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May 2014 Newsletter

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Early Spring Menus
All of our menus feature farm-fresh, local ingredients. For dining reservations, call 802-985-8498.

Upcoming Programs

Events with Chelsea Green:

UVM Food Systems Summit

Tues & Wed, June 17 & 18

Join us at the UVM Food Systems Summit, an annual event drawing scholars, leaders, and practitioners to engage in dialogue on the pressing food systems issues facing our world. We're co-sponsors.

We're on the Trail

National Geographic's Traveler Magazine included us in their Best Tours in North America 2014: The Vermont Locavore Trail.

We're also thrilled to be part of Cultural Crossroads' new tour, "Dig into Vermont's Edible Landscape."

What We're Reading 

Children's Farmyard, Inn & Restaurant, Tours, Trails. Now through Oct. 19. Hope to see you!

Support for Agritourism 
Are you a farmer? Apply now for free technical assistance to expand or develop your agritourism or on-farm programs. You'll be matched with farmer mentors and consultants in focus areas like: pick-your-own, CSAs, farm tours, camps, weddings, on-farm dinners, and lots more. Applications accepted until filled. Questions? Contact Vera Simon-Nobes or Lisa Chase. Download application.

This is a project of Shelburne Farms, the Vermont Farms! Association, and UVM Extension. Funding for this opportunity is generously provided by the Canaday Family Charitable Trust, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the USDA Federal and State Marketing Improvement Program.

Spreading Preschool Joy & Wonder

We're bringing the lessons of our book Cultivating Joy & Wonder to a widening circle of educators. At evening workshops in Waterbury, educator Linda Wellings worked with childcare providers on assembling healthy snacks, planting seeds, and more. "I was so impressed by their dedication after a long day of caring for kids," she said.

She shared more activities at the kickoff event for Let's Grow Kids, a public education campaign to raise understanding of how important the earliest years are to Vermont's children. Our goal? To get all kids outside, moving, and connected!

Are you an early childhood educator? Join us for our Project Seasons for Young Learners Workshop, July 14-17. Scholarships available! 

New Walking Trail
We've added a new stretch of walking trail that connects the Lake Trail to the Farm Trail, making a great loop (see map). We've also installed several new benches along our trails, so come stroll, relax, and enjoy the views alongside our pastures.

Future Farmers Inspired

Vermont Future Farmers of America have been at the Farm this week for their annual convention, which included participating in community service projects (like stacking wood!). If these young adults are any indication, farming has a bright future. Find out more in this WCAX story.

Megan Camp Honored
Program Director and Vice President Megan Camp just received the "Outstanding Community Member" award for her "Dedicated Service to the Environment and Sustainability" from the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. 

Cheddar Heads to DC

Our cheese was selected for the 9th Annual Taste of Vermont Reception held in Washington, DC on May 8, which showcased Vermont products. Cheesemaker Sam Bevet (photo) represented the Farm alongside Senator Patrick Leahy and over 50 other Vermont organizations and businesses.


(This weekend, Pasture to Palate program participants will make cheddar that'll push our production to over 50,000 lbs for the year!)

Upcoming Conference

Join us Saturday, May 24th for Urban Moonshine's Herbal Conference: inspired thinking, herbal classes and walks, plus an evening of food, drink and celebration. All profits will benefit the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism's community herbal clinics. Children welcome (ages 12 and under are free)!


Farming Updates

For a visual round-up of what's been happening this spring at the dairy, farmyard, and market garden, check out this Facebook photo album.  


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