NOFA-VT seeks proposals for 34th Annual Winter Conference
The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont is accepting workshop proposals for its 34th Annual Winter Conference. Proposals will be accepted until Sept. 18, 2015. The event is Vermont’s largest agricultural conference, bringing together more than 1,500 farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, educators, policy makers and consumers for three days of workshops, networking sessions, meals and celebration. It will take place at University of Vermont’s Davis Center, Burlington, Feb. 13-15, 2016.
The goal of the conference is to facilitate learning and sharing of information on all aspects of local, organic farming and gardening. Organizers of the conference aim to create a gathering space that fosters collaboration between diverse groups of people, while also meeting the specific needs of these varied groups.
Info: nofavt.org/annual-events/winter-conference/RFP or by calling NOFA Vermont at (802) 434-4122.
LOCAL EVENTS OR EVENTS FEATURING A LOCAL
August 27 Thursday
CONCERT: Paige Thibault, 14, will perform her first “real gig” at Radio Bean from 7–8 p.m. She will be performing an hour-long set of her original songs, singing and playing the piano. 8 North Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: radiobean.com.
EXHIBIT: Art, farm, history—a new exhibit at Rokeby Museum, 4334 Route 7, Ferrisburgh. The Farm: The Drawings of Rowland Evans Robinson, 1850-1880 features nearly 40 pictures of farm life 150 years ago. The Farm will be on view until Oct. 25, 2015. Info: rokeby.org or 802-822-3406.
August 29 Saturday
PICK YOUR OWN: Shelburne Orchards’ early apples are ready—Paula Reds and Ginger Golds. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday at 216 Orchard Rd. Info: shelburneorchards.com.
EVENT: 34th Annual Vergennes Day to Celebrate Vermont’s Little City. On the Friday evening before, the event kicks off with a street dance in City Park from 7–10 p.m. Activities on Saturday are between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. and culminate with a lighting of the Otter Creek Falls. Info: vergennesday.com.
September 2 Wednesday
EVENT: Apple pies again available at Charlotte Congregational Church, Church Hill Road. Delicious apple pies for sale from 4–6 p.m. Isn’t it great that some things stay the same? Apple pies at our church have not changed. Yummy crust and Vermont apples, tiny bit of sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Info: Martha Perkins, email@example.com.
BLOOD DRIVE: American Red Cross will host a blood drive from noon–5:30 p.m., Shelburne Town Center, 5420 Shelburne Road. Info: redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
September 4 Friday
EVENT: Apple pies again available at Charlotte Congregational Church, Church Hill Road. Delicious apple pies for sale 4 – 6 p.m. Info: Martha Perkins, firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 5 Saturday
FUNDRAISING: Lila, 12, and Gabriel Taylor, 9, will host a bake sale on the corner of Lake and Thompson’s Point roads. They are raising money for the Friends of Northern Lake Champlain, 1–3 p.m. Help them toward their goal of $500 by stopping by and buying one of their delicious triple chocolate chip cookies.
BEER: Vermont Heritage Brew Festival at Shelburne Museum. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; first pour 6 p.m. Tickets are $55; $35 for members of Shelburne Museum and Vermont Folklife Center. Info: eventbrite.com/e/vermont-heritage-brew-festival-tickets-17672118783. Proceeds support Vermont Folklife Center and Shelburne Museum. The first 500 Vermont resident ticket purchasers will receive a commemorative sample glass.
September 8 Tuesday
BOOK TOUR: Stephen Kiernan starts a national book tour at Phoenix Books in Burlington at 7 p.m. to promote “The Hummingbird.” There will be readings, a T-shirt cannon and flying candy. Info: stephenpkiernan.com
September 9 Wednesday
EVENT: The United Way will host a discussion at the Charlotte Senior Center from 1–2:30 p.m. and invites residents aged 60 and over to discuss their ideas about how Chittenden County could better meet the unique needs of residents as they age. They will also explore the results of the recent Healthy Aging Survey in more depth. Info: goo.gl/kn5Qog.
September 11 Friday
EDITOR’S PICK—FUNDRAISER: The 5th annual Latin Music & Dance Party will take place at the Shelburne Farms Coach Barn on Friday, Sept. 11, 7–11 p.m. This fundraiser will benefit the Hands to Honduras–Tela project, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit under construction at the Tela Hospital. Info: facebook.com/handstohondurastela
September 12 Saturday
BIKE RIDE: The Kelly Brush Century Ride powered by VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations celebrates 10 years of cyclists supporting the Kelly Brush Foundation’s mission to empower those living with paralysis through sport and recreation and to improve ski racing safety. The ride is in Middlebury. Info: kellybrushfoundation.org.
September is Vermont River Cleanup Month. You can help improve the streams and rivers of Vermont! Volunteers are needed for events throughout the month. Info: watershedsunitedvt.org/vtrivercleanup.