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Burlington Ensemble
Burlington Ensemble Kickoff Concerts!
JULY 23-25, Tuesday-Thursday
Burlington Ensemble makes music with a social mission, and they kick off their summer classical music series next week with 3 concerts at the Coach Barn to benefit Vermont FEED. This great story in 7Days highlights the partnership between Shelburne Farms and BE: music meeting mission. Details/tickets.
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Dudley turns 30!
Dudley turns 30! Come wish him a happy birthday at Green Mtn. Draft Horse Field Day! 

Save the Dates!
Rebuilding the Foodshed 
SEPTEMBER 11, Wednesday
We're excited to be partnering again with Chelsea Green to present author Philip Ackerman-Leist. He'll discuss his new book, Rebuilding the Foodshed: Remapping Our Expectations for the Food We Share. Program details 
More Baby Goats!
Raisin gave birth to her first kids on June 30. We named her twins Aurora and Borealis, in keeping with an "Outer Space" theme. See them on Facebook.
Selecting Cheddars for American Cheese Society Competition Off to the American Cheese Society
Our cheesemakers recently got some staff input on which of our cheddars to send to the annual American Cheese Society Competition and Conference, July 31-Aug. 3 in Madison, WI. The choices were tough!
20 Ways to Grow, Think about, and Eat Food
UVM's recent alumni magazine shares how various UVM faculty, students, and alums are carving out new directions in food systems. It includes our Vice-President Megan Camp ('84).  
More Restaurants Growing Their Own
We're proud to be featured recently in this VPR story and Burlington Free Press story about more restaurants growing their food in their own backyards. 
Free-Range Educators! 
Educators at the Farm this summer learn, grow, and are inspired
Jen Cirillo
Jen Cirillo
Despite the heat, it's been an amazing summer for sharing ideas on sustainability, food, and place with a tremendous range of educators. With all that goes on here, the Farm is an ideal classroom for them to learn, reflect, and be inspired. We thought we'd give you a taste of what your support of Shelburne Farms means, and what it helps accomplish. Collectively, we're working to cultivate change in education -- to set us on the path to a sustainable future. Thank you!
Jen Cirillo
Director of Professional Development
150 Educators "Discover" Education for Sustainability

K-12 teachers, librarians, technology coaches, and principals from the US and Canada joined us July 15 to be introduced to education for sustainability. They were here as part of Discovery Educator Network's week-long Summer Institute, based in Burlington this year. Discovery Education transforms classrooms by providing quality, dynamic, digital content to schools.


Interested in the Institute? You can live-stream many of the workshops. 

Project Seasons Workshop for Early Childhood Educators
Photo by Amanda Herzberger
Educators Dive into Sustainability in Early Childhood
A workshop based on our new book, "Cultivating Joy & Wonder

The 26 adults attending our workshop for early childhood educators are a great group: teachers, a farmer, preschool directors, an after-school garden instructor. They're out and about the Farm this week experiencing how we conduct our early childhood programs, sharing best practices, networking, and of course, having fun! It all leads to educating more young children with the planet and future in mind.

Educators for Farms, Food, & Nutrition
Vermont FEED hosted back-to-back institutes in late June
Farm to School Institute participants
Participants in the 2013 Farm to School Institute

A total of 19 school teams from across Vermont converged at the Coach Barn in late June to develop action plans for implementing food, farm, and nutrition education across their K-12 curriculum. It was the closing day of the year-long Nutrition Education Institute and the opening 3-day workshop of the 2013-2014 Farm to School Institute!

"Shelburne Farms is a treasure. Thank you for the amazing support, resources, and personnel that you provide to teachers."
-- Participant of Farm to School Institute


Emily Hoyler with Service Learning group
Emily Hoyler of Middlebury College discusses how sustainability is where equity, economy, and environment meet. Photo by Amanda Herzberger
Educators Explore Service-Learning
An international group of teachers link service-learning to sustainability

Hailing from Egypt to Oregon, 40 teachers are at the Coach Barn this week sharing their stories about service-learning in their schools and classrooms. Now over 10 years old, this annual workshop is offered by Community Works Institute in partnership with Shelburne Farms. Our educators Ethan Bodin and Sarah Kadden are sharing how sustainability comes alive through service- learning outside the classroom. 

You can think of it this way: 

  • The context for teaching = place
  • The strategy = service-learning
  • The goal = sustainability 
A Forest for Every Classroom at Merck Forest Educators in the Woods!
A Forest for Every Classroom participants continue their learning journey at Merck Forest and Farmland Center

A fun-loving group of 20 teachers in the 2013 "class" of FFEC, joined up all last week at Merck Forest to dive into place-based learning. This is the second and most intensive of their 5 gatherings. Educators from Vermont, New Hampshire and Boston immersed themselves into "systems thinking" by exploring the forest ecosystem. The lessons can then be carried over to any place outside the classroom walls.

  • SEPTEMBER 24: Education for Sustainability Summit at the Coach Barn.  Stay tuned! We'll share more info as it becomes available.

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