Sample the Season!
Thanksgiving Weekend at Welcome Center
Fri.-Sun. NOV. 23-25
SAVE 10% on catalog mail orders.
(Members receive additional 10%). Receive the same discount online from 8 am Friday to 8 pm Sunday.
Join us at the Welcome Center for cheese tastings, hot cider, and great holiday gifts. We'll also be sampling many of the delicious Vermont products that are always available in our store. Questions? Call 802-985-8442.
Our winter calendar is at the printers, but all of our winter programs are now online. Check our web site regularly for new programs as details become available. COMING UP:
Lenses on the Land
We're offering a "Moonlight" photography program this January. Read an article by one participant who wrote about her time at our Fall Lenses on the Land (and see some great photos).
Cheese Fans on Facebook
"Thank you so much for sending such a wonderful package to our beloved Grandma! She turns 97 on Monday and couldn't be happier with the 'delicious cheese from Vermont'! Thanks for helping us make her day special :)
— Rachel L.
"The Pope should have deemed your 2 year extra sharp cheddar a saint......cant wait to try cheese cloth wrapped stuff."
— Dan Hebert
Work and Learn
Looking for a great learning opportunity in agricultural and natural resource education or in farming (or both)? Check out our Work and Learn Opportunities. We're in the process of filling positions for the 2013 season.
We've been marking our 40th anniversary as an education organization by sharing the reflections of people who've been a part of the Farm over the years. This month, we are pleased to hear from Carly, our summer food systems intern, who reflects the bright future of our work.
The moment I read about the Food Systems internship opportunity at Shelburne Farms this year, I was hooked. As a junior at Middlebury College studying environmental studies and anthropology — with a focus on local food systems, food movements, and place identity through food culture — I've been interested in a variety of hands-on experiences in sustainable farming. Shelburne Farms, however, remains in a league of its own, and the experience I gained and the memories I made at the Farm are unparalleled.
My internship provided me the unique opportunity to experience different spaces of the Farm. From milking cows with Sam to making cheese with Nat, from working closely with Megan and Alec to gardening with Josh, and from attending national conferences to teaching alongside the Farm's outstanding educators, I was able to work with and learn from those who keep the amazing place that we all know and love functioning at a high-caliber level. For the first time in my life, I witnessed a beautiful marriage of farming and education where the students and teachers equally inspire each other, constantly and fluidly exchanging roles. I recognize now that no matter our positions in life, we are always educating and learning, two processes that will continue to better humanity.
Are you or is someone you know interested in an internship or residency at the Farm? Check out our Work & Learn Opportunities (see sidebar).
Farm-Based Educators Rock the Farm!
This workshop was fun, informative.. and did I say fun? As I begin my own farming operation, this workshop has helped me develop a number of ideas about how to integrate educational experiences into my farm.
— Will, New Hampshire
I knew I needed tools, ideas, plans.. I wasn't sure of the exact nature of them, but I found the inspiration and connections to get the ball rolling! I knew I had potential, I just needed a nudge in the right direction.
— Martha, Vermont
Sixteen educators joined us for the ABCs of Farm Education workshop. Hailey Moses of North Carolina blogged about her experience with us and how she looks forward to applying what's she's learned. Read the blog.
NEXT UP: ABCs of Farm Education Workshop, March 8-10, 2013. Join us!
Fodor's puts Inn on 2012 "Top 100" list
Fodor's — the leading name in travel guides — listed the Inn at Shelburne Farms as one of their top 100 hotels around the world in 2012! See our listing. We won in their Trendsetters category, which includes "hotels that are changing the hospitality landscape." And last week on the CBS morning news, Fodor's highlighted the Inn at Shelburne Farms as one of five "best experiences for less than $250 a night." Watch the CBS story (we're presented at the end of the clip).
So when you're trying to think of holiday gift ideas, why not a gift certificate to The Inn at Shelburne Farms — one of the top 100 hotels in the world?
Where's the Farmyard Flock? Where's the Wall?
Don’t fret! Some beautiful ewes and their fluffy lambs will be ba-a-a-a-ck to the
Farmyard in the spring!
But the flock this year has outgrown the farmyard space, so for their health
and safety, they’re wintering in a larger area. The
farmyard always closes for the season; this year, we may just look a little more closed than usual.
The flock is bigger this year because we bred the ewes to lamb in two batches: one in early spring and one
mid-May. We are over-wintering an extra 30 lambs so that they can be
served at the Inn at the beginning of next season.