Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Upcoming Events!


-17th AND 24th Live Mortality Composting Workshop by Highfields Center for Composting (formerly known as the Highfields Institute)
Demonstration based workshops specifically designed for producers. The first will be held at the Highfields Center for Composting on West Hill Road and the second workshop, on the 24th, will be held at Nelson's Crystal Brook Farm on Rte 5 in Derby Line. Cost in $10. Please call 802-472-5138 ext 208 to register or email june@highfieldsinstitute.org

-19th Wood Fire Oven Tour, sponsored by Hardwick Area Transition Towns
Starting at 9am in the Hardwick Community Garden, then to Heartbeet Lifesharing and finishing at Patchwork Farm and Bakery. Pick up maps at either Gagnon's Video on Main St. or in the garden on the day of the tour.

-23rd: Building a Sustainable Agricultural Business, co-sponsored by Vermont Small Business Development Center and the Center for an Agricultural Economy
First day of a 4 part workshop on Building a Sustainable Agricultural Business. Taught by John Mandeville of the director of Incubator Without Walls program and Steve Paddock, the Assistant State Director of Agribusiness for Vermont Small Business Development Center.
Visit the VtSBDC site for more information.

-25th Buffalo Mountain Cooperative Clothes Swap!
Rain date is October 2nd
Come to the swap at the Art Park on Main St in Hardwick (across from the Village Diner). Visit Buffalo Mt Coop's site for updated information and upcoming event happenings.

-3rd Farmstead Cheeses and Heirloom Apples from the Northeast Kingdom and Beyond!
Join the Old Stonehouse Museum along with Walden Heights Nursery, Mateo Kehler of Jasper Hill Farm & Cellars and Jack Lazor of Butterworks Farm for a cheese and apple tasting, speakers and demonstrations from 11am to 4pm.

Also, don't forget to check out the websites of our neighbors and friends for upcoming events.

The Hardwick Area Community Calendar-For all events local and otherwise!
The Craftsbury Community Calendar-For more events local and otherwise!
The Galaxy Bookshop-poetry readings, discussions, book signings and more!
The Buffalo Mt Coop
Claire's Restaurant
Sterling College-speakers series
The Highland Lodge-music, discussions and more

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

A Busy Week...er, Month!

The Center held it's first Open House!

On Thur, August 27, The Center held its first, official Open House. We had snickerdoodles, cider and then showed a documentary called The Red Wagon: Facing Hunger. It's is a compelling look at the face of hunger in Vermont and those who are struggling to meet the need of food security. Tom Stearns, our Board's President, joined us in leading a discussion among a lively and interactive group. Eventually, the evening set upon us and we either headed over to Claire's for dinner and music or to the comforts of home. Although the Open House will be an annual (or bi-annual?) event, we plan to continue to have an open door gathering the last Thursday of every month until December.

Senator Leahy visits Hardwick-August 28

The next day was a busy one with a visit from Senator Leahy. He was in Hardwick to announce the granting of funds to both the Vermont Food Venture Center towards building its new facility here as well as the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund for its biofuel projects. He visited our office for a potluck lunch of salads, sandwiches, cookies and conversation where Tom and our Executive Director Monty Fischer got a chance to explain our purpose and vision for Hardwick's food system directly to the Senator.

Foreign Agricultural Attache comes to Vermont-Sept 2-4th

This Friday, the 3rd, we are welcoming approximately 30 or 40 representatives of a Foreign Agricultural Attache hosted by the VT Department of Agriculture, to lunch at Claire's where Monty and others will discuss the role of agriculture in revitalizing Hardwick and its surrounding communities. The group will be in Vermont for a total of 3 days and will visit many places including Pete's Greens, Jasper Hill Cellars, High Mowing Seeds, Butternut Farm in Morrisville, as well as talk with such notables like Enid Wonacott, the Executive Director of NOFA-VT.

Vermont Land Trust Annual Meeting-Sept 12

Mark your calendars for this special event at Jasper Hill! See their website for more information.

High Mowing Seeds 2009 Field Days-Sept 13th

Come join us for this special free event! This is the first year The Center has co-sponsored this event and we are so very excited to have Jeffrey Ferrell and the New England Culinary Institute create this year's Local Foods Showcase. Tours, workshops, food, music, Young Farmer's Mixer and bonfire. Join us at 11am on the Marsh Rd at the Trial Gardens.

Emeril Lagasse and Planet Green-Sept 14th-18th

Yup, they really are coming. We are looking forward to seeing what they do, how they do it and what they cook up for this week long "on site shoot" of a food town. Look for updates soon!