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:
And here a few of pics from the event:
NOFA Vermont's new executive director, Grace Oedel, climbs on a table to get farmers' attention to begin the games!
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).
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!
Farmers from Philo Ridge Farm put their heads together to work to solve math word problems related to common farm chores.
Prepping for the Pantyhose Beach Ball race.
All the contestants for the 5th Annual NOFA-VT Farmer Olympics.
NOFA-VT executive director Grace Oedel explains the rules for the fence post (javelin-ish) throwing contest.
The winning team!
Rachel, baker extraordinaire, serves up delicious pizzas, baked in the wood-fired oven, to the hungry farmer competitors.