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2019 Open Farm Week Events in Central Vermont

FRIDAY, AUGUST 9TH

CENTRAL

WASHINGTON

von Trapp Farmstead, Waitsfield

Feeding Pastured Pigs at the von Trapp Farmstead

Noon - 2pm | Does your family love animals?  If so come join Von Trapp Farmstead at our satellite pigville location on Marble Hill in Fayston, VT to meet our herd of 50 pasture raised, whey fed pigs! Visitors will have the opportunity to help us feed them organic Red Hen bread, veggies from the local market, "pasture bouquets". Selfies encouraged!

Our scenic pasture has a unique view of the Mad River Valley and we will be teaching guests about pasture management, regenerative agriculture and natural pig behaviors.  While entering the paddock is not required to feed the pigs, all those who wish to enter will need to have long pants and hard shoes (our pigs are friendly but we want to make sure everyone stays clean and safe!)  

Before you leave, purchase our very own Salami and artisan cheese (cash only please), and learn about our Monthly Meat Mixer CSA, a regular supply of 12-15 lbs of beef and pasture raised, whey fed pork available for $100 per month.

 

Green Mountain Girls Farm, Northfield

Compose & Play: Regenerative Farm Supper, Tour and Concert at the Green Mountain Girls Farm

5:30pm | What happens when...farmers are also avid cooks? Farmshare members are also world class musicians? And those musicians are also composers and have friends that are similarly talented? And when the farm wraps up its 10th anniversary just as the musicians launch theirs? A celebratory gathering of course!

Farms and art grow from and towards community. Please join Green Mountain Girls Farm and Scrag Mountain Music as they honor universal interconnectedness as well as reciprocity between farmers and eaters, artists and audiences, Vermonters/Vermont appreciators and working landscapes, as well as this very special, decade-old partnership.

Step beyond the barnyard into growing season abundance. Whiff herbs crushed under your feet and touch fruits filling as their trees photosynthesize gregariously. Listen to the soundscape of the farm ecosystem. Lovingly ingest the wellness of food grown and prepared at Green Mountain Girls Farm. Dine and converse with musicians and the community of supporters. Enjoy stunning performances and be challenged to participate in Scrag Mountain Music’s signature participatory style.

A $30 ticket secures your spot (parking and seats) for farm supper/tour as well as the concert. But the concert payment will be collected at the concert. Pre-registration required.

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10TH

 

ADDISON

Flatlander Farm, Starksboro

Flatlander Farm Summer Celebration Featuring Glass Pony

3:00 pm | Come celebrate summer at Flatlander Farm! Enjoy farm tours and live music on the lawn overlooking the animals as they graze beneath Mount Ellen and Mount Abe. Join us in celebrating our season with live music by Glass Pony and neighboring doers and makers offering their goods for purchase. This event is great for the entire family, but please leave your canine members at home. A suggested donation of $10 is welcome to help compensate the band for their art.

ORANGE

Brookfield Bees, Brookfield

Honey Tasting at Brookfield Bees

11am - 3pm | Brookfield Bees honey is unprocessed, with no heating or filtering so you get all the good things honey can provide. The farm boasts a collection of honey from across the United States and around the world, from Maine to California and Iceland to New Zealand. Visitors have an opportunity to sample honey from various locations and various floral sources. Meet the beekeeper, see an observation hive, and find out why honey from the supermarket just cannot compete.

Free Verse Farm, Chelsea

Natural Dye Workshop at Free Verse Farm

2:30 - 7pm | In this outdoor class, Susannah Taylor, owner of the natural dye textile company Earthen Warrior, will introduce you to the basics of natural dyes in a beautiful mountainside setting.

In this class, you will get to experiment with an assortment of dyes, many of them grown and harvested at Free Verse Farm, as we have recently begun a partnership with Earthen Warrior to grow natural dye plants for their ever-expanding line of sleepwear and bedding.

Dye over a fire pit amongst the flowers, herbs, butterflies, and bees, and learn all about which fibers you can use to dye and how to make a bright, saturated color that lasts. You will use flowers and dye grown on the farm, as well as exotic natural dyes, medicinal plants, and food waste. You will leave class with your own color swatches, a silk scarf, and a cotton tote.

WASHINGTON

Capitol City Farmers Market, Montpelier

8:00am - 12:00pm. | The Capital City Farmers Market showcases 60 local farmers, producers, and makers offering fresh vegetables and fruits, quality meats, specialty cheeses, artisan bread, baked goods, ethnic foods, herbs, plants, flowers, arts and crafts, honey and maple syrup…the list goes on and on. Enjoy live music, delicious food, artisan crafts, and more.

East Hill Tree Farm, Plainfield

Edible Landscaping Tour at East Hill Tree Farm

10am -12:30pm | Ripe fruit, flowers, healthy soil. These are just a few of the benefits that come when we integrate fruit trees, berry plants, and even nut trees into our gardens and landscapes. Join Nicko Rubin for a tour of East Hill Tree Farm’s extensive edible landscape plantings including, pears, plums, chestnuts, hazelnuts, hardy kiwi, seaberry, blueberry, and lots more. We will discuss strategies for the establishment and ecological maintenance of our edible landscapes; building soil health and supporting pollinators and beneficial insects.

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 11TH

CENTRAL

ORANGE

Brookfield Bees, Brookfield

Honey Tasting at Brookfield Bees

11am - 3pm | Brookfield Bees honey is unprocessed, with no heating or filtering so you get all the good things honey can provide. The farm boasts a collection of honey from across the United States and around the world, from Maine to California and Iceland to New Zealand. Visitors have an opportunity to sample honey from various locations and various floral sources. Meet the beekeeper, see an observation hive, and find out why honey from the supermarket just cannot compete.

WINDSOR

Earthwise Farm and Forest, Bethel

Labyrinth Walk and Pick-Your-Own Flowers at Earthwise Farm and Forest

9:30-11am | Enjoy the healing effects of walking a labyrinth at Earthwise Farm and Forest while also basking in the beauty of the annual and perennial flowers growing in between the walking paths. The morning will start with an introduction to the Labyrinth/Flower Garden, followed by an opportunity to walk the labyrinth. Participants can then harvest their own flower bouquet to take home with them. Additional bouquets are available for purchase, and the farm store will be open for additional shopping.

Earthwise Farm and Forest is a certified organic, draft-animal powered homestead farm located in Bethel, Vermont. Their mission is to grow healthy, vibrant, food and forest products for their customers and themselves by applying the principles and practices of Holistic Management, Regenerative, Biodynamic, and Organic Agriculture. They produce and sell organic raw milk, chicken, Muscovy duck, heritage turkey, grass-fed beef, garlic, vegetables, cut flowers, and non-organic (though GMO-Free) eggs, pastured pork, maple syrup, preserves, holiday wreaths, and pottery.

Educational workshops are offered at their farm throughout the calendar year covering topics that include raw dairy processing, livestock care and grazing management, homesteading, and dowsing and agriculture.

Earthwise Farm & Forest, Bethel

Earthwise Farm & Forest Diversified Farm Tour

1-3pm | Enjoy a tour of Earthwise Farm and Forest, a certified organic, draft-animal powered homestead farm located in Bethel, Vermont and hear stories about the life and love of building a relationship with the land and livestock, and providing a place where kids can interact with nature, eat healthy food, and thrive.

As part of Vermont Open Farm Week enjoy a farm tour and see their many enterprises from pastured livestock operations (cows, oxen, horses, chickens, turkeys, pigs), vegetable and flower gardens, a walking labyrinth, and the off-grid home. The tour will conclude with a farm-fresh snack at their farm store, where other farm products will be for sale. This is a walking tour; some hills included.

In-depth farm tour (2 hours, includes farm-fresh snack). Please register ahead of time (by August 9th) by calling 802-234-5524 or emailing Lmccrory560@gmail.com. $25 per person, $75 minimum.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14TH

ADDISON

Meeting Place Pastures, Cornwall

NOFA-VTs Celebrate Your Farmer Social

5:30-7:30pm | Enjoy farm-fresh pizza and a celebration of Meeting Place Pastures! Owned and operated by Marc and Cheryl Cesario, Meeting Place Pastures is a diversified livestock farm established in 2009. The farm contract grazes cattle, both dairy heifers and beef, for a variety of customers and markets. They also graze their sheep flock along with the cattle on 1200 certified organic acres of mixed perennial pastures. Their mission is to grow thriving relationships between the sun, grass, and community. Come and enjoy dinner baked in NOFA-VT's wood-fired pizza oven, followed by a farm tour.

Also join us in welcoming NOFA-VT’s new Executive Director Grace Oedel to this NOFA-VT Pizza Social! Meet and learn more about Grace and what she brings to the organization.

$10 suggested donation per person. Registration is helpful but not required. 

ORANGE

Free Verse Farm, Chelsea

Herb Farm Tour and Arepas at Free Verse Farm

5-7:30pm | Enjoy a sensory tour of the fields of culinary, medicinal, and tea herbs at Free Verse Farm & Apothecary. This small hill farm grows 60 varieties of herbs that serve as the main ingredients for their line of culinary blends, herbal tea blends, and herbal remedies and body care products. On the tour, you'll wind your way up the hillside (which features an amazing view of the village of Chelsea!) to tour the perennial and annual herb beds and learn about the farm's ethos, growing practices, history, collaborations, and more.

After the tour, you'll head back down the hill for iced tea (free) and homemade arepas made using locally-grown organic corn (for purchase) from the Moon & Stars Food Cart. Moon and Stars Farm is a project that connects communities through the Arepa-making process while bringing native, heritage, open-pollinated corn back to the VT landscape.

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