It’s no secret that Vermont farmers are aging and that a significant amount of farmland in Vermont will change hands in the coming years. According to the American Farmland Trust, the average age of a Vermont farmer is 57 years old, and farmers at or above retirement age manage 30 percent of all land in production. Simultaneously, Vermont is one of a few states where the total number of farms is actually increasing, growing by about 5 percent between 2007 and 2012 to 7,338 farms. We know that there are both great challenges and opportunities ahead for Vermont’s agricultural sector as many beginning farmers transition to new land.
Luckily, Vermont has a robust network of experienced service providers to help farms navigate finding new land, starting their businesses, and staying successful as beginning farmers.
This week’s Summervale at the Intervale is sure to transport you into a late Summer’s dream with Steady Betty taking the main stage. The all-female power group plays classic Rocksteady music, the sound of 1960’s Jamaica.
This week at Summervale, we will be joined by the rising Acoustic Folk singer/songwriter, Francesca Blanchard and her accompanying band. Born to parents who have worked for international humanitarian agencies around the world, Francesca grew up surrounded by a diversity of cultures and ways of life, something that is evidenced in her music.
This week on the Summervale stage, we will be joined by Bow Thayer, both the accomplished, inventive musician himself, and the band. The group’s sound is described as “mountain soul,” which skirts rock, blues, folk, bluegrass, and every genre in between. In listening to their varied tracks, there is a notable raw feeling to each piece; it is undeniably honest music. Read more
This week, Summervale at the Intervale is sure to be poppin’ as we will be joined by the local, hot Latin dance band, Mal Maiz. Come prepared to move and groove. Led by Maiz Vargas Sandoval, self-referenced as a “Costa Rican gypsy devil”, the band brings a blissful fusion of South American cumbia influences to the stages of Burlington, VT. Their sound is both exotic — transporting its listener to foreign places South of the border — and right at home in the heart of the funky and eclectic Burlington music scene. Read more
This week at Summervale, the infamous Vermont-based band, Pete’s Posse will be performing accompanied by the Young Traditions Showcase. Created in dedication to Tom Sustic, a 16-year-old boy deeply rooted in the Vermont music community who lost his life to leukemia, Young Traditions Vermont is an organization aimed at promoting traditional music and dance in young populations and supporting the families of children suffering from life-altering diseases. This will be the culminating performance for one of their Summer programs, featuring a number of creative acts.
This past week I was given the amazing opportunity to walk down to two farms that rent land from the Intervale Center in Burlington, Vermont and meet the farmers who maintain the land there. As I walked the short distance through the tree-lined trails behind the building where I usually do my work, alongside my co-workers and members of the Intervale Center Board of Directors, to the farm, I wondered what to expect. We ended up visiting two farms, the New Farms for New Americans (NFNA) plot of land, as well as the Intervale Community Farm.
Entering our third week of Summervale at the Intervale Center, we will be celebrating these warm summer months in true style with the BVT Indie Folk Rock sensation, The Wee Folkestra. The Wee Folkestra was first created by Joe Adler, a key force behind the local music scene here in Burlington. The band has since evolved into somewhat of a supergroup, boasting some of the most prominent musicians in the area. The group focuses on re-imagining covers — obscure and cherished. Throughout a regular performance, an audience can expect to hear anything from The Band to Michael Jackson to Selena Gomez covers, all as they’ve never been heard before.
For our second week of Summervale, we will be graced with the rising Burlington musical sensation Becker, Ullman, Markley and Freeberg, more playfully referred to as BUMF. Say it aloud: “BUMF”. The noise that the name creates speaks volumes about the band’s sound. It is full, funky, whimsical, educated, explorative, smooth, satisfying, and free form. It is a sound within which you can identify separate, familiar parts, but that as a whole produces something new and intriguing. Beyond its playful surface, the band’s name, as it is each group member’s familial title, speaks to their earnest dedication and respect for music and musicianship.
Hailing from Toronto, The Battle of Santiago will be kicking off our Summervale music series! Self-described as “an epic soundclash taking place North of the Border”, the band offers a unique blend of Afro-Cuban rhythmicity and Canadian Post-Rock mentality that all but necessitates movement while simultaneously engaging the immigrant experience of transplant Torontonians.