Agricultural Literacy Week 2019

What's Cooking in Vermont? The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT), in partnership with the Vermont Department of Libraries and the Vermont Agency of Food and Markets, announces the 10th annual Agricultural Literacy Week, November 18-24, 2019. The events of this week-long celebration occur across the state to inform and educate people about the economic and cultural importance of farms in Vermont communities. 

For last year’s Agricultural Literacy Week, NOFA-VT proudly presented “Celebrating Our Culinary Traditions.”  The theme focused on the seasonal delight brought to the table by our local field. Four main events at libraries around the state featured Vermont cookbook authors and offered a taste of prepared foods made from local, seasonal ingredients.

Featured Events in 2019

Manchester Library: Manchester
Sunday, November 17th 3:00-4:30pm

Featured Cookbook Author: Tracey Madeiros
Details: Discussion with Maria Reade of Edible Green Mountains and Tracey about “Vermont Non GMO” cooking and tasting

Ilsey Public Library: Middlebury
Monday, November 18th 1:00-2:00pm

Featured Cookbook Author: Andrea Chesman
Details: Discussion about “The Fat Kitchen” and tasting

Vermont Department of Libraries: Barre
Tuesday, November 19th 5:00-7:00pm

Featured Cookbook Author: Katie Webster
Details: Kid’s Can Cook - Barre Town 4th Graders will showcase their culinary skills and share a tasting. Katie will talk about seasonal eating. 

Norwich Public Library: Norwich
Thursday, November 21st 5:30-7:00

Featured Cookbook Author: Jeffrey Hamelman
Details: Grains & Breads - Jeffrey will talk about and sample a variety of breads.

The opening event will be held at the Vermont State Library, located at 60 Washington Street in Barre, on Tuesday, November 19th from 5:00-7:00pm.  Free Parking is available on both sides of Washington Street and Route 302. Students from Barre Town Elementary School will prepare a Vermont sampler with help from cookbook author Katie Webster. In Katie’s words, she is a “healthy pragmatic locavore omnivore culi-nerd”. She is author of “Maple” and curator of the “Healthy Seasonal Recipe’s” blog. 

Libraries and community centers will be joining in the celebration by hosting their own event: Simple Suppers, a format to develop community meals, guest farmer talks and more are a great way to celebrate the harvest of Vermont.

NOFA-VT invites partners to present a culinary experience at their local library or community center during Agricultural Literacy Week. For assistance in planning or hosting an event, please contact Misse Axelrod, NOFA-VT Farm to Community Mentor, at [email protected] or call (802) 279-1548.

“The magic of Agricultural Literacy Week is that it engenders new connections in the community and inspires exploration of ideas beyond traditional library programming. It’s also super fun!” - Joy Worland, Librarian (Agricultural Literacy event host)

Funding support for Agricultural Literacy Week is provided by The Forrest C. & Frances H. Lattner Foundation and the Johnson Family Foundation Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation.