Agricultural Literacy Week 2017

Agricultural literacy increases awareness of the economic and cultural importance of farms in our communities The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT), along with the Vermont Department of Libraries, and the Vermont Agency of Food and Markets, collaborate to present an annual Agricultural Literacy Week, each 3rd week of November. The week-long celebration takes place across the state to inform and educate Vermonters about the economic and cultural importance of farms in our communities.

Vermont Farm Kids - The Ransom Boys "Wisdom comes from experience, and you get a lot of experience on a farm that you couldn't get anywhere else."

- Harley Ransom, age 12 (pictured with Clifford, 17, and Oliver 10). Strafford Organic Creamery at Rock Bottom Farm, Strafford, VT

For 2017’s Agricultural Literacy Week, NOFA-VT proudly presented a new film, “Vermont Farm Kids” produced by NOFA-VT’s Farm to Community Mentor Maria Reade and filmed by James Chandler. This short documentary depicts the unique and poignant stories of farm kids (ages 10-28) from across the state of Vermont. The film expresses the importance of what it means to each child to grow up on their own farm, and how their experiences have shaped their lives. This project has been made possible by sponsors from Farm Credit East, the Johnson Family Foundation, and the Forrest and Frances Lattner Foundation.

“We are so excited to present this new documentary,” said Abbie Nelson, NOFA-VT’s Education Director. “This film is an opportunity to hear stories about what it is like growing up on a farm, leaving the farm, and returning. It highlights the important role farm kids have in Vermont and brings a new understanding of their contribution to our agricultural state.”

There was an official premiere of the film in Montpelier on Tuesday, November 14 with talks by Secretary Tebbetts, Lt. Governor Zuckerman, State Department of Libraries Murphy and Governor Scott (invited), and a question-and-answer session with several of the featured farm kids.

NOFA-VT invites partners to present a screening of the film during Agricultural Literacy Week in their communities. If interested in hosting a screening, please contact NOFA-VT Farm to Community Mentor Misse Axelrod at [email protected] or call (802) 279-1548.

Questions? Email [email protected] or call (802) 434-4122.