Harriette Brainard was born and raised in Solebury, PA and Princeton, NJ. She raised her children on a farm in Hopewell, NJ from 1992 until she moved to Vermont in 2005, where she had earned her BA from Middlebury College. Her background has been in education, business and journalism. Harriette was an admissions counselor for Tulane University in New Orleans, worked in Business Administration for the University of Pennsylvania, before becoming an admissions counselor, teacher and coach at the Lawrenceville School. Following the move to the farm in Hopewell, NJ; Harriette opened a restaurant, which expanded on her personal farm to table practice, long before it became a national phenomenon. In Vermont, Harriette worked as a journalist for the Addison Independent in Middlebury, where she published many articles on environmental issues and climate change. This included a series on Hurricane Katrina, and the ripple effects that weather and devastation have on national issues. She then co-published a state-wide ski magazine, which included articles on the effects of climate change on the ski industry. In addition, Harriette coached the Middlebury High School girls lacrosse team, winning a state championship in 2008. Harriette has recently moved back to the Princeton area.