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February 2015

Upcoming Programs 

Some highlights:

We're the backbone organization for FBEN, strengthening and supporting educators, farmers, and communities offering on-farm education experiences.

March 28 & 29

If you're a farmer, educator, or rancher out west, join educators Rachel Cadwallader Staub and Susie Marchand at a new ABCs of Farm-Based Education workshop with our friends at Cresset Farm in Fort Collins.

April 7-8, Rutland 

"Welcoming Customers on Your Farm: Using Agritourism, Education, and Direct Sales to Increase Farm Profits."

Shelburne Farms is supporting this event through the Farm-Based Education Network and as members of the VT Agritourism Task Force.

Board Member David Marvin Profiled

We're proud to see Board member David Marvin profiled in Business People Vermont. Dave helps us improve our own sugaring operation.

Share your best ideas, projects, and activities for classrooms, cafeterias, and communities. Cash prizes and a chance to tell your story at the Farm to Institution New England Summit in April.

We All Learn Differently

Our Director of Professional Development Jen Cirillo discusses the importance of "differentiated instruction" in professional learning in a guest blog for the international education association ACSD.

Earthwalk Visits Shelburne Farms

See "Why Ecotraveler's Lovermont" in this video from Earthtalk, a project of Earth Action Network.They visited here on their trip to Burlington. 



This winter shows no sign of abating. The lake is frozen in, a few school field trips have had to cancel due to bitter wind chills, and there's no sap run in sight. Even our Brown Swiss cows are suffering a little cabin fever! (We get them outside for fresh air when we can. See this 17-second video.) 

But the cheesemaking vat is warm; chilly nights can't keep preschool educators from gathering to share ideas on outdoor play; and new agritourism guides will have you thinking of green summer fields. Read about it all below.

We're also organizing camps and placing seed orders at the Market Garden. Can spring be far behind?

Stay warm.

Holly Brough

Director of Communications

Cheesemaking 2015 begins 

We made our first batch of 2015 cheddar on January 27th. Cheesemakers Katherine, Zak, and Tom transformed 4,373 lbs of milk into about 565 lbs. of cheddar. Our production goal for the year is 170,000 lbs. Thanks to our pastures, cows, farmers and cheesemakers.. and you!

New Tools for Farmers to Support Agritourism 

Farmers thinking about how to creatively engage customers in activities on their farms through agritourism have new tools to guide them. Vera Simon-Nobes, coordinator of the Farm-Based Education Network, supported the Vermont Farms! Association in this work. Read more about the guides on our blog, or find them all on the new Vermont Agritourism Collaborative website, hosted by UVM Extension.

Supporting Early Childhood Educators

In our last enews, we highlighted our new professional learning community for early childhood educators. Now educator Linda Wellings shares more about this group on our blog.

This early childhood program is supported by Wellington/Cabot and the A.D. Henderson Foundation.

Calling schools in the Northeast! Apply by February 27 for this amazing opportunity, expanded this year thanks to a USDA grant to VT FEED. Be part of a community serving local, healthy school food to kids.

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

Member Spotlight

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

Things We Love About Shelburne Farms:
  1. Doing chores at the Farm Barn in the morning.
  2. Eating grilled cheese sandwiches at the Farm Cart.
  3. Finding awesome black and white rocks with cool patterns and skipping the flat ones across the lake.
  4. Rolling down hills.
  5. Huge open spaces beyond what you thought was nothing.
  6. Socializing with a herd of friendly cows. 
  7. Amazing 2- and 3-year Shelburne Farms homemade cheddar made from the farm's Swiss Brown Cows' milk.
  8. Getting dirty.
  9. Playing with the goat kids.
  10. Delicious dinners overlooking the gorgeous Lake Champlain.

-- Kyle Reis, Ridgewood, NJ.  Kyle and his family have vacationed at the Inn since 2003.

Read the rest of the family's list.

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