September 6–8, 2017

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Carbon and the Soil; The Future of the Working Landscape

Hardwick Vermont and the surrounding Northeast Kingdom is home to a network of sustainable food and agriculture entrepreneurs innovating in an age of climate change. Travel through the region to see what can be done locally and nationally to regenerate soils, improve resilience, and sequester carbon while stimulating creative opportunities in the working landscape. 

Carbon and the Soil; The Future of the Working Landscape will be led by Sarah Waring of the Center for an Agricultural Economy, Joshua Faulkner of the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and Jenna Koloski of the Vermont Council on Rural Development.


Center for an Agricultural Economy

Visit the Center for an Agricultural Economy, a non-profit working to build a regenerative, locally based, healthy food system in the greater Hardwick region. Then tour the CAE commercial kitchens where entrepreneurs have started their food businesses.  

Website: hardwickagriculture.org
Speakers: Sarah Waring, Center for an Agricultural Economy; Joshua Faulkner, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture


Pete’s Greens  

Discuss farming in an age of climate change at Pete’s Greens, an organic, four season vegetable farm.

Website: petesgreens.com
Speakers: Pete Johnson, Pete’s Greens


Sterling College

Visit the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems at Sterling College for lunch and to learn how the college is cultivating the next generation of environmental stewards.
 
Website: sterlingcollege.edu
Speaker: Matthew Derr, President of Sterling College


Black Dirt Farm

Tour Black Dirt Farm, a full-cycle family farm in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom managed regeneratively to support its long-term productivity and ecology. 

Website: blackfirtfarm.com
Speaker: Tom Gilbert, Black Dirt Farm
 


Snug Valley Farm

Visit a family-owned grass-fed Holstein beef and pork operation in East Hardwick, VT and learn about their commitment to humane practices, local business, and stewardship of the land.

Website: snugvalleyfarm.com
Speakers: Nancy and Ben Notterman, Snug Valley Farm