May 1- November 1
For the past few years, Valley Quest has offered an annual Super Quest: a batch of ten or so themed Quests. Past themes include The Civil War, General Stores, Farms, and Birds. The 2017 Super Quest was called “Miraculous Trees”, and it got participants out to some of the Upper Valley’s favorite forested sites. To complete the challenge, participants have from May 1 to November 1 to register and collect a stamp from each highlighted Quest. Every year, completed submissions are entered into a grand prize drawing. 2017’s winning Super Quest team was the “Hartland Hunters”: Chuck, Flo, and their grandson Aiden, who Quests with Chuck and Flo every summer when he visits from his home of Texas.
The 2018 Super Quest will feature winning submissions from Valley Quest’s 2017 Watershed Challenge, a fun, educational contest, where we challenged individuals and teams (including school classes) to write a Quest about any river, stream, pond, or wetland in the Upper Valley. We received a slew of amazing submissions from over 150 Quest enthusiasts, and will debut the Super Quest at Vital Communities’ Flavors of the Valley in Hartford, VT April 8, 2018. Expect a tour de force of ecologically vibrant streams, old mill towns with history bursting at the seams, waterfalls, swimming holes, and more!
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Yesterday afternoon, as the sun set quietly over the western hills of the Upper Valley and the peak temperature of 60 degrees dropped to a cool 52, I [...]
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Valley Quest and Volunteer Coordinator, Valley Food & Farm Program Assistant
Valley Quest, Food & Farm
Valley Quest, Food & Farm
— Lauren Griswold, Valley Quest and Volunteer Coordinator, Valley Food & Farm Program Assistant
Lauren Griswold joined Vital Communities in May 2017 to coordinate Power of Produce (POP) clubs at Upper Valley farmers' markets and farmstands. In August 2017 she became our Valley Quest and Volunteer Coordinator, in addition to her role as the Valley Food & Farm Program Assistant. Lauren grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of Vermont in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in English and Environmental Studies. Her passion for sustainable agriculture took her out West, where she served as a garden educator in Bend, Oregon. After an enriching chapter in the high desert, Lauren is thrilled to be back in central Vermont. She is passionate about the rich communities and natural beauty of the Upper Valley, and enjoys engaging the next generation with wonder and enthusiasm about this special place. In her free time, Lauren can be found mountain biking, cross country skiing, gardening, knitting, and savoring meals with friends and family.