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.
By Hannah Morrison, Summervale Event Coordinator Intern
There are many new and exciting additions to this year’s Summervale! This year we will be welcoming three new vendors, lots more parking, an expanded lawn area, and plenty of new musical artists! Much like our past events, Summervale will continue to bring together great local food, music, kids activities and the overall community, all in the name of strengthening community food systems.
Each year, the Intervale Center works with dozens of farms all over Vermont, providing business planning, production assistance, land access help and much more. These farms range from start-up operations to those transitioning their businesses to the next generation. A lot of the farmers we support are in the early stages of business development. Working one-on-one, we help new farmers identify their goals, build their production and management skills, connect with mentors, and acquire other skills that will help them succeed.
For instance, in 2015 we worked with Shadow Creek Farm through our Beginning Farmer Program. Here is their story. Read more
Cheese & Wine Traders, a Vermont family-owned specialty food store featuring over 1500 wines, 150+ cheeses, gourmet foods and Vermont-made local products, has announced that the Intervale Center will be the beneficiary of its 2016 Garage Sale. The event will take place from Monday, June 6 to Sunday, June 12. Shoppers can anticipate big discounts of up to 70% on cheeses, wines, gourmet foods and more. Cheese & Wine Traders will match up to $3,000 of customer donations. In 2015, the sale raised $7,000 for the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf.
This year, the Intervale Conservation Nursery is planting over 15,000 natives trees and shrubs along rivers and streams across Vermont to improve water quality. Yesterday, we planted about an acre of native trees and shrubs along the Allen Brook in Williston, VT with the help of approximately 40 students from Williston Central School and Trudel Consulting and Engineers. The site is on the back side of the new Finney Crossing development. The planting project was a collaboration between the Intervale Conservation Nursery, Friends of the Winooski River, and the Town of Williston.
This month, we’re collecting stories from staff, board, friends and supporters about what made them care about sustainable agriculture and/or conservation. Thomas G. Walsh is the Chair of the Intervale Center Board of Directors, and he shared with us this story: