Openings Still Available for May 23rd
Raw Dairy Class in Randolph
Our Wed 5/23 dairy class, 1-4 pm is at Turkey Hill Farm in Randolph Center.
Margaret Osha will be teaching how to make cottage cheese with cow’s milk, a product that we’ve gotten numerous requests for but haven’t been able to offer often, and yogurt panna cotta – a brand new product for our dairy class inventory!
Pre-registration required, $20-40 sliding scale
If you’d like to register please contact Shelby or call 223-7222 ASAP.
We had a blast – hope you did too!
Rural Vermont’s 2012 Annual Celebration on May 16th was a huge success. If you were there, THANK YOU! and we hope you had a great time. If you missed it here are some highlights:
The Wilder Center in Wilder VT was bursting at the
seams with music, laughter, lively discussion, and the kind of potluck spread that can only be found at a gathering of farmers and their friends. An energetic crowd of about 150 Rural
Vermont members and supporters convened to celebrate, catch up with friends, and get inspired by farmer and author Ben Hewitt and his humorous and iconoclastic talk titled “The Future is in the Dirt: Growing a Culture of Vermonters Feeding Vermonters.”
Before the formal program began, guests’ taste buds were tickled by everything from homemade bread and butter to grass-fed meatballs and BBQ spareribs to a rainbow of fermented and pickled veggies. During the feasting, Upper Valley musicians Nancy and Mike Wood played some great tunes on mandolin and guitar, closing with a song written by Nancy specifically in honor of Rural Vermont!
Rural Vermont’s Director Andrea Stander welcomed the crowd and unveiled a huge new banner, handmade of hemp fabric by farmer/member Peter Harvey of East Calais, depicting Rural Vermont’s iconic wood block print cow logo. Suzanne Lupien of Norwich, the farmer and artist who created the logo, came
on stage to sign the banner to enthusiastic applause.
In highlighting Rural Vermont’s accomplishments over the past year, Andrea spoke of the phenomenal public support that was built around the VT Right To Know GMO Food Labeling bill campaign. One of the key individuals behind this effort, Will Allen of Cedar Circle Farm
, was honored for his activism on this issue. Will received the prestigious Jack Starr Award for his dedication and marshaling of resources to support the campaign “It was really great to see Will Allen receive the recognition he deserves,” said Enid Wonnacatt, director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of VT.
Rural Vermont’s membership welcomed Rachel Schattman and Randy and Lisa Robar to the Board of Directors. Rachel owns and operates Bella Farm, a vegetable farm in Monkton; and Randy and Lisa own Kiss the Cow Farm in Barnard, where they milk a small herd of Jerseys.
Ben Hewitt was the rock star of the evening with his entertaining and thought provoking presentation “The Future’s in the Dirt: Growing a Culture of Vermonters Feeding Vermonters.” Ben stirred the pot by presenting some “Big Fat Lies” about the industrial food system and then he invited the audience to offer their thoughts and ideas too – it was a very lively discussion. On her way out, Cat Buxton of Sharon and Education Coordinator at Cedar Circle Farm said, “I am really glad I came; I’m a new fan of Ben Hewitt. I love seeing the faces of change in agriculture all in one room!”
Rural Vermont’s Annual Celebration would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Please help us show our appreciation by patronizing them and thanking them for their support for Rural Vermont.
NOFA-VT, Upper Valley Food Co-op, Cedar Circle Farm, Chelsea Green Publishing, Building a Local Economy (BALE), Edible Green Mountains, Vermont Grass Farmers’ Association, Bob White Systems, High Mowing Seeds, Sterling College, South Royalton Market, Vermont Compost Company, Local Banquet, and Way Out Wax.
Stay tuned for more updates, the winners of the fabulous Farm Fresh Five Raffle and more photos!
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