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:
A few weeks ago, a group of students from the University of Vermont volunteered with the Intervale Conservation Nursery, propagating new trees and shrubs in our warm, humid greenhouse. At lunch, during an informal round table bag lunch discussion with Intervale Center staff, the students asked if staff could share how they ended up at the Intervale Center and what values led them to promote conservation and sustainable agriculture.