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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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
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


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
    http://www.dacres.orginfo@dacres.org • 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: http://www.earthwisefarmandforest.com/dairy_workshops.html

    Questions? Please contact Lisa McCrory, Lmccrory@hughes.net, 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: distanthillgardens@gmail.com
  • 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 http://www.nofavt.org/ows (Registration opens June 15th.)
  • 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 http://www.nofavt.org/sws (Registration opens June 15th.)

Vital Communities Program News


Nancy LaRowe

Valley Food & Farm Coordinator

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Food & Farm

— 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.