South Hero Land Trust
Join us in August for our Annual Celebration:
Celebrating Tradition, Cultivating Innovation!
Sunday, August 10, 2014
We are teaming up with Vermont Land Trust for our annual celebration of conservation and community!
We are returning to Health Hero Farm to celebrate! In 2012 and 2013 SHLT and VLT purchased, conserved, and sold this 178-acre farm. Through VLT's Farmland Access Program, the land trusts selected new owners to start a vibrant operation on the farm.The farmers (Hannah, Eric, Bob, and Joan) are using sustainable farming techniques to raise organic grass-fed beef in a way that protect water quality and build soil health. They are also running a multi- farm Community Supported Agriculture
program that supports farms across the Islands.
Schedule of Events:
9:00-11:30 Field trips in Grand Isle County and Colchester
11:30-2:00 Music by fiddler Sarah Blair
Family-style picnic lunch catered by Cook Sisters Catering, using local ingredients
SHLT & VLT Business Meetings
Keynote Speaker: Travis Marcotte
Travis Marcotte, Executive Director of the Intervale Center
Travis will explore the intersection of community, land stewardship, and farm viabilty. Where are we headed as an agricultural state adn a conservation community? How can we continue to partner on pivotal projects like Health Hero Farm? Hear how great partners, suppotrive communities, and skilled farmers are essential to this important work.
Travis was born into a fmily of VT farmers. He has worked in agriculture and community economic development in the Northeast, Central America, and the Caribbean, with a focus on improving the sustainability of food systems.
There will be 6 great field trips happening in the morning. The Health Hero Farm farmers will be hosting a walking tour of their farm, Local Motion and VLT as teaming upfor a bike tour that will visit Islandacres Farm and Allenholm Farm in South Hero, there will be a trip to the Goodsell Ridge Preserve in Isle la Motte and the Alburgh Dunes State Park, a forestry tour of the Morgan Forest in Grand Isle, a Pollinators tour of Hackett's Orchard in South Hero, and a tour of Pine Island Farm in Cholchester that is home to an emerging farm enterprise that produces goat meat for new Americans.
To learn more about these field tripvisit www.vlt.org/annual-celebration.
Please register ASAP to get your field trip of choice!
Sign Up Today!
A few registration details:
The cost of attending this great event is $15 per adult, children under 12 are free.
Please visit www.vlt.org/annual-celebration to register, or contact SHLT for a paper form.
A Beautiful Evening in South Hero
A rainbow appeared in the skies over Islandacres Farm after a heavy June rainstorm.
Contribute to the Sawyer Bay Farm Conservation Project!
South Hero Land Trust has worked hard over the last year, along with Vermont Land Trust, to conserve 178 acres of excellent farmland and extensive barns on South Hero’s west shore. We are excited to annouce that we closed on the sale of the farm to Health Hero Farm in late 2013. BUT- we are still working hard to raise the last $210,000 we need to complete the Sawyer Bay Farm Fundraising Campaign, and we'd love to hear from you!
With many acres of prime and statewide agricultural soils, 140 acres of tillable farmland, approximately 35 acres of additional pasture land, and 1,100 feet of frontage on Lake Champlain this farm is an essential agricultural resource for the South Hero community.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to keep this land available to farmers in the present and the future. Our farming community, the food they produce, and the personal connections we have to our land through them, are critical to our way of life in South Hero and Vermont.
We need your support to make it happen!