Agricultural Literacy Week is an opportunity for focused educational events to encourage a robust understanding of agriculture in Vermont's schools and communities.
NOFA Vermont Farm to Community Mentors facilitate the organization of local events at schools, libraries, farms, and other community centers. To get involved or suggest an activity for your area, contact your local Farm to Community Mentor.
Ag Lit Week Events
Over a dozen Ag Lit Week events took place in 2013!
"Meet the Farmers of Middlesex" at the Rumney School.
Dexter LeFavour, who raises pigs and vegetables on his small farm in Middlesex, shares lunch and conversation with students at the Rumney School on Wednesday, Dec 11th. Five farmers representing many different kinds of farming, came to the school to share lunch and talk about their farms with students. Some of the farms have provided food for the school, while others provide horseback riding, and field trip visits for students at the school. The students had so many questions, the time ran out for answers, and plans were made to return next year and do it again. Principal Adam Rosen agreed to make it a part of the annual November Agricultural Literacy Week observations.
2nd Annual Tractor Day in Highgate
Co-sponsored by NOFA-VT and the Highgate Public Library, this event celebrates our wonderful farming community in northern Vermont. Local farmers proudly brought their restored antique tractors to the village green, and shared their stories. NOFA-VT mentor, Virginia Holiman received this glowing letter which sums it all up beautifully,
“First, many many kudos to you for such an awesome event with Tractor Day! I stood there thinking to myself, THIS is exactly why we’re living in Vermont. It was such a beautiful fall day and just such a great sense of community. I have an adorable picture of my son with two other little boys and it’s like they’re saying to each other ‘dude can you believe this, we’re on tractors!!”
Ideas for Agricultural Literacy Week Activities
Guest Speaker Topics:
- From beginning to end: the life of a crop
- How is the seed planted? How long is the growth process? What happens when it dies?
- Eating with the seasons in Vermont
- How to preserve: a lesson on canning
- How to sustain an herb garden through the winter
- Eating locally on a college budget
- The history of a local farm
Show a Movie:
- Bloom: the Agricultural Renaissance: a look at the farming and food renaissance that is reshaping the Green Mountain State.
- Fresh: celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system
- King Corn: a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation.
- The Future of Food: distills the complex technology and consumer issues surrounding major changes in the food system today -- genetically engineered foods, patenting, and the corporatization of food -- into terms the average person can understand.
- French Fries to go: documents Telluride, Colorado’s quest to run city buses on recycled fryer oil.
- Garden Cycles, Faces From The New Farm: the story of three women on a three-month bicycle-powered tour of urban gardens throughout the Northeast.
- Sustainable Table, What’s On Your Plate: traces West Coast food production from field to table.
- Food Matters: looks at the often overlooked connection between food and our nation’s current state of health
Do you have an Ag Lit Week event to share? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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