October 6, 2019 @ 10:30AM — 3:30PM
Please join us to celebrate successes in making farmland affordable, getting new farmers on the land, and nurturing the next generation of agricultural entrepreneurs. Come learn how VLT’s Farmland Access Program is supporting farm businesses as they adapt and innovate in response to a changing farm economy.
Schedule of Events (no fee for business meeting; lunch and field trips $25)
Please note children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult and dogs (other than service dogs) are not allowed.
9:30 am – 10:30 am -- Registration and refreshments
10:30 am – 11:30 am -- Business Meeting
11:30 am – 12:00 pm -- Registration for lunch and field trips
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm -- Lunch and Panel Discussion
1:45 pm – 3:30 pm -- Field trips
1. Elmer Farm Tour, Middlebury. Meet at 1:45 pm to drive/carpool. Easy.
Tour one of the very first Farmland Access Program farms, which grows more than 35 different vegetables, an array of flowers and culinary herbs, and hosts a CSA. elmerfarm.com. Limit two groups of 25 each.
2. Explore an Old-Growth Hemlock Stand. Meet at 1:45 pm. Moderate.
Learn about the many plants and animals on the Bread Loaf lands and explore a stunning patch of old-growth hemlock forest. We’ll discuss geology, soils, plants, forest carbon, and VLT’s restoration work on old growth. Limit two groups of 25 each.
3. Short Walk to Middlebury River. Meet at 1:45 pm. Moderate.
Take a leisurely walk through a meadow where bobolinks nest and learn about management of their habitat and other ecologically sensitive areas. Limit 25.
4. Tour the Historic Bread Loaf Campus. Meet at 1:45 pm. Easy.
Tour campus buildings and learn about the history of Bread Loaf, which began with a gift of land in 1915 and has grown into a premiere center for literature, writing, and theater arts. Limit 25.
5. Nature Photography. Meet at 1:45 pm. Moderate.
Learn how to take great nature photos with your cell phone in this relaxed and fun workshop led by a professional outdoor photographer. Various locations near campus; limit 20.
No charge for business meeting. Lunch and field trips, $25 per person; free for children 12 and under. Register online. Registration deadline: October 2.
The Bread Loaf campus is located in Ripton, Vermont, about 20 minutes from Middlebury. The GPS location found in most Internet map tools is 4229 Route 125, Ripton, Vermont 05766. Please note that cell phone service is unreliable in this region. For a map and full directions to the event, please visit vlt.org/celebrate.
Questions? Contact Shelly Weeks at email@example.com / (802) 262-1201.