Sowing Seeds: Out in the Community
Vermont Food Politics
Last weekend, several Cedar Circle Farm staffers joined with hundreds of others in the pouring rain in Montpelier, and with 2 million people around the world in the March Against Monsanto. Check out some photos from around the world, and some photos, a video, and an article about the Vermont march. The next big national action is on July 4 with Moms Across America - Get your town involved!.
National Food Politics
There are so many issues to address, but this week the Farm Bill is the most important issue out there concerning agriculture. Citizen engagement in food politics is increasingly important as agribusiness tries to strip people of their right to choose healthy and clean food. If you care about getting healthy food to everyone, protecting our natural resources, and supporting the next generation of American farmers, then you’ll want to take action on the 2013 Farm Bill this week!
Over the past few weeks hundreds of students have visited the farm for guided farm tours and educational activities like seed planting, farm bingo, insect search, flower match, bee observation, and more. We just adore this work!
Cat and Lauren have been working with students, community members and school staff to prepare the Thetford Elementary School gardens for their seventh season. This year we had two community work days at school and accomplished an impressive amount of work. Thanks so much to all of the parent and student helpers! We are so excited to have been able to use our own school compost for the first time! Next week, Cat and Lauren will plant the gardens with the students.
Thetford Community Garden, located on the green in Thetford Center, has dug in to its fourth season. We welcome lots of new gardeners this year. It’s so exciting to get people growing, especially for the first time! Stay tuned to the Thetford listserve to learn about free gardening classes at the community garden throughout the summer.
Gardening Classes on the Farm
We’ve had dozens of people attend our increasingly popular gardening classes on the farm this year. Enthusiasm for gardening is on the rise. We love being a part of the demand! The last gardening class on the farm, Success! - Making the most of your veggie plot is Saturday, June 1, from 10:30 to noon. This year, we are offering a separate series of classes exclusive to the Dartmouth After Hours Program. Next week, we’ll feature a class called Buzz! on garden guests and pests, and one on pruning and staking called Up!. If you’re interested in joining these classes, contact Cat.
If you’d like to volunteer on the farm or help out with any of our community outreach programs contact Cat