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The Hop and Vital Communities Celebrate Rural Traditions


Doggie Hamlet, Thursday, June 29, 4:30 & 7 pm, Dartmouth Green, FREE
 See the world premiere of a groundbreaking work celebrating rural traditions! This wordless spectacle weaves together dance, theater and sheep dog trials—in which finely trained dogs, executing trainers’ commands, cause sheep to move en masse, often in beautiful ways. Created by award-winning choreographer Ann Carlson and inspired by literature (David Wroblewski’s 2008 best-seller The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Kipling’s The Jungle Book), the show involves a human and animal cast including border collies and (supplied by Stephen Wetmore of Strafford, Vt.) a flock of Border Cheviot sheep. When not watching the show,  visit the nearby Sheep Station co-sponsored by Vital Communities and the Dartmouth Office of Sustainability, offering “sheep to shawl” activities for all ages. For more information on Doggie Hamlet or other related events (including a dance classbook discussion and film), go to hop.dartmouth.edu/Online/doggie-hamlet or call 603.646.2422.

Soups and Salads at Newbury

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Newbury Elementary is enjoying the fruits of our summer and fall labors this winter. Our 5/6 team is planning to make bread and a variety of soups for the March Town Meeting Day- mostly from fare that was grown in our raised beds and gardens near the school. The money they raise from the lunches will go toward a wonderful end-of-the-year science field trip to Cape Cod. Our terrific Chef Paul continues to provide superb, healthy lunches for our students and staff and offers a full salad bar every day. He’s eager for spring to come so he can continue to purchase locally grown produce to supplement our salad bar and lunches. Here’s to the coming of the spring season! – Kim Goody, Farm to School Coordinator, Newbury Elementary School, Newbury, VT

Chili, Farmers’ Market, and Hockey Oh My!

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Sharon Elementary just hosted our annual Chili Cook-Off that coincided with a Farmer’s Market and Hockey Tournament. The proceeds from the event went towards the Sharon Sprouts, our Farm to School committee, and the outdoor rink. 16 chili’s were entered and in the end, Mama’s Chili was awarded the winner! It was a wonderful community event that highlighted good food and physical activity! The hockey tournament was won by Sharon Elementary’s Third Grade teacher, Keenan Haley’s, team! – Keenan Haley, Teacher, Sharon Elementary, Sharon, VT

From the Farm to the Taco in Woodstock

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Woodstock Union Middle and High School Farm to School students got up close and personal with some beef cows at Eastman Farm in Barnard this month. Students held a pie raffle earlier this fall to raise funds to purchase local beef for two local Taco Tuesdays in the school cafeteria. They toured the farm, talked to the farmers, and gained a new appreciation and answer to the question ‘where’s the beef?’- Kat Robbins, Place-based Education Coordinator, Woodstock Union Middle and High School, Woodstock, VT