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View all our summer programs online. Here's what's upcoming:

Water Critter Wonders

MAY 18, Sat. | am & pm sessions.

Forest to Furniture with the Shelburne Craft School

MAY 31-JUNE 2, Friday - Sunday

Vermont Traditional Foods & Health Symposium

JUNE 13-15, Thursday-Saturday

Explore the core principles of traditional diets, inspired by the Weston A. Price Foundation, and how they can contribute to your health, wellness and longevity. Tastings dinner, lunches, exhibits.

Made possible by The Forrest & Frances Lattner Foundation and many additional sponsors

Thursday, JUNE 13, 7 pm
Film Screening: Genetic Roulette, The Gamble of Our Lives; A Film By Jeffrey Smith, Narrated By Linda Oz

Friday, JUNE 14

  • The Genetics of Success: How Diet Shapes a Child's Future, Dr. Cate Shanahan
  • PRIMAL BODY, PRIMAL MIND: Lessons from the Past & a Diet for Our Future, Nora Gedgaudas

Saturday, JUNE 15

  • Get Cultured! Enjoy Traditional Ferments and Heal the Gut with the GAPS Diet, Cathy Eason
  • Nourishing Traditional Diets: The Key to Vibrant Health, Sally Fallon Morell


JUNE 25-29 More info.

news Bites

With Thanks to You

Did you see our page in the Burlington Free Press? Inspired and sponsored by board member Ernie Pomerleau, it's a thank you to our community for supporting all that we do to cultivate change for a sustainable future.

Doug Davis, Burlington School Food DirectorTransforming School Food

Read about the amazing efforts of Doug Davis, Burlington School Food Director to bring healthier, fresh foods to his school cafeterias. As partners with Doug in the Burlington School Food Project, we're excited to see him earn this recognition.

Capture My Vermont II
Capture My Vermont II

This newly released book of gorgeous photos around Vermont features our Coach Barn on the cover (photo by David Jennings).

More Beautiful Photos

Some participants in "Lenses on the Land" on May 5th have shared their photos on our FlickR page. Interested in photography? Check out our photography workshop for beginners coming up June 19!

for Educators

Bridging Disciplines: Exploring the Stories of Our Place

Friday, MAY 31 • Ft. Ticonderoga
A great professional opportunity for educators in a great place! Presented by Champlain Basin Education Initiative (our partners).

Tours, Children's Farmyard, Inn & Restaurant, Trails. Now thru Oct. 20. Hope to see you!

breaking news from The Farm

Cultivating Joy and WonderOur new book for early childhood educators!

If you teach, parent, or spend time with young learners, we've got a book for you! Cultivating Joy and Wonder: Educating for Sustainability in Early Childhood through Nature, Food, and Community is now available for download.

Its activities, essays, and handouts are the fruits of our years of experience in early childhood education and sustainability, both on the Farm and with our partners, the Sustainability Academy and King Street Center in Burlington, Vermont.

Try this spring activity from the book with your child or students: Pond Critters!

If you're interested in becoming a field test site, contact Linda Wellings, 802-985-0308 for more information.

To Farmers: Help Strengthen Vermont Agritourism!

If you're engaged with on-farm visitors, farm-based education or agritourism on any scale, join the conversation on what makes a quality on-farm experience and what resources you need in order to offer those experiences. We're collaborating with the Vermont Farms! Association to host a series of listening sessions about best practices for welcoming farm visitors (tourists and local community). Travel stipends are available and yummy local snacks will be provided.

  • MAY 20 - Woodstock, VT
  • MAY 22 - Hardwick, VT
  • MAY 28 - Londonderry, VT
  • MAY 29 - South Hero, VT

For more information or to RSVP (required) email Vera Simon-Nobes, or call her at: 802-985-0382.

Yankee Editors Choice AwardAward for best hands-on farm programs

Thanks, Yankee Magazine! They recognized us as a "2013 Editors Choice" winner for our hands-on farm programs in their May/June Traveler's Guide to New England! "Shelburne Farms has become a leader in the local-foods movement with farm-based education programs for both children and adults."

Want to experience farm-based education? Come visit (of course), or check out recent coverage of our April Vacation "Farmer for a Day" program in this Burlingon Free Press article or this WCAX story.

Inn Gardens Challenge GrantAnnouncing Formal Gardens 2013 Challenge Grant!

Every new gift to the Formal Gardens Restoration Project this year will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $150,000, thanks to a very generous, anonymous donor! If successful, the grant will allow us to complete Phase 3 of the project in 2014, which involves structural repairs to the upper gardens. Work this May and June is repairing the central stairs to the Lily Pool and the brick walls in the south half of the upper gardens.

The grant is contingent on the Farm raising a matching $150,000 by December 1, 2013. To support this challenge and be part of this beautiful restoration effort, please contact Alec Webb or Sue Dixon.

Forest for Every Classroom Kickoff

The Forest for Every Classroom (FFEC) program kicked off April 26th with 20 educators representing many grade levels and hailing from all around Vermont and the Boston area. This initial workshop, held at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, introduced teachers to the two-year professional development program and grounded them in place-based learning and education for sustainability.

FFEC is a partnership of the Green Mountain National Forest, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Shelburne Farms and Merck Forest and Farmland Center.

around the Property

Simone Edgar HolmesGender-Bending Jack

By Simone Edgar Holmes

Simone (at right), is a participant in Shelburne Farms' Aspiring Naturalist Teen program. These young naturalists will periodically share a phenology tidbit with you. Phenology is the study of the timing of natural events and cycles.

Jack in the Pulpit When walking through moist woods in May, keep an eye out for Jack-in-the-pulpit, arisaema tryphyllum. A Jack-in-the-pulpit begins its life bearing male flowers, but after one or two years its gender can change. If the plant receives enough sunlight, moisture and nutrients, it can store enough energy to produce female flowers the following year. If not, the plant will remain male. Its flowers are located at the base of the spadix or "Jack," which is protected by the spathe or "pulpit." Gently open the spathe to glimpse the flowers inside. Green berries indicate it's female; whitish, thread-like berries mean it's male. Female plants also usually have two 3-part leaves; males only grow one.

SIMONE'S ILLUSTRATION shows a male Jack-in-the-Pulpit. ARTICLE SOURCE: Naturally Curious by Mary Holland.

Shelburne Farms Shelburne Farms cultivates a conservation ethic for a sustainable future. We are a nonprofit education center, 1,400-acre working farm, and National Historic Landmark. 1611 Harbor Road • Shelburne, Vermont • 05482 • • 802-985-8686