Sample the Season!
Thanksgiving Weekend at Welcome Center
Fri.-Sun. NOV. 25-27
SAVE 10% on catalog mail orders!
(Members receive additional 10%). Order online between 8 am Friday and 8:00 pm Sunday and you'll receive the same discount.
Join us at the Welcome Center for cheese tastings, hot cider, and great holiday gifts. On Friday & Saturday, 10 am - 2 pm, meet and chat with local authors, Rick Bessette, Laurie Caswell Burke, and Paul Boisvert.
Our winter calendar is at the printers, but all of our winter. programs are now online. Check our web site regularly for new programs as details become available. UPCOMING:
- Holiday Wreath Decorating, Sun., DEC. 11, 10 am - 12 noon. Registration: 802-985-8686
Chatter on our cheddar
This shout-out to our cheddar came from sisters Lucy & Stella Pappas, guest bloggers on threetwentyeight: the hunt for all things great. Thanks!
"We have found many food treats in Vermont and along the roads we have traveled, but we must sing the praise of Shelburne Farms Cheddar! The cheese is made in the same barn where we have gone to school for many years. Shelburne Farms is an amazing treasure, a visit to our end of Vermont is not complete without a stop at this beautiful place. The cheddar is fantastic. Try some!!!!!!!"
2012 Wall Calendar
Our new Calendar, with many photos from our calendar competition last year, is now available online or at the Welcome Center. Preview the "big shots"on our web site or on FlickR
Fall Foliage photos
Many folks think fall foliage "underperformed" this year, but you wouldn't know it from these photos by N. Cumberland, who participated in our Lenses on the Land photography workshop in October. He set his images to music on his YouTube video
We just tipped past 6,000 fans on Facebook. Thanks so much for being part of our community. We "like" you, too! Keep sharing your ideas with us.
Dog Park in Shelburne
There's a new dog park down the road from us. If you want to run your dog off leash, that's the place for it. For the safety of our farm animals, wild animals, and people, we ask that you leash your dog at all times if you bring it to the Farm (Nov. 1-March 31).
Dear Friend of Shelburne Farms,
As the Shelburne Farms Early Childhood Teaching Fellow at the Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes in Burlington, I've had an incredible experience participating in the development of the new preschool this year. I feel extremely blessed to work in a place I’ve dreamed of working at ever since I moved to Burlington.
Getting here was a natural step after my apprenticeship last year at Shelburne Farms. At the Farm, I taught in the preschool Adventures program, school field trips and summer camps. What an amazing experience. I was totally immersed in how the Farm engages and reaches kids, and now I'm bringing all that I learned to the preschoolers at the Sustainabiilty Academy.
I am often asked what sustainability looks like in a preschool classroom. To me, it starts with saying, “Let's be outside as much as possible!” Whether it's exploring the school yard or bringing magnifying glasses out to the playground, outdoor time can lead to greater environmental literacy and understanding.
As the colder season settles in, my bright-eyed, runny-nosed, children will don their tool aprons and forge through the school yard on a grand adventure!
Anne Marie Santos
at The Sustainability Academy
The Burlington School District, Shelburne Farms and Head Start have come together to create a unique opportunity for early learners. In September, the three-some opened their first preschool classroom at the Sustainability Academy in Burlington, with an enrollment of 20 children. The core teachers include a Head Start Early Care Advocate, a Burlington School District teacher, and a Shelburne Farms Early Childhood Teaching Fellow. The project extends the programming at the Sustainability Academy to the preschool level, with a focus on school-readiness, literacy, food, nutrition and the natural world.
This project was made possible by a grant from the Vermont Community Preschool Collaborative.
Farm-Based Educators Rock the Farm!
I’m coming away with many new ideas and renewed inspiration for the work that I do. That’s what professional conferences are all about!
— Prairie Crossing Learning Farm
This came at the best time for me!
Gave me a clear vision and ideas
on how to get there!
—Kim Proctor, Happy Valley School
PHOTO: Jill Keating (R) was 2011 Farm Educator of the Year. She and Rebecca Holcombe (L) work at Common Ground High School, Urban
Farm, and Environmental Education Center,
in New Haven, CT
The 5th annual Farm-Based Education Conference welcomed a sold-out audience of more than 240 individuals from as far away as California and Italy. The energy around the conference was palpable. As practitioners of farm-based education for nearly 40 years, we are so inspired to see this movement gain momentum nationally and around the world.
FBEA program coordinator Erica Curry chatted with WCAX-TV about the goals of the conference. Watch it here.
The Farm-Based Education Association is a project of Shelburne Farms.
Update on the fire at the Inn
Many of you may know that a small, contained fire occurred on the evening of October 20 in a third floor staff bathroom at the Inn, likely due to a faulty bathroom fan. Quick responses by our staff and the Shelburne Fire Department kept damage to a minimum. We're now working with a mitigation company to assess and repair all water, fire, and smoke-related damages. Curator Julie Eldridge Edwards and Inn Director Karen Polihronakis are working with a team of consultants to ensure the historic structure is preserved, and to treat any damages to the collections.
New Guide to Education for Sustainability available for free
Shelburne Farms' Sustainable Schools Project just released the revised Guide to Education for Sustainability. First issued in 2004, this new version reflects the changing field of EFS and shares new strategies that we've developed over time. Download Guide. SSP has also developed the Education for Sustainability Starter Kit, a series of self-guided learning opportunities for educators and schools. Download Starter Kit. Both downloads are FREE!
By Thanksgiving, we'll finish the new gravel pedestrian path running along North Gate Road (ie. our main farm road) to the lake. You'll be able to use it throughout the year, conditions permitting. So go "off-roading" by "on-trailing!"
Solar power update
Green Mountain Power's 149 kilowatt solar orchard behind the Coach Barn generated 180,015 kilowatt-hours of electricity in its first year of production. That's enough to meet more than 25% of the Farm's total energy needs. When you add in our Farm Barn panels and our solar tracker that equals nearly one-third of the Farm's energy! More on GMP and solar power in Vermont in this recent article.