Upper Valley Farm to School Network

Welcome to the Upper Valley Farm to School Network! The Network is all the educators, farmers and community members working to integrate local food and farms into the classrooms, cafeterias and communities of our region. Our staff is available to help you with your farm to school projects, be they large or small, so please contact us.

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Tools for farm to school program growth.

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Member Schools

Network members around the Upper Valley.

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Trek to Taste 2015

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Join us Saturday June 6th at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park for Trek to Taste. Stop by the Forest Center to see all the schools in the Farm to School ShowcaseTrek2Taste_EBlast_2015

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Schools with Farm to School Projects in the Upper Valley

Each of these Upper Valley schools has a unique farm to school program. Some are as simple as a school garden bed, others involve yearly harvest parties, curricular integration, and local purchasing in the cafeteria. Contact us to get involved, or to expand your own farm to school programming.

Windsor County, VT

Ascutney Basin
Barnard Academy
Bridgewater Village School
Hartford Memorial Middle School
Hartland Elementary School
Pomfret
Reading Elementary
Sharon Elementary
Upper Valley Waldorf School
Windsor State Street School
Woodstock Elementary School

Orange County, VT

Bradford Elementary School
Cedar Circle Farm
The Newton School in Strafford
Thetford Elementary School

Grafton County, NH
Hanover High School
The Lyme School
The Ray School

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  • Starts: 8:00 pm
    Ends: September 15, 2015 - 10:00 pm
    Location: Kelly Way Gardens at Woodstock Inn & Resort 14 The Green Woodstock, VT, 05091
    Description: Cover crops have many benefits for your garden, including adding nutrients, building your soil and increasing fertility. Join Charlie Nardozzi as he discusses cover cropping onsite at the Kelly Way Gardens at Woodstock Inn & Resort. This workshop will discuss the technique, varieties, considerations, and benefits of cover-cropping.

    More information and registration at http://www.nofavt.org/sws (Registration opens June 15th.)
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  • Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: September 21, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • Starts: 12:30 pm
    Ends: September 17, 2015 - 8:30 pm
    Location: Brattleboro, VT, USA
    Description: Basics of Tractor Safety, Operation & Maintenance
    Upcoming two-day course on Aug. 30 & 31 in Keene, NH
    One-day courses on Sep. 17 in Brattleboro and Oct. 13 in Poultney, VT

    Not sure how to keep your tractor’s engine running smoothly and efficiently? These one and two day tractor courses provide you with the skills and hands-on experience to keep your tractor in tip top condition. You’ll get practice in checking and changing fluids and filters, servicing the battery, checking radiator hoses, grease fittings, and more in a small-group.

    Need practice driving a tractor, reversing, and hitching implements?
    This one-day course at Green Mountain College will build your knowledge and skills in safety and basic operation.

    Click here for more course details and to register.

    Lead instructor, Shane J. LaBrake, has over 25 years of experience as a farmer and a trainer. He has traveled the Eastern seaboard from Maine to Virginia to teach workshop intensives about tractors.

    Here's how recent participants described the courses:
    Great workshop! I feel much more confident about moving forward with tractor use.
    The course covered much more than expected.
    Excellent speaker with tons of knowledge and great presentation style.
    Shane is the Shaman of engine care!

    And here's the link http://blog.uvm.edu/groundwk/2015-program/hands-on-workshop/
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  • Starts: 9:00 pm
    Ends: September 22, 2015 - 11:00 pm
    Location: Fly Wheel Farm, Woodbury, VT
    Description: Join Ansel Ploog and Justin Cote of Flywheel Farm as they discuss how they started their farm. Topics of discussion will include how they found land and start-up capital, equipment and tools needed and basic materials that they have found invaluable. They will also address scaling and skilling up.

    More information and registration at http://www.nofavt.org/sws (Registration opens June 15th.)
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  • Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: September 26, 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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Vital Communities Program News

Staff

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.



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.