Art Show & Sale
Friday, OCT 19 - Sunday, NOV 4
Daily, 10 am - 5pm
$5/person at front gate.
A retrospective featuring works by more than 100 artists who have exhibited with us over the past 25 years.
Don't miss out on this two-week show! For 25 years, our annual show has celebrated the rural landscape and the artists who express their unique visions of it. In recent years, the show has encompassed a much broader range of art. It's always lively, contemporary, thought-provoking, and varied, and the Coach Barn is a beautiful backdrop.
Fall Programs & Events
- Terrific Tractors, Sat. OCT. 20
- Evening Fall Wagon Rides: Mon., OCT. 29
- Springfield Gas Machine: Lecture & book signing, Thurs, NOV. 1
- Moonlit Wagon Rides, Sat., NOV. 3
- Design a Harvest Centerpiece, Sun., NOV. 4
LAST DAY FOR PROPERTY TOURS: Sunday, October 21.
Last Chance This Season at the Inn!
Farm-fresh, local, and delicious. Call for a reservation today!
The Inn's last night is Sunday, OCT. 21
Our holiday catalog is in the mail. Full of great products, gifts, and of course, fabulous cheese in time for the holidays. Shipping is just $9.95 to New England & New York this year! Check the online store through November & December for weekly specials, too!
Our supporters at the Argosy Foundation recently profiled us on their website. The piece focuses on our collaborative work to extend the impact of education for sustainability. We invite you to read it.
Last chance for a Family Portrait that benefits the Farm
When you schedule a portrait in October through Orchard Cove Photography, $75 of the session fee will be donated to benefit the Farm’s education programs. Capture your family in photographs for the holidays, while benefiting a great cause!
We hope you'll consider making an extra gift this year, perhaps $40 in honor of the 40th to support our education programs. Thanks for all your support.
Sustainable Schools Project Fall Newsletter
Check out what's happening in Education for Sustainability in Shelburne Farms' Sustainable Schools Project Fall 2012 newsletter. (Or read individual articles online here.)
Annual Financial Report
To mark October's Farm to School month, we asked parent and Ferrisburgh School Board Member Katie Boyle to chat about her experiences with Farm to School efforts in her community, which have been thriving at Ferrisburgh Central School for about 10 years.
My ten-year-old daughter daughter Megan has been involved in the farm to school program in Ferrisburgh since Kindergarten. She and her classmates have been gardening, harvesting and involved in food prep in the cafeteria. Maintaining the garden has become important to the culture at her school. She's a 5th grader now and loves kale chips. What a wonderful thing!
Last summer, I attended the Nutrition Education Institute* at Shelburne Farms. The activity that I remember most was a collaborative one: making our own lunches. I was nervous because I am not the main cook at home. I chose the "Kale with Garlic" team because that dish had only a few ingredients, but no one on our team was thinking about the volume of food we had to prepare. The recipe called for fifteen heads of garlic. That’s a lot of garlic to slice! We had limited time, and were falling way behind the other teams. Just when we were ready to call it quits, other teams sent reinforcements to help us so that we all could eat together.
The experience gave me renewed appreciation for the daily work of school food service staff in building a strong farm to school program, and for the teamwork it requires throughout a school.
Ferrisburgh Central School Parent and school board member
*Stay tuned for details about a 2013 Vermont FEED Farm to School Summer Institute.
VT Farm to School Grant Program Deadline
The deadline for the Vermont Agency of Agriculture's Farm to School Grant Program is 4:30pm, Wed., October 24! The program ($75,000) encourages schools and school districts to serve food to Vermont students that is as fresh and nutritious as possible.
Information & applications, or contact: Koi Boynton at Vermont Agency of Agriculture.
As partners in Vermont FEED, we're proud that Vermont FEED was integral to passing legislation in 2007 that established the Farm to School Grant program. (It was called "Rozo's Law," in honor of Rep. Rosemary McLaughlin of South Royalton.) The program is now in its seventh year!
The Farm to School Grant program is made possible by collaboration between the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Department of Education, Department of Health, VT FEED (Food Education Every Day) and the Vermont Farm to School Network.
OCTOBER is Farm to School Month
Check out ideas and resources from Vermont FEED, or from National Farm to School.
In honor of the month, the Vermont Farm to School Network is kicking off a year-long series of Salons – evenings of delicious food and rich conversation. More info at www.vtfeed.org/features/salons
And October 15-19 is National School Lunch Week
The School Nutrition Association (SNA) has designated October 15-19 National School Lunch week. The SNA of Vermont is holding its annual conference Thursday & Friday, October 18 & 19, at the Stoweflake Resort & Spa. You can still register (to guarantee a delicious local lunch), and walk-ins are accepted. Details and registration.
Can't make the conference but interested in school food nutrition? Listen to this VPR podcast, "School Lunches Get a Makeover." It discusses the new guidelines for the National School Lunch Program, calling for more veggies, fruits and whole grains.
And October is American Cheese month
What a busy month! But we're not going to argue with celebrating American-made cheeses. The bloggers at platetheslate.com have a great blog about notable American cheeses. You'll find us towards the end.
Welcoming farmers for
Next week, 20 farmers and educators will be joining us for a 3-day workshop, "ABC's of Farm-Based Education." From as far away as California, Texas, and North Carolina, these folks are coming to
explore possibilities and ideas for opening their farms for education. We can't wait for the fun.
National Education for Sustainability Week
November 5-9 is National Education for Sustainability Week. Join the U.S. Partnership for Sustainable Development for a series of national phone discussions about education for sustainability.
Jerry Francis: Volunteer of the Month
Long-time volunteer Jerry Francis was recognized last week as Volunteer of the Month by the United Way of Chittenden County for his efforts at the Farm as a tour guide, clock-winder, and Archives assistant. You can hear him chat about his volunteering and passion for the Farm on this WPTZ-TV "Hometown Hero" segment. Congratulations, Jerry! And many thanks to all our volunteers who donate countless hours to the Farm and are such a part of its success.
Looking for Junior Iron Chefs
Do you know a middle school or high school student looking to show off their skills in the kitchen? Applications are now being accepted for the 6th Annual Jr. Iron Chef VT, Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the Champlain Valley Expo.
Jr Iron Chef VT invites teams of students to create delicious dishes using seasonal, local ingredients that can be served in school cafeterias. Winning teams will have their recipes featured in the Vermont Statehouse Cafeteria. Teams accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Download applications at www.jrironchefvt.org. For more information or to sponsor the event contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jr Iron Chef VT promotes healthy eating habits and increases awareness of Vermont agriculture. It is hosted by the Burlington School Food Project and Vermont FEED. All proceeds from the event will strengthen Farm to School programs across the state.