Interested in sustainable agriculture education? If so, you might consider registering for the Sustainable Agriculture Education Association’s 5th National conference. This year’s theme is The Campus Food System: A Learning Laboratory, and it will take place on Sep. 9-10 in Corvallis, Oregon. More information here.
Wednesday (Aug 15)
BBQ chicken and other delicious dinner items are in this spread.
5:30pm. Richmond Congregational Church. Richmond. $4-8.
Attendees learn from dairy farmer Lindsay Harris of Hinesburg’s Family Cow Farmstand how to make their own Italian-style cheese at home.
6–7:30pm. Sustainability Academy, Lawrence Barnes School. Burlington. $5-10. Please preregister here.
Lawn Party & Chicken Barbecue
The title really says it all, but I feel that the presence of fried dough and a pie contest needs to be mentioned.
5pm. Village Green. Bristol. Cost of food and drink.
Whole Foods Nutrition Group Meeting: Foods for Skin and Hair Health
We all love great skin. With the input of some local experts, we will explore foods and herbs that promote skin health, those to avoid, and how to make those cells glow.
6-7:30pm. Fiddleheads Cuisine. 31 Sitka Lane. Moretown. Free; donations welcome. Call (802) 793-4747 with questions.
Growing and Using Natural Plant Dyes
Avid fiber artist Billie Smith will show you how to use some of the plants from your garden and meadows to dye wool. Using Knoll Farm plants that we forage, you will have the opportunity to dye raw Icelandic wool provided by Helen Whybrow from her flock for the workshop. White and grey roving and yarn will be available for purchase.
1- 4pm. Knoll Farm. 700 Bragg Hill Rd. Waitsfield. $25 (includes handouts). Please preregister here.
Enjoy the Wonders of Fungi
Learn how to grow your own mushrooms with Eric Swanson of Vermush.
5–7pm. Hunger Mountain Co-op. Montpelier. $10-12. Please preregister here.
Community bonding over a buffet meal makes for a fun family-friendly evening thanks to the Winooski Coalition for a Safe and Peaceful Community.
5:30–7pm. O’Brien Community Center. Winooski. Free; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult; transportation available for seniors (call 373-1955).
Thursday (Aug 16)
Farm and food lovers come together over good music, good food, and good Zero Gravity brews.
5:30–8pm. Intervale Center. Burlington. Free; cost of food and drink.
Vermont Beef Summer Social
Join the Vermont Beef Producers Association board and members for this annual gathering featuring great food, a farm tour, and conversation around all things beef at Green Mountain Spirng Rock Farm. Spring Rock raises Wagyu cattle and they direct market to NYC restaurants.
10am-2pm. Green Mountain Spring Rock Farm. 150 Lower Parker Hill Rd. Springfield. Free. Open to public. Please preregister by contacting UVM Extension’s Jenn Colby at firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 656-0858.
Farm & Food Tour
Car-pool your way around the vibrant Hardwick agricultural community with a tour guide to boot.
10am–5pm. Center for Agricultural Economy. Hardwick. $50; free for children under 12. Please preregister here.
Orchard Health and Apple Intensive
Michael Phillips, a leading expert in organic orchard management, will cover resolving major insect challenges organically, dealing with disease from a holistic perspective, and the underlying nutritional cause and effect relationship which plays a significant role in orchard health. Please also carpool if you can!
1-5pm. Flag Hill Farm. 135 Ewing Rd. Vershire. $30 for NOFA-VT members; $40 non-members. Please preregister here.
Friday (Aug 17)
We have no beef with this burger night. Between the delicious locally sourced food and the live music by Great Western, this is an evening that can’t be beat.
4:30–7:30pm. Bread & Butter Farm. Shelburne. Free; cost of food.
Historic recipes get a revival as folks learn how heirloom garden veggies become seasonal dishes in the farmhouse kitchen.
10am–5pm. Billings Farm & Museum. Woodstock. Regular admission, $3-12; free for kids under 3.
Friday Night Cookout
The Adamant Co-op grills up sausages, Portobello mushrooms, and more. Local cooks provide the greens and sweets.
5:30–7pm. Adamant Co-op. Adamant. $8-10.
Through the Grape Vine
Fine Wine Cellars reps talk the in’s and out’s of whites, reds, and more. Throw in music and local food from River House Restaurant and you have an evening.
6pm. Helen Day Art Center. Stowe. $75. Purchase tickets here.
“From Recipe to Market” Food Venture Workshop
This one-day seminar will provide new and future food entrepreneurs with a grounding in food business basics, and knowledge of the critical issues to consider before starting a food processing business. Presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (NY) in cooperation with the New York State Food Venture Center.
8:15am - 4:30pm. Cornell Cooperative Extension. 615 Willow Avenue. Ithaca, NY. $85 Please go here for registration details.
Across the Fence
Tune in to see a segment on The Mad River Food Hub.
12:10pm. WCAX Channel 3. Contact email@example.com, phone: 656-5059,or visit us online with questions.
Saturday (Aug 18)
Volunteers help out farmers with their onion harvest. Work is followed by snacks and live music in the fields. Get City Market Member Worker hours too. Rain date: Sunday, August 19.
9am–1pm. Intervale Center. Burlington. Free. Preregister here or just show up.
Kingdom Farm & Food Days
Farm tours, food workshops and a local foods showcase honor local ag and food.
10am–6pm. Northeast Kingdom. Free, by donation, or small fee depending on event. Continues through Sunday. More information here.
Tea Class: Unwrapping the Mysteries of Pu’er
Tea devotee Ben Youngbear leads a tasting and the story behind the leaves with a photo slide show.
9–11am. Dobrá Tea. Burlington. $25. Please preregister by calling Dobra Tea at (802) 951-2424.
Vermont Vineyard & Winery Open House Weekend
Wine lovers can sip local creations at 20 VT locations. There will be picnic lunches, winemaking demonstrations, and more.
9am–9pm. Statewide. Free or a small fee for tastings. Continues on Sunday. More information here.
Growing Your Own Mushroom Garden Workshop
Noted mycologist Sue Van Hook will discuss the various technologies and candidate species for home gardens. Participants will then join Sue on a foray to collect available specimens. Bring bag lunch, water and appropriate clothing and footwear. Dress for the weather. A mushroom knife, penknife and collecting basket are useful if you have them.
9:30am-3:30pm. Mount Independence State Historic Site museum. 497 Mount Independence Road. Orwell. $25 for one, $40 for group of two. MUST preregister and prepay by contacting Elsa Gilbertson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-948-2000.
Community Wellness Gathering
Come learn about ways we can heal ourselves, each other and the Earth. Attendees will deepen their knowledge of health and healing through learning and networking with each other and some of the area’s wise and wonderful healers. Carpool if possible.
10am-4pm. Wheelock Mountain Farm. 91 West Wheelock Rd. Greensboro Bend. $10-$30 suggested donation. More information here.
Peace of Earth Hands-on Skill Share
Attendees tour the farm, do some mulching, and share an end-of-day meal.
2-5pm. Peace of Earth Farm. 43 West Griggs Rd. Albany. Free. Preregistration information here.
Foraging for Wild Mushrooms and Edibles
Attendees search for gourmet and medicinal mushrooms with Ari Rockland-Miller, co-founder of the blog The Mushroom Forager. The workshop covers safety, identification skills, and actually foraging practice.
2:30-5pm. Knoll Farm. 700 Bragg Hill Rd. Waitsfield. $15. Please preregister here.
Sunday (Aug 19)
Visitors can visit the trial gardens, chow down with NECI’s local food showcase, and even attend some cooking classes. This event is part of Kingdom Farm and Food Days.
11am–6pm. High Mowing Organic Seeds. Wolcott. Free. More information here.
Dinners With Love Summer Sampler
Local snacks and desserts with a side of music benefit Dinners With Love, a nonprofit that facilitates the donation of quality restaurant meals to hospice patients.
4–7pm. Brandon Town Hall. Brandon. $20.
The Pennywise Pantry
This tour of City Market teaches attendees how to eat healthily on a budget.
1–2pm. City Market. Burlington. Free. Please preregister here.
Mid-Summer Market and Italian Street-Food Style Dinner
Join the Floating Bridge Food and Farms Co-op for a farmer’s market bustling with summer produce, meats (bring your coolers!), and plenty of local sweets & treats. We’ll also be hosting a farm-fresh Italian street-food style dinner afterward, so come hungry! Book of 5 food tickets for $20.00, single tickets $5.00 each. Wine, Beer and nonalcoholic beverages available for purchase.
12-4pm (Market). 4-6:30pm (Dinner). Brookfield. Free. Purchase food tickets at event. Please preregister by calling Ariel’s at (802) 276-3939 to let us know you’re coming.
A Feast From Our Fields
This feast includes five courses — each made via a chef/farmer partnership. Think 85% local minimum, Lawson’s brews, and music. This community celebration benefits the Mad River Localvores and the “New Barn Roof Project” at Bliss Ridge Farm.
3-7pm. Bliss Ridge Farm. Moretown. Purchase tickets here.
Monday (Aug 20)
We have no beef with this burger night. Between the delicious locally sourced food and the live music by the Chris Dorman Ensemble, this is an evening that can’t be beat.
4:30–7:30pm. Bread & Butter Farm. Shelburne. Free; cost of food.
Pie & Ice-Cream Social
Well the nitty gritty is in the title, but there will be music by the Vergennes City Band and it benefits the Champlain Valley Christian School.
6–8pm. Vergennes City Park. Vergennes. Donations accepted.
Building a Holistic Farm Enterprise to Feed Ourselves & Those Around Us
Butterworks Farm’s Jack Lazor talks to attendees about homesteading, self-sufficiency and sustainable agriculture.
2:45–4:45pm. Goddard College. Plainfield. Free. More information here.
How the Local-Food Movement Is Transforming How We Live & Where We’re Going
Martin Kemple, cofounder of Food Works, discusses food security and sustainable communities.
10:30am–12pm. Goddard College. Plainfield. Free. More information here.
Tuesday (Aug 21)
Keep your cool in the summer heat with foods that make you more heat tolerant.
6–8pm. City Market. Burlington. Free. Please preregister here.
Wednesday (Aug 22)
Irene Anniversary: Farm Recovery Press Conference
In advance of Irene’s Anniversary, a press conference will be held to provide updates on agricultural and farm recovery, including progress to date and priorities for work to be done.
11am-12pm. Settlement Farm. Rte 2. Middlesex.