Regenerative Agritourism (Chittenden County)
Photo: Farm Craft VT
Day and Time: Saturday, September 3, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Price: $150, Lunch is included
GOOD FOR: Those who want to learn about promoting regenerative practices through a range of agritourism opportunities including indigenous perspectives, educational and hands-on workshops, herbalism, farm stands and on-farm meals/events.
Gedakina at Shelburne Farms - Gedakina’s activities focus on leadership development, early reader literacy, community health and wellness, traditional ecological knowledge (TEK), sustainability practices, traditional food systems, healthy relationships, and cultural revitalization. One focus is on teaching practical skills to increase access to fresh vegetables, fruits, and traditional medicines. At their 3 Sisters Garden, we’ll witness Turtle Island’s ancient companion planting method and the 5 Senses Garden will have us touching, smelling and tasting medicine, food and tea plants. We’ll also learn about traditional wild foods including oak, sumac and maple.
Bread and Butter Farm’s work is to reimagine a collaborative working landscape that takes care of the soil, microorganisms, plants, animals, farmers, neighbors, and community that depend on this land. Through this work, they engage all members of their community in real and meaningful ways. They provide healthy, ecological food and products as well as joyful experiences that reaffirms their connection to each other and to the environment. We’ll tour the land and learn about the three core businesses that operate from the farm: Bread & Butter Farm, Music for Sprouts, and Blank Page Café. There are several enterprises within each of these businesses (e.g. education, Burger Night, vegetables, etc) that, together, support the shared experiential, educational, and habitat regeneration goals. Following the tour we’ll enjoy a farm fresh meal from the Blank Page Cafe.
Farm Craft Vermont is crafting beautiful essentials from Local Materials for a Resilient Future. On a Seed to Soap/ Scratch and Sniff tour, we’ll see a wide variety of their regenerative practices, from production through processing: orchard, apiary/ observation Flow Hive, native wildflower trials, herb garden, habitat hedgerows, invasive species control, oats and grains, sunflower and hemp oil fields, organic vegetables, net-zero energy buildings, solar saltwater therapy pool, soap studio, essential oil distillation, alembic still and pollinator meadows. Everyone will take home a sample honey and soap!
Spoonful Herbals is sharing joyful, hands-on education and wellness through plant medicine while honoring all our herbal traditions. This non-profit organization is rooted in deep love and respect for plants and wild places, a reverence for the human body and spirit, and joy for sharing their work and creations with the world. We’ll tour their medicinal plant garden, learn about their “Know your Backyard Apothecary” tours and consultations, and garden planning/landscaping guidance. We’ll also partake in a hands-on medicine making workshop with plants we harvest. An optional visit to their retail space at the Railyard Apothecary in Burlington can be done on your own time!