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October 2015

Upcoming Programs 

Thanks for a Great Harvest Festival!

See the five winning photos from this year's photo contest.

We're often asked what the aromatic plant is that gets woven into so many grapevine wreaths and crowns at Harvest Fest. It's called Sweet Annie

Share Our Harvest
Thanks to all of you who dined with us October 1, the Farm contributed more than $570 to NOFA-VT to subsidize CSA produce shares for limited-income Vermonters.

Check out the new website for our partnership project with NOFA-VT.

We're a Good Food Organization
We're honored to be included in the second annual Good Food Org Guide from Food Tank and the James Beard Foundation. The guide features nonprofits doing exemplary work in the US to cultivate a better food system. 
Jr Iron Chef Vermont

recent article in Edible Green Mountains features this pioneering program that brings kids, cooking, and fresh school food together for a cook-off!

November 28-29
A prelude to the climate talks in Paris. Find out how you can be a part of the movement.

What We're Reading
Have you been seeing all the amazing rainbows recently? What a beautiful coda to another great season. Thanks to all of you who joined us to learn, explore, and simply enjoy yourself. We loved having you.  
Although most of our visitor activities are closed now (until next May), our fundamental work of educating for a sustainable future happens throughout the calendar year. You can read about some of that work below.
Enjoy your fall!
Holly Brough
Director of Communications
Farm to School Month
October is Farm to School Month! With NOFA-VT, our partners in VT FEED, we offered a taste test of Kale Pesto at Burlington's Sustainability Academy to honor it. Get the recipe on our blog.
Nationally, the USDA just released early results from its Farm to School Census. It shows that schools are spending $598 million on local foods, and enjoying many benefits. Read this related blog by National Farm to School, which is also organizing a Big Day of Action on October 22 for people to show Congress their support for the Farm to School Act, now up for reauthorization. 
Farm-Based Education 101
Another crew of farm-based educators and farmers just joined us for our biannual ABCs of Farm-Based Education workshop. Last month, the Farm-Based Education Network, which we spearhead, featured people sharing the impact of farm-based education. Moving stuff. Check them out.
Boot Camp for Chefs
Chefs can become powerful voices for food system change. We saw it in action while hosting 15 chefs here for the James Beard Foundation's 8th Boot Camp for Policy and Change. Read their reflections on the camp here, and in this blog from Executive Chef David Hugo, a boot camp participant.
Educator off to China! 
Ryan Morra (not pictured!), our EFS Partnerships Coordinator and Educator, is currently sharing Education for Sustainability practices with students, teachers, and other citizens in Yunnan Province, a mountainous region of western China. Find out why.
Early Childhood Educators
Again this fall, we're gathering a learning community of early childhood educators in Burlington to explore what education for sustainability looks like when working with young children. The group of 15+ is focused on food: procuring, experiencing, discussing it. They meet monthly at centers in the area.

Words from a Member

An inconvenient truth (another one): many people own stock in companies that, quite literally, are fueling climate change. Ownership of ugly stocks, at any level, is inconsistent with my values. Working with Shelburne Farms staff, I donated such stock, which was immediately sold and put to work for people, education, and a place that I fully believe in. 

That gives me joy and hope!

-- Elizabeth Ferry, East Barnard, 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