Agricultural Literacy Week

Three Sisters planting The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT), along with the Vermont Department of Libraries, and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, announces the 8th annual Agricultural Literacy Week, November 12th through the 17th, 2018. The week-long celebration occurs across the state to inform and educate people about the economic and cultural importance of farms in Vermont communities.

For this year’s Agricultural Literacy Week, NOFA-VT is proud to present "Celebrating Our Ancestral Roots".  This year’s theme focuses on the history, traditional practices, and contributions of native agriculture in Vermont. Four main events will feature renowned Abenaki storytellers, sharing aspects of their agricultural heritage, at public libraries around the state.  

The week’s opening event is being held at the Vermont Historical Society Museum, in Montpelier on Tuesday, November 13th, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m, featuring a new exhibit called, "Seeds of Renewal," curated by Dr. Fred Wiseman, an Abenaki ethno-botanist. Dr. Wiseman and Chief Donald Stevens will speak about the project as well as share Abenaki stories and song. Light refreshments will be available. This event is free and open to the public. 

"Vermont Agricultural Literacy Week brings farmers and community together to honor the working agricultural landscape,” said Abbie Nelson, the director of food systems education at NOFA-VT. “The variety of events for this year’s theme of Ancestral Roots appeals to both children and adults. The events will be fun, educational, and a fantastic way to sprout new connections with our agricultural roots.” 

NOFA-VT invites partners to present an evening of storytelling during Agricultural Literacy Week in their communities. For assistance in 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)

2018 Agricultural Literacy Events:

  • Highgate Library and Community Center, Highgate
    Saturday, Nov. 10th 9-12:00pm Potluck at 11:30
    Story Teller: Melody Brook
    Details: Stories to illustrate Abenaki change over time and living culture. Potluck lunch & Craft Corner
  • Bixby Memorial Library, Vergennes
    Monday, Nov. 12th 6-7:30pm
    Story Teller: Chief Donald Stevens 
    Details: Three Sisters story and traditional song

  • VT Historical Society Museum, Montpelier
    Tuesday, Nov. 13th 6-7:30
    The week’s opening event is being held at the Vermont Historical Society Museum, in Montpelier on Tuesday, November 13th, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m, featuring a new exhibit called, "Seeds of Renewal," curated by Dr. Fred Wiseman, an Abenaki ethno-botanist. Dr. Wiseman and Chief Donald Stevens will speak about the project as well as share Abenaki stories and song. Light refreshments will be available. This event is free and open to the public.
  • Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro
    Wednesday, Nov. 14th 7-8:30pm
    Story Teller: Roger Longtoe
    Details: Three Sisters story and traditional song

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.