Brought together by a shared interest in strengthening our community and local food systems, Guilford residents Julie Beet, Jody Hauser, and Anna Klein founded Neighborhood Roots Food Collective in 2020, happily joined by Jean Eastman and Tadj Schreck shortly thereafter. In 2021, we gained 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. Meghan Dougherty joined us in early 2024.

Current Board Members


Julie Beet

Julie seeks balance between modern and ancient technologies through her roles as co-founder of Vermont Digital Arts and owner of UbU Botanicals. As an herbalist and avid gardener, she strives to bring beauty to land, home, family, and community.

Meg Dougherty

Meg moved to Guilford after years of living in different cities around the world. As a professor at a social justice university in Chicago Meg saw the real and compounding effects of food insecurity in urban neighborhoods, and felt daunted by the scale of the problems. Her move to Guilford helped her see a new smaller scale - one filled with the possibilities to connect local farmers and neighbors through the land.


Jody Hauser

Jody grew up in the garden and the kitchen. Growing food and sharing the meal was central to her childhood and that remains true for her today. As a librarian and teacher, Jody finds ways to share her love of gardening and the outdoors with some of Guilford’s youngest residents.


Anna Klein

Anna loves to spend time with plants. She is a worker-owner Regenerative Design Group and runs Comfrey Commons, a small pay-what-you-want plant nursery in Guilford that's a project of Neighborhood Roots. Anna also gets very excited about local food and building a sharing economy.


Tadj Schreck

As a child, Tadj loved nature and dreamed of living on a farm. She studied biology in college and graduate school, but realized she'd rather be a farmer than a professor. Now she owns and operates Up The Road Farm with her husband and two young children.

Past Board Members


Jean Eastman

Jean served on the Neighborhood Roots board from 2021 - 2022. She has great enthusiasm for local food and a wonderful dedication to our community. Among many other things that she contributed during her time on the board, Jean (with help from her husband, David) installed one of the first Little Free Pantries in Guilford! We are so grateful for the time she volunteered with Neighborhood Roots.