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Join us for Harvest Festival, Saturday, Sept. 20, 10 am - 4 pm! 

Share a photo at the Festival  ! Hashtag #shelburnefarms. We'll pick five of our favorites
and send winners 1 lb of our 3-Year Reserve Farmstead Cheddar!

Sept. 2014 Newsletter

September menus
Featuring farm-fresh, local ingredients. Reservations: 802-985-8498. Inn closes Oct. 19.

On October 2, 10% of restaurant proceeds to benefit:

Harvest Festival Recipe
Make Spaghetti Squash Greek Salad with that produce from your late summer garden.

Upcoming programs 

Some highlights:

VT Traditional Foods & Health Symposium

Thurs.-Sat., September 25-27
Learn the core principles of traditional diets and how they can contribute to health, wellness and longevity.

Fri.-Sun., October 10-12
Just scheduled! Build a rustic table/bench from a slab of wood from a Farm-grown tree.

Offered with Shelburne Craft School

Sunday, September 21  
We're encouraging friends near and far to take part in this historic march in NYC or join another action around the world. At our Harvest Festival, be sure to stop by the energy exhibits to learn more.

Farm to school

Abbie Nelson of VT FEED recently chatted with VPR on how to get yummy, nutritious, local dishes in VT schools. One answer? A copy of New School Cuisine cookbook. Read/listen to interview.

VT FEED is a partnership of Shelburne Farms and NOFA-VT

Cheddar earns ribbons

We brought home several ribbons from the Big E Gold Medal Cheese Competition in the smoked and "aged for over a year" categories! 

  • Gold - Smoked
  • Silver - Clothbound
  • Bronze - 2-Year Cheddar

Travel to Shelburne Farms with Edible Manhattan in this wonderful story by Nancy Matsumoto and Letter from the Editor by Gabrielle Langholtz.

Bring the kids!

We love being a "go-to" place for you and your children. Find other things to do in the area at Burlington Mom's Blog or Taking The Kids. (Enjoy the farm for free: Join today!)

What we're reading 


Have you made the shift from summer to fall schedules? We have, too! At the education center, we're welcoming students hopping off yellow buses instead of summer campers in farm wagons. The first bus rolled in September 4th with kindergarteners from JFK in Winooski. Deb LaForce, one of JFK's four fantastic kindergarten teachers, used their visit to kick-off a year-long project on "The Kinder Gardens."

September days are now filled with the smells of simmering tomato sauce, rising dough, and newly pressed queso blanco for making farm-fresh pizza. Students in our Farm to You program explore the big ideas of community and cycles as they grind wheat into flour, transform milk into cheese, and harvest toppings from our education garden, all while considering what it takes to feed a community.

Each school year, I love reconnecting with teachers and students as we work together to align our programs to their classroom curriculum. We eagerly use our 1,400-acre campus to engage with rigorous standards while allowing for experiential learning. I can't think of a better place to experience the interconnectedness of the agricultural, natural, and human landscape.

See you under the family tent at Harvest Festival, as we cook corn cakes, paint faces, and create vine and flower wreaths!



Christie Nold

School Programs Coordinator

We've launched a blog!

We're so excited to be able to share with you the work of the Farm in greater depth. Read our welcome post, and check back on the blog frequently for new stories and essays about how we are together building a more sustainable future.

Of Land & Local art exhibit

Thursday, October 9 - Sunday, October 26
Don't miss this second annual show of Burlington City Arts, exploring the Vermont's landscape. Artist Nancy Millikin's sails have been gracing our fields in anticipation of the show. Read her blog on how she created them. More art will be in the Coach Barn.

ABCs of Farm-Based Education in October

Farmers, check out our ABCs of Farm-Based Education workshop, October 19-21. Learn and share how you can open your farm to school groups or visitors using a wide range of educational activities. It's a great workshop for place-based nonprofits, too.

Gathering educators in VT

Thursday, October 2, 1-5 pm
Educators, join us for "Stories of Hope & Resilience," a gathering to rejuvenate your practice and share stories and strategies for educating for sustainability. For interested teachers, administrators, support staff, nonprofits, community partners, and students.

Educating for sustainability in Puerto Rico and NYC

Educator Ryan Morro is headed for Puerto Rico for a mini-summit on education reform with our partners at the Institute for Democratic Education in America. Ryan joined our staff this summer as Education for Sustainability Partnership Coordinator.

In August, Jen Cirillo co-facilitated an education for sustainability institute for educators at the Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation in NYC, as part of our ongoing partnership with CELF. Jen was radio interviewed while there.

Sustainability Academy earns "Eco-School" honor

Congratulations to our partners, Burlington's Sustainability Academy, for becoming the first Vermont school to earn the highest "Green Flag" honor in the Eco-Schools USA challenge! Eco-Schools encourages schools in 59 countries (3,000 in the US) to incorporate sustainability in all aspects of their schools, from energy efficiency to local food in the cafeteria to curriculum. 

Summer wrap-up

We can't bid goodbye to summer without a thank you to all the amazing "campers" -- more than 700 children, young adults, and educators -- who joined us this season to learn, ask questions, and simply connect to the world around them. We loved having you. Take a peek at what they experienced.

Member spotlight

People like you make Shelburne Farms possible. We're so grateful.

Magda Mininberg has only visited Shelburne Farms once, back in 1990, with her husband Gus and their then toddler son Benjamin. "That was before our family business really took off," recalls Magda, from the busy home office of High Voltage Electric Services outside of Albany, NY. During their first and only visit, the Mininbergs became members and they have supported the Farm ever since, including a recent major gift endowing their annual support. "Both of my parents and my aunt were teachers. I understand how worthwhile the Farm's program are," Magda says.

Shelburne FarmsShelburne Farms  is a nonprofit organization educating for a sustainable future. Our campus is a 1,400-acre working farm, forest, and National Historic Landmark.  www.shelburnefarms.org * 802-985-8686