As advocates for Vermont’s sustainable local food system, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) is announcing the third annual Agricultural Literacy Week, November 17-22, 2014. With a focus on local farming, healthy food, and strong communities, this event will promote the understanding of Vermont agriculture across the state.

Agricultural Literacy Week is designed to educate Vermont citizens about the depth of our connection to agriculture in the landscape, environment, and our personal health. People young and old will have the opportunity to rediscover the beauty of our state and the powerful role that farms play in its economy, energy resources, sustainability efforts, and resiliency. This week of activities connecting Vermont’s communities to their local farms also furthers Vermont’s Farm to Plate goals to increase food literacy and educational opportunities in schools and communities.

Some of the events NOFA VT is hosting around the state:
Saturday, November 15, 2014 – Chandler Center for the Arts
. Farmers’ market beginning at 3:00, performance by bluegrass group Run Boy Run at 7:30, as well as a photo exhibit titled “Home Grown in Central Vermont,” featuring the works of Ben DeFlovio
Monday, November 17, 2014, 7:00pm – D. Rawson Library, Jericho
. Gregory Sharrow, Co-Director, Vermont Folklife Center will present “A Sense of Place: Vermont’s Farm Legacy.” This lecture explores the fabric of farm culture in the past and probes its relationship to the world of Vermont today.
Monday November 17, 2014, time TBA: Dorset Village Library, Dorset
. What farmers bring to the Thanksgiving Table.” Farmer Scout Proft will display and talk about the food grown around Dorset which will include a visit by live turkeys!
Saturday, November 22, 2014, 2-3:00pm; Lanpher Memorial Library, Main St., Hyde Park
. George Woodard slide show: “Roots of my Raising: Sharing multigenerational family farm photographs and stories.”

Please mark your calendars for November 17-22, 2014 as Agricultural Literacy Week in Vermont. We hope that you will consider joining this powerful and exciting tribute to agriculture in our state. To learn more and get involved, contact your local Farm to Community Mentor, or visit www.nofavt.org/ag-lit-week.