Having grown up in South Hero, it was natural that Minner’s lifelong love of the Islands led to her involvement with SHLT. During both high school and college Minner’s love of travel and immersion in other cultures took her abroad. She traveled to Argentina as a high school senior where she lived for 7 months. Minner attended Pomona College in California where she received her BA. During college she lived in Bangalore India as a volunteer in an orphanage for 3 months and then spent a semester abroad in Nepal. The pull of Vermont and the Islands was strong however and after college, Minner returned to Vermont. She started a small business called Flowers in Season that has bloomed into a successful value added flower growing operation that focuses on growing and creating flower arrangements for special events and weddings. Minner was hired by South Hero Land Trust (SHLT) in 1999, simultaneous to starting her flower business. Over the years she has established a strong relationship with the South Hero community and appreciates the opportunity to play a direct role in protecting the natural, agricultural, and cultural resources that make the area so unique.
Coming from a long line of Vermonters, and born and raised in an old school house in Grand Isle, Emily’s strong sense of place and deep commitment to her community are a natural fit for South Hero Land Trust. Emily joined SHLT in 2009, after graduating from the University of Vermont with a degree in Environmental Studies. Emily’s particular interest is the connections that people, children especially, form with the landscape in which they live. Emily values engagement with agriculture and natural areas, access to local (and delicious) foods and community gathering spaces, and gardens, and she very pleased to be able to promote these passions within the community through her work with South Hero Land Trust.