Summervale: Blending Great Food and Great Music

Summervale: Blending Great Food and Great Music

By Megan Sullivan, Summervale Music Intern

After a long and cold winter, Summervale is finally right around the corner with new food, new music, new activities… you name it!  Everyone who attends Summervale gets a feel of community, family, and maybe a new recipe or two. For the past 5+ years, Summervale has become a staple for local Vermonters.  Every Thursday, people have the opportunity to enjoy food from local vendors and music by local Vermont artists. Read more

Summervale 2015 Line-up

Summervale logoSummervale is the Intervale Center’s celebration of farms, local food, family, and friends! A percentage of proceeds benefit the Intervale Center’s work. Join us every Thursday in July and August from 5:30 – 8 PM for local food, live music,
Slow Food Vermont tastings, kids activities, and more! Summervale takes place at 180 Intervale Road in Burlington, just past Gardener’s Supply Co.

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Have a Heart, Pull a Weed Day: A Huge Success!

Have a Heart, Pull a Weed Day: A Huge Success!

On Saturday, May 2, a group of 20 volunteers removed 300 invasive species from the Intervale Center’s land as part of our second annual “Have a Heart, Pull a Weed” Day, sponsored by Healthy Living Market and Café. Just like non-native animals, invasive plants are harmful to the ecosystem because they compete for nutrients, light and space with native plants. Part of the Intervale Center’s mission of caring for our one-and-only Intervale is to make sure to preserve native habitat as much as possible and allow our floodplain ecosystem to thrive.

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Planting Trees to Heal the Planet

Planting Trees to Heal the Planet

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.” – Chinese proverb

There’s something magical about planting trees. One recent cold March day in Vermont, I stood in a warm greenhouse propagating black willow cuttings, feeling like it was the most important thing I could be doing for the world on a Friday afternoon.  Surrounded by thousands of cuttings soon to grow shoots of green leaves and deep roots that will one day line the shores of Vermont’s rivers and streams, I considered how our actions today will have an impact on the planet for decades and generations to come. In these trees’ lifespans, which vary by species from 10 – 100 years, how many birds will live in their branches? How much carbon will they sequester? How many pollutants will they filter out of runoff water? How many people will walk through them, enjoying their quiet beauty?

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Meet Alis, our Administrative Assistant

Meet Alis, our Administrative Assistant

We’re so pleased to introduce you to Alis Sevakian, a wonderful new addition to the Intervale Center team!

How did you arrive at the Intervale Center? What is your professional background?
I have always been a huge fan of the IC and just loved coming down here when I had a food share and also for Summervale – what a terrific opportunity for community members to gather in the summer evenings eating delicious food, listening to music and socializing. It is by far one of my favorite Vermont events, so when I saw the ad for what is now my job at the IC, I leaped on it. As for my background, I worked in the legal field in various roles for years. I have a degree in Conflict Studies, and I also studied International Human Rights. Some of my most fulfilling work to date was as an intern at the Irish Refugee Council in Dublin.

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