Last year, Pies for People was a great success. Donations of pie to the Hardwick Food Shelf, the Hardwick Community dinner, Greensboro Early Learning Center and other local organizations were well received and most welcome during a difficult time of year when donations are often in decline.
For 2009, the Center for an Agricultural Economy continues to work with local farmers, producers and educational institutions to expand this project. This year, we have expanded our list of recipient organizations and have added soup to the donations.
On October 13th, 11 students from Sterling College helped harvest thousands of butternut squash from fields at High Mowing Seeds in Wolcott. The squash has gone to Pete's Greens in Craftsbury where the seeds will be extracted and sent back to High Mowing Seeds, the pulp will be cooked and processed and we will turn it into pies and soup in mid November with the help of volunteers from University of Vermont and Sterling College. The ingredients for the pies and soup are donated by local farmers and producers.
If you are a local farmer or producer who would like to donate ingredients for this project or if you are an interested community member who would like to know more about this Pies for People and Soup for Supper, please contact our Outreach and Education Coordinator, Elena Gustavson at the CAE or call # 472-5840.