Photos from the 5th Annual Farmer Olympics

On Tuesday, August 6th 2019, farmers and farm crews came together at the Intervale Community Farm in Burlington to compete for the gold at this mid-season extravaganza. Individual farm teams showed off their finely-honed agricultural skills in events ranging from physical to cerebral to plain ridiculous. This event is a chance to unwind, celebrate the season, and kick back before that heavy fall workload begins.

Get a glimpse of the silliness by watching this Burlington Free Press video:

BFP video


And here a few of pics from the event:

Grace NOFA Vermont's new executive director, Grace Oedel, climbs on a table to get farmers' attention to begin the games!


name the soil amendment Erin Buckwalter, NOFA-VT's Market Development Director, takes notes as the judge assigned to the Middlebury College team as they try to determine the soil amendments in their hand (blindfolded).


Tomato eating Livy Bulger, NOFA VT's Events Coordinator, gets the cherry tomatoes ready for the eating competition.


The team from Riverberry Farm won for the award for Team Spirit, for their excellent customized shirts, and for bringing the whole crew!



Word/math problems Farmers from Philo Ridge Farm put their heads together to work to solve math word problems related to common farm chores.


pantyhose beach ball Prepping for the Pantyhose Beach Ball race.


All competitors All the contestants for the 5th Annual NOFA-VT Farmer Olympics.


GRACE NOFA-VT executive director Grace Oedel explains the rules for the fence post (javelin-ish) throwing contest.


winning team The winning team!


Rachel, pizza baker :) Rachel, baker extraordinaire, serves up delicious pizzas, baked in the wood-fired oven, to the hungry farmer competitors.