Craftsbury Common, VT - More than 50 farmers are expected to compete in the 4th Annual NOFA-VT Farmer Olympics, to be held at Sterling College in Craftsbury Common, Vermont on August 8 from 4-8 p.m. Farmers will show off their skills in events that include a hay bale toss, vegetable harvesting race and a relay involving 5-gallon buckets.
We’ve been training all season for this,” said Gwyneth Harris, the farm manager at Sterling College. “It’s important to look up from the weeding and harvesting to have fun and share a meal with our fellow Vermont farmers, and then beat them at wiffle ball. We look forward to welcoming folks to the Rian Fried Center.” The Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems encompasses the College’s farm and gardens, edible forest, orchard and sugarbush and provides 30% of the food consumed in Sterling’s dining hall.
Ten teams will be competing and judges include staff from both NOFA-VT and Sterling College. Participants and spectators are invited to campus for the games and to enjoy a farm-fresh meal from the NOFA-VT mobile oven. Side dishes and pizza ingredients are donated from Pete’s Greens, Cellars at Jasper Hill and Sterling College.
For more information or to register a team, visit: https://nofavt.org/events/4th-annual-farmer-olympics
Katie Lavin, Director of Media Relations, Sterling College
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ABOUT STERLING COLLEGE
Founded in 1958 in Craftsbury Common, Vermont, Sterling College is the leading voice in higher education for environmental stewardship and rural place-based education. The College was among the first colleges in the United States to focus on sustainability through academic majors in Ecology, Environmental Humanities, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems, and Outdoor Education. Sterling is home to the School of the New American Farmstead and the Wendell Berry Farming Program, is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and is one of only nine federally recognized Work Colleges in the nation.
ABOUT NOFA VERMONT
The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont is a member-based organization working to grow local farms, healthy food, and strong communities in Vermont. Our members are farmers, gardeners, educators and food lovers of all sorts – anyone who wants to help us create a future full of local food and local farms. Our programs include farmer and gardener technical assistance, farm to school support, organic certification, advocacy, an online apprentice and farm worker directory, an annual Winter Conference, and programs that work to ensure access to fresh, local food to all Vermonters, regardless of income.