Stories and updates from around the Farm

  • Agritourism Guides for Farmers

    February 17, 2015 | Vera Simon-Nobes Agriculture / Food, Culture / Arts

    Agriculture and tourism are both vibrant contributors to Vermont. Now with new guides to support them, Vermont farmers can think creatively and realistically about how to engage customers in activities on their farms.

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  • A Community of Early Childhood Educators

    February 16, 2015 Education for Sustainability

    What were early childhood educators doing playing a kids game (with no kids), long after school hours, on the tail end of an already exhausting work day?

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  • What Do You Do in the Winter? Market Garden

    January 22, 2015 | Josh Carter Agriculture / Food, Gardening

    For most farmers, winter means planning. Shelburne Farms is no exception. But as an education organization, there's extra planning around sharing our gardens with students.

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  • What Do You Do in the Winter? Dairy

    January 22, 2015 Agriculture / Food

    Since we're not harvesting crops, rotating the cows through pasture, or leading them to and from milking, winter gives us a little window for maintenance, repairs, and improvements. And calving!

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  • What Do You Do in the Winter? Farmyard

    January 22, 2015 Agriculture / Food, Education for Sustainability

    I get this question all the time. It’s funny. People seem to think, “When the animals disappear, don’t you disappear, too?”

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  • Forestry on Historic Plantations

    October 27, 2014 Nature / Natural Resources

    You’ve probably seen the "islands of evergreens" amidst the Farm's pastoral landscape, established based on early ideas of Frederick Law Olmsted in the 1880-90s. Unfortunately, these plantations haven’t aged well. We've started reclaiming them.

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  • Hope, Love, Resilience in Education

    October 15, 2014 | Jen Cirillo Education for Sustainability

    When educators gather, something amazing happens that equals more than the sum of its parts. Some say it is when 2+2 = 5, but I like to think about when 2+2= Magic! That’s what happened October 2nd at the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms.

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  • Education for Sustainability: Making the World Whole

    October 10, 2014 | Emily Hoyler Education for Sustainability, Sustainable Living

    We took the world apart—so we could understand it, so we could explain it, and so we could teach it—but we never made it whole again. I believe that education for sustainability offers a remedy to the disconnected, disjointed state of teaching and learning.

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  • Strange Bedfellows: Growing Farm to School through Unlikely Partnerships

    October 9, 2014 | Betsy Rosenbluth Agriculture / Food

    Kelp growers. Hospitals. Chefs. Mental health agencies. Food shelves. What do they all have in common? These strange bedfellows are all important players in the Northeast’s ever-expanding farm to school programs.

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  • Reflections on ABCs of Farm-Based Education

    September 30, 2014 | Holly Brough Agriculture / Food, Education for Sustainability

    How we’re building a community of people who care passionately and teach thoughtfully about the land we live on and farm, and the healthy foods that derive from it.

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