Last week, over 100 community volunteers came together to plant 600 trees in Williston and Shelburne!
On Friday, 65+ students, teachers, and parents from the Williston Central School’s 7th and 8th grade classes joined six volunteers from Resource Systems Group Inc. in Burlington to plant 300 shrub willow, black willow, gray birch, and speckled alders along the Allen Brook in Williston. We also planted about 15 butternuts, which may have resistance to the butternut canker, that we have been growing in partnership with UVM in our Conservation Nursery field in the Intervale. As they grow, these trees will build a healthy riparian zone, buffering an area adjacent to a proposed large scale development to protect the waterway from runoff and erosion.
This fall, I had the opportunity to travel to Durham, NC for the 4th annual National Incubator Farm Training Initiative (NIFTI) Annual Conference. In this line of work, as in so many, we are asked to attend lots of conferences. Some are well worth it and some leave you feeling anxious to check your email and see what you are missing. NIFTI is always some of my favorite days of the year. We have been part of NIFTI since the beginning and it has been amazing to see how the conference has grown and adapted over the years.
The Intervale Center recently received a grant from the Vermont Community Foundation’s Food and Farm Initiative to improve local food access and develop new markets for Vermont farm and food producers within the independent grocer sector. This is the first grant the Intervale Center has received from the Food and Farm Initiative, the Community Foundation’s effort to provide healthy food to all Vermonters while increasing the viability of our local farms.
Come help us plant 300 beautiful native trees along a scenic Vermont landscape! We’ll restore a 1-acre riparian buffer to control excess runoff and erosion and enhance biodiversity within a special ecosystem. Snacks and lunch will be generously provided by Healthy Living Market and Café.
Date and time: Saturday, November 7 from 10 AM-12:30 PM
By Sarah Alexander, Intervale Gleaning & Food Rescue Coordinator
We are more than halfway through a successful gleaning season! Each week volunteers have been donating their time and getting their hands dirty to feed their local community. Ben and Jerry’s Burlington Scoop Shop, Bellcate School, Winooski Youth, University of Vermont, Keurig Green Mountain, Volunteers for Peace, and Peoples United Bank have all been dedicated volunteer groups. We have also hosted a number of individual volunteers of all ages, from all over Vermont.
The Intervale Food Hub, a social enterprise of Burlington-based nonprofit Intervale Center, is now an approved vendor to UVM Dining at the University of Vermont. The Intervale Food Hub is known for its subscription baskets containing local products including vegetables, eggs, meat, yogurt, and cheese from 40 Vermont producers. Several of the producers are located in Burlington’s Intervale, less than two miles from the UVM campus.
Joe Adler has made a Summervale music line-up that is one for the books. Artists from all over New England have come to perform at the Intervale Center this summer and have loved the unique Summervale experience. The next three and final Summervale events will be some of the most memorable with performances from local music legend, Ray Vega, as well as local band, Smooth Antics.
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.