Meet the VINES Staff!
Amelia LoDolce, Executive Director
Amelia joined VINES as the organization’s first Executive Director in February 2016. As a volunteer, Amelia began working with VINES in 2007 as a founding board member and the coordinator of the Liberty Street Community Garden. Prior to joining VINES, Amelia worked for United Way of Broome County spearheading the Healthy Lifestyles Coalition’s Eat Well. Play Hard. Binghamton! project (a pilot initiative working to improve the health of families on the North Side of Binghamton) and the City of Binghamton as the City’s Sustainable Development Planner. Amelia holds a Master’s degree in Agriculture, Food, and the Environment from Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Having grown up on a farm in Otisco, NY, she enjoys working with other community members to make space in the urban neighborhoods for people to grow their own food and connect with the local environment.
Kate Miller-Corcoran, Binghamton Farm Share Coordinator
Kate joined the VINES team in 2015 as the Farm Share Coordinator. No stranger to farm life, she grew up on a dairy farm in Windsor, NY, where her family has been farming for 4 generations. She received her BA in English from Penn State University and her Master of Arts in English from SUNY Cortland. Her background also includes education both at the Early Childhood and Elementary levels. She formerly taught fourth grade in the Baltimore City School District where she witnessed firsthand food insecurity and its effects on children and the surrounding community. Kate spends her free time reading, running or elbow deep in dirt, paint, play-dough and doing other creative activities with her daughter. She loves working with the amazing volunteers of VINES Binghamton Farm Share to help bring healthy food from local farms to the people in our community!
After helping VINES as the interim farm manager during the 2018 season, Kyle accepted the permanent position as Binghamton Urban Farm Manager in the fall of 2018. A Broome County native, Kyle developed his love of food and agriculture while working at Apple Hills during his high school and early college years. He received an associates degree from SUNY Broome and later went on to earn a Bachelors of Science in Sustainable Agriculture from Unity College in Maine. Kyle has traveled with the work-trade organization WWOOF and seen many different examples of organic production. In 2012 Kyle received his permaculture design certificate from the Aprovecho Sustainable Living School in southern Oregon. He has also worked at Johnny’s Selected Seeds research farm and the Mckay Farm and Research Center in Maine. Kyle is very excited to be in a position to provide fresh, healthy produce to the Binghamton community. In his free time Kyle works with his partner on their homestead and small farm operation. He loves being in nature, dreaming, designing, and building for a resilient and bountiful future
Hope Townsend, Youth Program Manager
Hope stepped into the role of VINES’ Youth Program Manager in November of 2019. However, she began her relationship with VINES in 2017 as a Farm Share intern and subsequently as an AmeriCorps member with VINES in 2018 and as VINES’ Program Assistant in 2019. She received her BA from Binghamton University in Environmental Studies. Her love of agriculture and the environment is rooted in her childhood that was spent camping with her family and exploring the woods. Originally from Endicott, this area is near to her heart and she enjoys bringing the sustainable food movement home. Hope’s farming career began on a small garlic farm on Seneca Lake and the rest is history. In her spare time she enjoys growing food, hiking with her partner Anthony, camping, and exploring the community.
Jibreel Cooper, Program Assistant
Jibreel is excited to have stepped into the role of Programming Assistant at VINES as it allows him to deepen his involvement in the Broome County community and carry out meaningful work that benefits his surroundings as a result. He received his BA in Politics, Economics, and Law from SUNY Old Westbury in 2017 and his MA in Public Administration from Binghamton University in 2019. Jibreel has worked in several roles at various organizations around Broome County, doing educational research as a Graduate Assistant through Binghamton University, tutoring Math and Reading for grades K-5 at Charles F. Johnson Elementary School, interning for the Broome County Arts Council, and giving much of his time to the Binghamton University Food Co-Operative. In his free time he likes to read books, drink tea, and take naps.