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Hams on Sale
Sale on Hams!

Grace your table with a flavorful, all natural ham ON SALE now through April 6. Order online.

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Upcoming Programs

All our programs are online. Check our website regularly for new programs. UPCOMING:

  • Wings are the Things, Sat., APR 21

Leaping Lambs!

Saturday, APRIL 14, 10 am – 1 pm 
FEE: Member: $10/adult, $5/child; nonmember: $12/adult, $6/child.
Our spring lambs have arrived! Come celebrate with us! Participate in the whole process from watching a sheep be sheared, to washing the wool, to learning how to spin and felt!


Shelburne Farms member Sandra Larsen of Vermont completed our online survey and was the randomly chosen winner to receive an overnight stay at the Inn and dinner for two. We'll be sharing highlights from the survey in our April enews.

Residential Programs this Spring!

  • Of Cows, Caves, and Cheese Friday–Sunday, MAY 11–13
    A journey into artisanal cheese-making, from Shelburne Farms to The Cellars at Jasper Hill. More.
  • Bedrock to Birds: The Natural History of Shelburne Farms' Working Landscape Friday - Sunday, MAY 25-27 More.
  • Words Take Wing:
    A Retreat for Poets & Writers

    Friday–Sunday, JUNE 22–24 
    Read, write, reflect and wander. No experience necessary – just a love of poetry and nature. More

25th Annual Art Show!

In honor of the Art Exhibition & Sale's 25th year (and our 40th year as a nonprofit), we're hosting a retrospective show this fall. This invite-only show will feature artists who have exhibited with us over the past quarter century. Questions? Contact Kim Findlay.

Jr. Iron Chef Vermont!

Saturday, MARCH 24, 9 am - 3pm, at Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Jct.
It's the 5th annual competition!
Fun activities for the whole family all day long. More info

Jr. Iron Chef is a project of VT FEED and the Burlington School Food Project. Shelburne Farms is a partner of both.

Watershed for Every Classroom

Begins JULY 9-13, Monday-Friday
FEE: $400 (scholarships available).
This year-long experience for educators in the Lake Champlain Basin (Vermont, New York and Quebec), offers teachers inspiration, knowledge and skills to frame exciting place-based learning around watersheds. Brought to you by the CBEI partners. Info & application.
Additional dates: Oct. 19-20, 2012, February 8-9 and May 3-4, 2013

Two Conversations Left! Free "Conversations" Series Spotlights Robotics & Humanity

A partnership of Shelburne Museum, Shelburne Farms, and All Souls Interfaith Gathering, with Fran Stoddard. A casual reception follows. LOCATION: All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne; INFORMATION (or 802-985-3346 x3368). FREE.

MARCH 21, Wednesday, 4 pm: Aubrey Shick, director of the Romibo project at the Origami Robotics and Design Research Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

MARCH 28, Wednesday, 4 pm: John Abele, founder and co-chair of Boston Scientific Corporation and former board chairman and current vice chairman of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).

Robotics and Humanity is supported in part by a grant from the Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation, with media support from RETN.


2012 is the 40th year of the nonprofit Shelburne Farms. We'll be marking this milestone, and mapping our way to 50, with a series of articles.

KEN ALBERT served on the Shelburne Planning Commission and Selectboard during the Farm's early years. He now operates Shelburne Vineyard.

Ken AlbertI moved to Shelburne in 1971 and was immediately drawn to the Farm. It motivated me to become involved in local government and land use issues in Shelburne, first as a Planning Commissioner and later as a member of the Selectboard.

I can remember a discussion I had with Alec early-on in the Farm's gestation when I was on the Planning Commission. Alec asked me how I thought Shelburne Farms—its land and its buildings—could survive as an entity into the future. I thought a bit and answered that I thought the only realistic path was as some form of National Park.* Alec looked at me and I knew that was not the answer he wanted to hear. Little did I know then of the creativity, conviction and determination of Alec, his brother and other family members to create the living and working landscape that is today Shelburne Farms....a place shared with so many for education, pleasure, and hands-on work.

The Farm has gone from being a legendary, relatively remote place, to being truly an accessible place for so many from our region and beyond. During summer events, it serves as the town square where we meet our neighbors. And when visitors to my winery ask where else they should go during their visit, I take great pride as a local in recommending a visit to the Farm.

The Farm, as a food hub, has also inspired many land-based ventures. It provided leased land for our first vineyard planting, allowing us to begin our farm venture on a small scale. And as a hub for networking at meetings and festivals, the Farm has nurtured many an entrepreneur looking to start up new ventures in the burgeoning Vermont agricultural scene.

The Farm is still legendary. It’s alive and influential way beyond its boundaries.

Ken Albert

*In 2001, the property was recognized as a National Historic Landmark.

sugaringSugaring: The Post-Season

Vermont's unseasonably warm temperatures made for a "short, quick, and hot" sap run, according to Dana Bishop, who was chief at the sugarhouse this year. Our first boil in February yielded some "fancy, fancy, fancy" syrup, and since then, we've made various grades—56 gallons total. We're keeping the evaporator up and running with water and a little sap so that students coming for scheduled school field trips can still learn all about sugaring.

And you'll still find lots to enjoy (like a taste of this year's syrup crop) at:

Vermont Maple Open House Weekend!

Saturday & Sunday, MARCH 24 & 25.
4-H Pancake Breakfast, Explore the Sugarbush, and find out Whoooo's in the Sugarbush! Details

ABCs of Farm Education
Learning the ABCs of Farm Education

Twenty-one farmers and educators spent three days here last week "harvesting" ideas for their own farms and agricultural education programs. The group included several FoodCorps workers from around New England. Sadie Richards of Boston was one of them, and it wasn't her first time at the Farm. Here's what she shared:

Sadie Richards“Shelburne Farms has been a source of inspiration to me since I attended summer camp here in the late 80s. Returning as an educator, I more fully appreciate how the educators and programs inspire a sense of wonder and stewardship for the land and community. I have spent years working in scientific research, but always return to agricultural and environmental education because of its capacity to uplift one’s—and each other’s—souls.

— Sadie Richards

Orchard Cove HouseLearning on the Farm

Offering more experiences like the ABCs of Farm Education in this inspiring place is a key part of the Farm’s vision for the future. With facility upgrades beginning this spring, Orchard Cove House will bring us one step closer to that goal. Formerly a private residence that the Farm acquired through its Land Stewardship Fund, the 10-bed house, located in a quiet corner of the Farm, is ideal for multi-day, retreat-style programs. It will open its doors for year-round, residential programming in 2013 and help us pilot a future, full-scale residential learning center on Southern Acres.

Facility improvements are being made possible by a grant from Jane’s Trust.

Pickle Project"Pickle Project" Potluck

Thursday, APRIL 26, 6:00 pm. FREE.
Registration Required. Call Christie Bond, 802-985-0319.

Join Sarah Crow and Linda Norris, co-founders of the Pickle Project, for an evening of dialogue and exploration of personal memory, food production and sustainability. A partner of Shelburne Farms, The Pickle Project is an ongoing effort to document, explore and share foodways in communities around the globe as a way of understanding sustainability, change and community. Sarah and Linda will present highlights from a series of “community conversations” held in cities across Ukraine and facilitate a conversation. Bring a dish and join us!

New! Vermont Nutrition Education Institute

Is your Vermont K-6 school interested in food and nutrition education? This is an exciting, FREE, two-year opportunity for in-depth training in food and nutrition education, supporting participating schools in achieving the Healthier US School Challenge Awards. Schools interested in applying must form a 6-person team of: food service personnel, teachers, parents, a school administrator, and a nurse and/or P.E. teacher. Applications are due March 28th, so hurry!

More information & Application on VT FEED's website.

This two-year Institute is funded by a USDA Team Nutrition grant awarded to the Vermont Department of Education in collaboration with Vermont FEED (Food Education Every Day) and School Nutrition Association of Vermont. Shelburne Farms is a partner in VT FEED.


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