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July  2015
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  • Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: July 1, 2015 - 5:30 pm
    Location: Distant Hill Gardens, 507 March Hill Road, Walpole, NH 03608, United States
    Description: Interested in learning more about Pollinators? Join us to learn about pollinator ecology and how to identify the bees, butterflies, and other pollinators in your garden. This will be an introductory level course.
    When: July 1st, 11am-2:30pm
    Where: Distant Hill Gardens
    507March Hill Rd.
    Walpole, NH 03608
    Suggested Donation: $10
    To Register: 603-756-2988 ext. 116 or email: amanda@cheshireconservation.org

    Space is limited to 25 so please REGISTER EARLY!
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  • Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: July 11, 2015 - 10:00 pm
    Description: The 3rd Annual Grafton Food Festival celebrates local food and farms in Vermont. July 11, 2015.
    A fantastic lineup of nationally recognized chefs. Demonstrations all day Saturday, included in your entry fee. Thank you to Mary Ann Esposito, of PBS' Ciao Italia, for helping make our 2014 event such a success.

    http://graftonfoodfestival.com/
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  • Starts: 8:00 pm
    Ends: July 14, 2015 - 10:30 pm
    Location: VT Food Venture Center, Hardwick & Pete's Green's, Craftsbury
    Description: Value-added processing for farm operators is an exciting arena; but depends heavily onvolumes, food safety and good systems. This workshop will review the big picture of regulatory compliance and food safety considerations, and provide a tour of the Vermont Food Venture Center, led by Sarah Waring and Connor Gorham, with industrial kitchens set up with equipment, tech assistance and trainings. It will also tour Pete’s Greens on farm operation in Craftsbury, where their farm kitchen provides the cooking and processing for value-added products direct to consumers.

    More information and registration at http://www.nofavt.org/ows (Registration opens June 15th.)
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  • Starts: 9:30 pm
    Ends: July 16, 2015 - 11:30 pm
    Location: South Royalton, VT
    Description: Here’s the next film from the Environmental Justice Film Series… at the Commons @ BALE this Thursday (July 16) at 5:30 PM.
    In this exposé, an intrepid
    group of Florida farmworkers
    battle to defeat the $4 trillion
    global supermarket industry
    through their ingenious Fair
    Food program,
    which partners with growers
    and retailers to improve
    working conditions for farm
    laborers in the United States.
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  • Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: July 18, 2015 - 5:30 pm
    Location: Hartland, VT, USA
    Description: SOLSTICE SEEDS and HEARTLAND FARMS
    July 18th, 11am to 1:30pm, Hartland VT
    Join us for a Farm Tour of two neighboring farms, Solstice Seeds and Heartland Farms. Explore how these two farms collaborate to fill each other's needs and open the possibilities to cooperative projects.
    Register by July 14th, at the Upper Valley Food Co-op or by phone or email.
    If you have any questions about any of the events above or would like to register for an event, contact Chris Jacobson at (802) 295-5804 or chris@uppervalleyfood.coop
    $15 with Lunch provided, $10 for UVFC members
  • Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: July 18, 2015 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Alstead, NH, USA
    Description: Charles Andros, former NH/VT Apiary Inspector,
    will hold a beekeeping workshop from 1-4 PM on Saturday, July 18. The topics of discussion will be harvesting and extracting honey, wax processing, queen assessment and requeening, treatment of mites and foulbrood, and making propolis tincture."
    18 MacLean Road, Alstead, NH 03602
  • Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: July 18, 2015 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center, 225 Pavillion Road, East Thetford, VT 05043, United States
    Description: Get the most out of your CSA! Our dedicated chefs will guide you through a lively experience of preparing both recipe-based and improvised dishes from the items in an upcoming share. We will also demonstrate techniques for preserving what you don’t want to eat right away.

    Sign up with friends and bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with our creations. You’ll go home with new recipes and a better appreciation for seasonal flavor affinities.
    https://cedarcirclefarm.org/events/
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  • Starts: 10:00 pm
    Ends: July 21, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Location: WRJ Community Garden
    Description: July 20th, 6 to 8pm, WRJ Community Garden

    Walk with Cat Buxton and talk about building soil and community, and about techniques like composting, cover crops and green manures, hugelkultur, and mulching.
    Register in-store at the Upper Valley Food Co-op or by phone or email. If you have any questions about any of the events above or would like to register for an event, contact Chris Jacobson at (802) 295-5804 or chris@uppervalleyfood.coop
    FREE
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  • Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: July 25, 2015 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Bradford, VT 05033, USA
    Description: Birch Ridge Farm in Bradford, VT will be holding a Goat's milk soap making class on Saturday, July 25 from 9am to Noon. Space is limited. For more information and fee please visit our Workshop link on our website http://www.birchridgefarm.com.
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Nancy LaRowe

Valley Food & Farm Coordinator

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— Nancy LaRowe, Valley Food & Farm Coordinator


Nancy joined Vital Communities as the Valley Food & Farm Coordinator in 2014. She works to support and grow our local food system and Upper Valley farms. Nancy has lived, worked, and farmed in the Upper Valley for more than 25 years and believes our community is healthier and stronger when our connections to food and the farms that produce it stay vital.

Nancy's informal job title is Farmer-in-Residence: she also runs Hogwash Farm, a pasture-based livestock farm in Norwich, VT that focuses on heritage breed animals. It's a great day when she can hang with the pigs in pasture, watch the lambs frolic at dusk, or enjoy an amazingly delicious, completely locally grown meal al fresco.

Nancy is on the Board of the Norwich Farmers' Market, a member of the Vermont Swine Advisory Group and the Norwich Planning Commission, and a retired Norwich volunteer fire fighter and EMT. She loves puttering in the garden, hiking with her dog, and, of course, bacon.



Beth Roy

Farm to School Program Coordinator

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— Beth Roy, Farm to School Program Coordinator

Before joining Vital Communities, Beth Roy worked in the environmental and place-based education fields for 15 years in various positions around New England including at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science and as the Director of Education at the Nature Museum in Grafton, Vermont. Beth is also on the boards of the Vermont Science Teacher Association (VSTA) and the Vermont State-Wide Environmental Education Programs (SWEEP), a coalition of dozens of individuals and organizations promoting sustainability and environmental education in Vermont. Beth is a New Hampshire native and currently lives in Hartland, Vermont, with her husband and two children. When Beth is not working you will find her exploring the woods around her home with her family or cooking up a new taste test (made of local foods, of course!) for her children.



Becka Warren

Valley Food & Farm Manager

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— Becka Warren, Valley Food & Farm Manager

Becka began her farm-related career at the age of 16 on Idyll Acres Dairy in Grafton, Vermont, with the vital job of keeping the barn corners clear where the tractor couldn't reach. Now, at Valley Food & Farm since 2012, she fosters relationships that keep agriculture a daily part of community life in the Upper Valley. She works with current and future farmers, businesses, schools, and partners across Vermont and New Hampshire to build connections that support farm viability and keep our landscapes working. Becka believes that real connections to our farmers make us happy and builds projects that can take advantage of that simple premise, whether that means introducing workplaces to farm -fresh delivery, facilitating peer-to-peer learning among farm staff, or helping schools use farms as learning resources. She lived in Seattle for many years, where she worked for the Washington State University Small Farms Program, Cascade Harvest Coalition, Seattle Tilth, and area vegetable farms. Becka is also a writer, founding and writing Ask Umbra at gristmagazine.com until 2009. She holds a BA from Brown University and lives in Hartland, VT with her family.