Spring and summer events at the Center for an Agricultural Economy

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Posted: May 6, 2015

by Bethany M. Dunbar, Community Projects Coordinator

The weather has finally lifted, and we are enjoying some warmth and sun. Here at the Center for an Agricultural Economy that means lots of activity. We have some great events all planned for the summer, with more in the works. Here’s what we have for sure right now:

  • May 21 and 22 Hardwick Elementary School is putting on its spring dance and art festival. On Thursday from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. the kindergarten through grade three students will perform, and on Friday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. to students in grades four through six will dance. Meanwhile we hope you will wander through the hallways to see the students’ efforts making posters on the theme of “What is Sustainability?”  We worked on these posters with art teacher Beth LeCours. The youngest students were challenged to think of ways to sustain their own bodies. Grades three and four made posters about sustaining their community, while grades five and six made posters on the theme of how to make their planet more sustainable. Great work!
  • May 21: Green Mountain Technology and Career Center will put on its high school forestry competition at Atkins Field on Granite Street
  • May 21: Small business workshop on digital marketing 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public, register at vtsbdc.org on the training page.
  • May 22: The Hardwick Farmers Market opens for the season. Live music, lots of vendors, great fun and food. Every Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. at Atkins Field on Granite Street.
  • May 23: Springfest parade, Kiwanis chicken barbecue, foot race, and more. As of this writing there is still room in the CAE Sustainability Tent for local food vendors, nonprofit organizations, renewable energy providers and others who promote sustainability within our community. Deadline is May 18, contact me if you want a spot: bethany@hardwickagriculture.org Our partners at Suncommon are bringing a solar-powered bouncy house!
  • May 26: Daylong ServeSafe managers’ certification class, $130 includes your test at the end of the day and a book with all the content covered in the class for future reference. Register ahead of time by contacting either Daniel Keeney or Connor Gorham at CAE: daniel@hardwickagriculture.org or connor@hardwickagriculture.org Or call (802) 472-5362.
  • June 4: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Small Business workshop on human resource management. This workshop will help you identify your personnel needs and develop job descriptions. Free and open to the public but please register at vtsbdc.org on the training page.
  • June 6: Grow Your Own will host a barbecue block party with live music at Atkins Field. Potluck, please RSVP to Hardwick Area Food Pantry coordinator Ruby Dale-Brown at (802) 472-5940. Grow Your Own is a project of the CAE, food pantry, and NEK Kids on the Move.
  • July 11: Grow Your Own gathering on the topic of home composting at Atkins Field led by Tom Gilbert of Black Dirt Farm. 11:30 to 1:30 RSVP to Hardwick Area Food Pantry coordinator Ruby Dale-Brown at (802) 472-5940.
  • August 1: Grow Your Own gathering on the topic of pickle and jam making at CAE, 11:30 to 1:30.RSVP to Hardwick Area Food Pantry coordinator Ruby Dale-Brown at (802) 472-5940.
  • August 14, 15, and 16: Kingdom Farm and Food Days. Stay tuned for details, but one new event will be a draft animal demonstration at Atkins Field on Sunday morning, August 16.

Stay tuned! We are percolating on more summer events and look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

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