Summervale Has A Little Help From Its Friends

Summervale Has A Little Help From Its Friends

By Megan Sullivan, Summervale music intern

Every Thursday, the Intervale Center lawn is filled with hundreds of smiling faces, swaying to the music of a new artist.  People leave with full stomachs and memories overflowing with new experiences.  Summervale would not be where it is today if not for the amazing supporters and sponsors that give their talent, food, and time to make it happen! It has become a Burlington summer staple with the help of two local music gurus:  Joe Adler, general manager for Radio Bean, is thanked every Summervale for putting his hard work into finding these up-and-coming artists.  Mike Trombley, owner of Advance Music Center, donates one of his limited sound systems each week in order to make the music travel all throughout Summervale.

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Come to “Dinner With Your Farmers” at Adam’s Berry Farm!

Come to “Dinner With Your Farmers” at Adam’s Berry Farm!

Dinner with Your Farmers at Adam’s Berry Farm
Saturday, August 15   6 – 9 PM 

Celebrate vibrant Vermont farms with Adam’s Berry Farm and the Intervale Center!

Join us at the berry farm for a family-style dinner cooked by Chef Phillip Clayton of Guild Tavern, featuring ingredients sourced from farms the Intervale Center has incubated or assisted with business planning. Dessert will be prepared by Andrew LeStourgeon of Little Sweets at Hen of the Wood. And, of course, there will be berries! Read more

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

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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