Atkins Field was purchased by the Center for an Agricultural Economy in 2007 with funds from the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, and was designated for agricultural purposes. There were two objectives in mind with the purchase of this property: to have a place for community ties to be built and reinforced, and to develop and strengthen the local food system and food security. The property is located in the village of Hardwick, and is 15 acres of fields and woods with Cooper Brook running through it. There is also a historic granite shed on the property that the CAE has plans to restore. Some of the possible ideas about the use of the building and grounds include: facilities for food preservation, community garden, workshops, indoor year-round farmers market, cooking classes, museum, outdoor skate park and music amphitheater, outdoor art displays, etc. The purpose of this survey is to build upon previous work, including a community visioning in the summer of 2009. We want to collect community input regarding the most desired uses of the space and to get an idea about the current interests and skills of the community at this time. We believe that it is important to get the opinions of and contributions from the community regarding the use of this property – we want it to be for you!
Please take advantage of this opportunity to have your voice heard and to create exciting opportunities and resources for our community! We, at the Center for an Agricultural Economy, want to build an agricultural and community center at Atkins Field that will fill the needs and desires of the Hardwick region in the best way possible.
If you have any questions or would like to participate in this project, please leave your contact information on our sign-up list and/or contact me at 802-472-5840.
Thank you for your participation!
Graduate Research Fellow – Food System Monitoring and Evaluation
The Center for an Agricultural Economy
* Participation in this survey is confidential and therefore no identifying information is requested.
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