Join Food Connects, in partnership with the Vermont Farm to School Network, in celebrating Farm to School efforts across Windham County! If you are part of the local Farm to School movement, or are looking to learn more, this is the event for you.
The event will be catered by Tito's Taqueria, a Brattleboro-based taco truck. You can look forward to participating in a self-service taco bar with both meat and vegetarian options. Gluten-free tacos will be available.
We will gather at the Retreat Farm in Brattleboro (look for the big, yellow farmhouse) for an evening of good food, networking, presentations, and problem-solving (see full agenda). Conor Floyd, Retreat Farm's Associate Program Director, will be available at 3 pm to take visitors on a tour of the property, visit the animals, and share the fascinating history of the farm.
The program will feature three speakers:
Wayne Kermenski: Current principal of Marlboro Elementary School and former Principal of Hawlemont Academy in Western Massachusetts. Wayne will share stories about implementing a comprehensive agricultural program at Hawlemont Academy. Just 5 years ago, enrollment at the school was so low that they were considering closing their doors. Now, there is a waitlist full of students eager to attend. Wayne, along with the school's former Agricultural Coordinator, will review:
- How the program turned the school around.
- The key philosophical components of the program and classroom projects.
Shane Rogers: Rooted in Vermont Project Manager. Rooted in Vermont is shifting the local food narrative on social media and Vermont communities to be more inclusive of the many different ways that Vermonters enjoy and acquire local food. Whether it’s growing or foraging, purchasing directly from a farmers or at the store, hunting or fishing, eating at schools, institutions or restaurants serving local food, picking up food at a food shelf, or just by trading with friends and neighbors – Vermonters have been doing local food for generations and everyone deserves to see local food as their own.
Ali West: Food Service Director for the Brattleboro Town Schools. Ali will share information about her role in Brattleboro’s Farm to School efforts, including the creation of a cooking class for kids, implementation of a Breakfast after the Bell Program and a concerted effort to incorporate more local foods on her menus.
Have questions? Contact Kate at 802-451-0510 or [email protected].
*Professional development certificates will be available for all participants.
Special thanks to Retreat Farm for hosting and to our school partners: Guilford Central School, Westminster Center School, Putney Central School, Oak Grove School & NewBrook Elementary School.