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April 2015

Upcoming Programs 

Thursday-Saturday, June 4-6

Learn the core principles of traditional diets, inspired by the teachings of the Weston A. Price Foundation. Complete schedule at link.

Hosted at Shelburne Farms, Nourish Vermont is generously sponsored by The Forrest C. and Frances H. Lattner Foundation.

Spring Soiree & Benefit

Friday, May 1 at the Inn 

Be the cat's meow to support the Farm's camp scholarship program! Live music with Hot Box Honey, hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, live auction items. Order tickets $100/person.

Cheddar Survey 

Our cheddar is a vital part of the Farm and our nonprofit work. As we consider changes to our packaging, we value your input. Take a few minutes to share your thoughts with us, and enter to win a cheddar gift package delivered to your door! Thanks in advance. Take survey.

Seasonal Recipe 

Ramp, Chicken and Cheddar Risotto

Banking on Bobolinks 

This great Burlington Free Press story shares efforts by the Bobolink Project to get citizens to pay farmers to protect grassland birds. We've been a Bobolink research site since 200?, which helped launch a Vermont program to supports farmers who delay haying to let Bobolink's fledge.

Check out UVM Extension's new Guide to Growing, Harvesting & Preserving African & Asian Crops in the Northeast, and read their blog about the project.

What We're Reading

Here's one way we carry forward the spirit of Earth Day every day: 



This past weekend I was fortunate enough to participate in the opening session of Shelburne Farms' first ever Education for Sustainability Leadership Academy (see article below). It is gathering some of the most forward thinking educators around for a collaborative year of questioning and deepening our practice in the areas of social, economic, and environmental justice. 

Two days in, the year-long program already feels like a success.

As a high school teacher, I aim to create the type of experience that the academy has already given me. Whether working independently, collaboratively in small groups, or, better yet, sitting down over a delicious meal together, my learning this weekend was deep and authentic. It drew from the diverse experiences and perspectives at the table, and from the natural beauty and inspiration of the land and lake.

At the end of the year, I hope to have fleshed out an articulated high school Sustainability Program. I can't think of a better group of people, or a better place, to help bring this seed to harvest.

Already looking forward to July,

Peter McConville

Burlington High School

Education for Sustainability Leadership Academy - new!

We're so excited to have just kicked off a new, year-long learning community of 15 educators to collectively explore education for sustainability. Director of Professional Development Jen Cirillo introduces the new initiative on our blog.

Calling Early Childhood Educators! 

We're partnering this spring on two great opportunities for early childhood educators, both being held at the Coach Barn. Don't miss them! And don't miss our summer workshop: Cultivating Joy & Wonder

May 6, Wednesday: Farm to School & Preschool: Building Healthier Kids & Healthier Communities, in partnership with VAEYC and Champlain College Graduate Studies.

June 10, Wednesday: In Bloom in Vermont: Promising Practices in Nature-Based Early Childhood Education in partnership with Antioch University New England and Four Winds Institute

Forest for Every Classroom

12 educators will join us beginning in May for this year-long professional development program. FFEC has a new, timely focus in 2015: climate change. Read about it in educator Ryan Morra's new blog.

FFEC is a partnership of Shelburne Farms, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Green Mountain National Forest, and the Stewardship Institute.

Dairy in the Classroom

For the second season, we're partnering with the New England Dairy and Food Council to help K-3 students in Vermont schools better understand and appreciate farming and healthy eating. Our educator Dana Hudson shares one boy's experience with the "Dairy in the Classroom" program on our blog.

Farming Updates 

SUGARING: We wrapped up sugaring with about 250 gallons of maple syrup. Check out this 1-minute video that captures our sugaring season.

CALVING: We've had 16 heifer calves this season, with 20 more cows still due this spring. Come meet them all at Dairy Day, Sunday, May 3.

LAMBING: We've had 114 lambs, with 32 sets of twins! Eight more ewes are due in May. If you missed our Leaping Lambs program, come visit the lambs when the Farmyard opens on May 9th!

GARDENING: The Market Garden hoop houses are greening up with onions, early season greens, and starts. Transplanting isn't far behind! 

Member Spotlight

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

Why we support the Farm
Unparalleled walking, year round.
The views of the landscape, lake and mountains.
Inspiring architecture and history.
Events and education -- from birds and nature to farming and food, from art and music to seasonal celebrations.
Meals at the inn.
In short, it is a place to soothe and uplift the soul.

-- Laura & Rob Carlsmith, Hinesburg, VT

Shelburne 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