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March 2015

Upcoming Programs 

Seasonal Recipes 
ABCs of Farm-Based Education

Check out photos from our recent workshop. Educators Rachel Cadwallader Staub and Susie Marchand are now at Cresset Farm in Fort Collins, Colorado co-presenting another ABCs workshop.

April 7-8, Rutland 

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

Can't make it? Get started with these new agritourism guides for VT farmers.

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

Good Food Jobs

Director of Marketing and Public Relations Vera Chang shares how she got to Shelburne Farms and why she loves working here in this recent blog.

Vermontivate begins!

Join this award-winning game that helps you take meaningful action on climate change,with a sense of fun, creativity, community, and hope. They give you challenges, you change the world.

Ultimate US Road Trip

Hit major US Landmarks, including us! We'll be here to welcome you!

What We're Reading

So many promises of spring now! The sweet sap is flowing, thawing snow is turning into busy streams, and buds are bursting open with new life. (Get a sneak peak at it all in this short video from NECN, or in this new photo blog of our sugaring field trip.) All of this means it's time for Vermont Maple Open House Weekend

Mmmmaple! I think I can smell the sweet, sugary air from the Farm Barn!

Vermont Maple Open House is when all Vermont sugar makers are encouraged to open their doors and welcome their surrounding communities to celebrate Vermont's rich sugaring history and traditions -- the tastiest ode to spring.

Join us this weekend for sugar on snow, a pancake breakfast benefiting the Shelburne Explorers 4-H Club, tapping sugar maples,and so much more. Sadly, the farmyard is so icy, you won't be able to see our new lambs this weekend. Your first chance to see them will be at our Leaping Lambs program April 11! 

See you in the sugarbush!

Cat Wright

Family Program Coordinator


P.S. Earlier this week, we were excited to welcome Ask This Old House to the sugarbush for a story that they'll air next spring! Read about it here.

Spring Soiree & Benefit  

Be the cat's meow at our Soiree and help support the Farm's summer camp scholarship program! Join us at the Inn on Friday, May 1 for live music with Hot Box Honey, hors d'oeuvres, cash bar (Prohibition's over!), and live auction items. Order tickets today! $100/person. Early bird: $75 until April 1!

2015 National Farm to School Legislation 

U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) recently introduced legislation to extend a key nutrition program for school-aged children. The bipartisan Farm to School Act of 2015 will increase federal resources committed to bringing fresh, local foods to schools nationwide. This includes Vermont, whose Farm to School Grant Program has supported 96 schools and reached more than 27,000 students. We are grateful for Senator Leahy's continued support of Farm to School! Read press release.

Farm to Institution Summit

Are you working to boost the amount of local/regional food used by Northeast schools, colleges and hospitals? Join hundreds of other advocates and fans at the 2015 Farm to Institution Summit at UMass Amherst, April 7-9! Read 8 Great Reasons to Attend the Farm to School Forum on April 7 and register!

Shelburne Farms is supporting the Summit & Forum as part of its partnership in VT FEED with NOFA-VT.

Jr Iron Chef VT inspires

What a day! 260 students from 61 schools across Vermont participated in Saturday's event, cooking up scrumptious, healthy school meals using locally grown ingredients. Read Burlington Free Press article about the kids behind the aprons and this Best of Burlington feature. And of course, here are the winning recipes!

Jr Iron Chef VT is organized by the Burlington School Food Project and VT FEED.

Member Spotlight

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

Retired teacher and honorary steward Oletha (Lee) Bickford knows the Farm inside and out. Her husband Bob served on our board for many years and chaired the Farm Committee. When she wanted to honor his memory, Lee helped fund construction of the new energy-efficient Bickford Farmhouse for dairy staff. Now, with a recent lead challenge gift, Lee is helping us expand our maple sugaring operation. How sweet it is to highlight long-time friends like Lee!  

Learn more about our new maple sugaring plans for 2016.

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