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August  2015
  • Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: August 2, 2015 - 5:00 pm
    Location: Dorchester, NH, USA
    Description: Join D Acres or a super delicious "all-you-should-eat" farm feast breakfast featuring specialty pancakes, our own pork, potatoes and greens and top it off with maple deliciousness from Brox Farm!
    D Acres of New Hampshire
    non-profit Educational Homestead & Permaculture Farm

    218 Streeter Woods Road, Dorchester NH • 603-786-2366

    9 miles off Route 4 on Route 118 - from the Mascoma Region
    5 miles off Route 25 on Route 118 - in the Pemi-Baker Region
  • Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: August 4, 2015 - 5:00 pm
    Location: Montpelier, VT, USA
    Description: This event will feature Vermont producers selling their product, as well as a handful of organizations sharing information about their work with VT consumers and farms. The intention of the event is to raise awareness about the importance of local food and Ag Literacy
  • Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: August 8, 2015 - 5:00 pm
    Location: Chelsea, VT, USA
    Description: Meet Misha Johnson and Taylor Katz of Free Verse Farm, a small community farm in Chelsea, Vermont specializing in naturally-grown tisanes (herbal teas), culinary herbs, medicinals, and herbal remedies. Tour their farm during Vermont's Open Farm Week.

    Vegetarian lunch provided at noon if you pre-register by August 5th.
    $15; $10 for UVFC & Free Verse Farm members

    Folks should be prepared to be walking in the sun, through high grass, and in potentially muddy fields. Bring a water bottle, sun & insect protection, a hat, a chair or blanket, and boots or shoes that can get dirty.
  • Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: August 9, 2015 - 7:00 pm
    Location: Earthwise Farm And Forestry, 341 Macintosh Hill Road, Randolph, VT 05060, United States
    Description: Family Cow Workshop
    When: August 9th, 2015 from 10 am - 3 pm
    Location: Earthwise Farm and Forest, Bethel, VT
    (Mailing address = 341 Macintosh Hill Rd, Randolph, VT 05060)
    Cost: $75 per person or 2 people for $125

    Interested in having a milk cow to feed your family and friends & wondering how to get started? Interested in managing your land and livestock organically or sustainably/ecologically? Curious about the current VT regulations for selling raw milk? This class will cover the ins and outs of owning a family cow - from health & nutrition, to breeding, milking (hand milking or bucket milker), setting up a rotational grazing system, calf care, udder health, milk quality, raw milk sales, and more. Join us and learn some important points for your new adventure. Bob-White Systems and the Alternative Dairy Initiative (located in Royalton, VT) will be participating in this workshop to demonstrate their bucket milker system and to discuss milk quality and milk testing services.

    For more information, please visit our website:

    Questions? Please contact Lisa McCrory,, 802-234-5524
  • Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: August 15, 2015 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Distant Hill Gardens, 507 March Hill Rd., Walpole, NH
    Description: Workshop on propagating native flowers from seed. She will be focusing on a number of the best pollinator friendly species and will also discuss how to collect, save and store the seed.
    To Register for this Workshop either call 603-756-4179 or email:
  • Starts: 8:00 pm
    Ends: August 18, 2015 - 10:00 pm
    Location: VTC, Randolph, VT
    Description: Examine test plots of a wide range of cover crops suitable for Vermont conditions like field peas, crimson and sweet clover, soybeans, sorghum and forage brassicae among others with soil scientist Sosten Lungu and learn practical tips from farmers. Prepare for fall cover cropping now by inspecting the nutrient building, weed suppressing and soil structure impacts of various cover crops.

    More information and registration at (Registration opens June 15th.)
  • Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: August 22, 2015 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Inheritance Farm, Chichester, NH
    Description: 2015 NH Permaculture Day - Saturday, August 22, 2015
    Anyone who wants to learn ways to live in a more sustainable and self-sufficient way should attend the third annual NH Permaculture Day - Saturday, August 22 from 8 am to 5 pm at Inheritance Farm, in Chichester, NH, presented by the New Hampshire Permaculture Guild in cooperation with UNH Cooperative Extension. Experts will lead more than 30 activities on such topics as growing, harvesting, preparing, and preserving food; herbs; mushrooms; raising farm animals; historic barns and natural building practices; and sustainable energy.Tickets are $25 for adults thru August 14; increasing to $35 until August 22. Children ages 6-15 are $10 and ages 5 and under are free. A local organic farm-to-table lunch is included. Locally-made products will be for sale in the vendor’s area, and supervised activities and crafts will be offered all day long in our Children’s Corner. Tickets can be purchased online (via Eventbrite). For more information, go to the event page at

    Below are some of the demonstrations, walks and talks that will be happening throughout the day.
    Introduction to Permaculture Principles
    Herb Walk: Simple and Easy Tinctures & Edibles
    Chickens Cheaply
    Mushroom Foray
    Saving Heirloom Cocoa
    Tour of Inheritance Farm
    Anyone Can Grow Veggies!
    Native Pollinator Walk
    Energy Earth Healing
    Permaculture Ethics
    Biochar: What is it and how it works in the soil
    Energy Audit for Your Home
    Solar Power followed by Solar Panel Hook-up Demo
    Lyme Disease & Prevention
    Alternative and Supplemental Support & Healing Pathways for Lyme
    Mushroom Plugging Demo
    Hand Hewing Demo
    Creating New Fields from Forestland
    Community of Participants: Collaborative
    Climate Change with a Permaculture Perspective
    Story of Agriculture as Told Through Barns
    Making Syrups from More than Maple Trees
    Rise Now: Playgrounds and Service in Permaculture
    Ecological Self & Mindfulness
    Collaborative Community
    Women in Permaculture
    Creating Forage and Nesting Habitat for Native Pollinators
    Fermentation 101
    Growing with Micro-Climate Adaptation using Rocks & Wool as Mulch
  • Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: August 25, 2015 - 10:00 pm
    Location: Hurricane Flats Farm
    Description: Come walk the fields of Hurricane Flats’ farm with Ann Hazelrigg, UVM Plant Diagnostic Clinic director and Katie Campbell-Nelson, UMASS Vegetable Extension Educator. During the field walk, presenters and participants will discuss insect and disease identification and scouting techniques for vegetable crops.

    More information and registration at (Registration opens June 15th.)

Vital Communities Program News

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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 until 2009. She holds a BA from Brown University and lives in Hartland, VT with her family.

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.

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.