is devoted to improving the economic vitality of the Mad River valley and is a very active Board Chair of her local Chamber of Commerce (she’s been playing an integral role in transforming the Chamber into a community asset and much needed direct marketing organization for her community). She’s also the Founder and former Chair of the the Mad River Valley Wellness Alliance (a nonprofit collaborative of business owners who are committed to helping residents and visitors invest in themselves and enhance their journey of health and well being.)

Personal Growth & Wellness Retreats

In 2014, Amy created a unique and transformational personal growth and wellness retreat that earned the interest of Bernie Sanders, the Veterans Administration, WCAX news in Vermont, among others. She weaves some of the features of these retreats in to her farm camps, food & farm tours, and other on farm programs.

My Biography:

I began my work as a community activist in 1995, where I created community educational events; founded and co-founded several nonprofits; served as Executive Director for two nonprofits; provided presentations on household toxics; consulted with private and public schools; churches, community groups, local boards of health, and the MA State Department of Public Health; written on the topic of household  toxics for newspapers, newsletters and websites; and been interviewed on  TV, radio and Internet radio.

I was featured on Vermont Public Television, several WCAX TV clips in Burlington, Vermont, was contacted by a producer from The Oprah Winfrey Show, interviewed for an online article for FoxNews.com, and a Rachel  Ray magazine article, and have been featured in several magazines and newspapers, including: The  Seven Days, Burlington, VT, Christian Science Monitor, and In With Skin.  I appeared with my organic farmer life partner,  Dave, in Vermont Life, and Farm & Ranch Magazine. Wiley Publishing hired me to be the technical editor for the Green Living for Dummies book. I’m the author of the powerful Greener Life Guides ebook series.

Check out the documentary from the first season of my former retreats:

Watch this TV news story on the program. (Be sure to check out the extended interview to the bottom right with veteran, Michaelyn Crosby–very powerful.

My program in the news…

WCAX TV News coverage

Radio Interview with Stephanie Kathan, Leading Edge Talk

Coverage from our local paper, The Valley Reporter, and this one:
https://www.valleyreporter.com/stories/9682-female-veterans-to-learn-about-farming-in-the-valley

Burlington Free Press article mention

I love how on her website she will give you her own personal experience in a write up that is engaging, full of valuable information, and with just the right touch of humor. In other aspects, I have come to know, and cherish the brand of professionalism Amy embodies when it comes to any kind of business dealings. In an age where so many “claim” to be professionals in their field, I find it unacceptable how often these individuals get away with offering quick, and often useless information, and still manage to make a sale. Not Amy. Her word is her promise. A rare find in my honest opinion.”

Will Keyworth, Owner at Keyworth Graphics

“Amy was an early visionary pioneer in the field of Green Living. She has amassed a wealth of knowledge in this arena that is incomparable. While many people can talk about the current condition of things, she can see and talk to a future where we all live healthier and more holistically. Her positive, practical and insightful way of gently guiding us in that direction is full of heart and passion. She is a great asset to every project she works on and is enormously generous and collaborative.”

Theresa Langston, Web Designer/Consultant, Net-Spin

 

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