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Explore the mystery of the "Lone Tree" and other stories of the tallest point on Shelburne Farms. Photo by Daria Bishop.

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Oyster Reefs as a Climate Change Adaptation

Our Climate Resiliency Fellows get the chance to connect, collaborate, and get support from peers; to draw inspiration from speakers ranging from artists to climate scientists; and to have dedicated time to realize their own projects back home.

Read about the Fellows' work
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Farm Fresh School Meals for All

School meals and food systems education are deeply intertwined, and more equitable school meals means healthier students who are ready to learn. Here's a spotlight on the coalition we're a part of that successfully advocated for Universal School Meals in Vermont.

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The Joy & Lessons of Butter Making

June is National Dairy Month, and we’re sharing a new how-to video showing one of our favorite activities: making butter! It's not only simple and delicious, it's an opportunity to connect ourselves back to the land and the impact we have on it.

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Enriching Lives: Animal & Human

UVM student and farmyard educator Catherine Ziac tackles the question of how animal enrichment might affect the welfare of our education animals and their human interactions.

Read Catherine's reflection

Upcoming Programs

June 18, 12–3:00PM: Sunday Picnic with Adventure Dinner

June 21, 7–9:00PM: Sacred Sound Sanctuary

June 22, 4–5:30PM: The Art & Science of Herbal Tea with Spoonful Herbals

July 8, 9:00AM–12:00PM: Summer Forest Bathing: shinrin-yoku

July 12, 6:30PM: Town of Shelburne Concert

July 16, 6:00PM: Farm to Ballet

July 19, 6:30PM: Town of Shelburne Concert

July 26, 6:30PM: Town of Shelburne Concert

Upcoming Programs for Educators

Apply for the Education for Sustainability Graduate Certificate

July 10–14: Project Seasons for Young Learners: Cultivating Joy & Wonder

July 17–21: Foundations in Education for Sustainability

July 25–27: Immersion in Education for Sustainability

Apply for the 2023-24 Education for Sustainability Leadership Academy

October 2023–Summer 2024: A Forest for Every Classroom

Fall 2023–Spring 2024: Cultivating Pathways to Sustainability

All 2023 professional learning programs

What We're Following

The Williston Observer spotlights research currently underway on our working farm campus: using mycorrhizal fungi to remove excess nutrients from soil.

Many of Vermont’s dairy farms have shuttered, and the forecast is for still fewer—and much larger—operations. Via Seven Days.

Vermont recognizes school districts incorporating the highest percentage of local foods into their school meals program. Schools that purchase or grow at least 15% of the food they use locally are eligible for reimbursements through the Local Foods Incentive, a program we helped to create through Vermont FEED, our partnership with NOFA-VT.

Birds are shrinking as the climate warms—and small birds are shrinking faster. Via Yale Environment 360.

Education Week asks, "Are school lunch periods too short?"

Laura Schifter, senior fellow with the Aspen Institute, shares how she talks to her kids about climate change. Via CNN.

We’ve launched a new website to showcase our mission and the beauty of our working farm campus. Whatever your connection to Shelburne Farms, you'll find new ways to engage with the organization: enroll in a workshop under For Educators, plan your day visit or book a farm-to-table dinner under Visit & Learn, or order farmstead cheddar and maple syrup under Shop. Thanks for supporting Shelburne Farms.

Shelburne Farms is an education nonprofit on a mission to inspire and cultivate learning for a sustainable future through its programs, place, and products.

We offer transformative learning experiences to help educators, students, overnight guests, and visitors create a more thriving world. Home to the Institute for Sustainable Schools, our historic campus is a 1,400-acre diversified farm located on the homelands of the Winooskik band of the Abenaki.

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