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Gallery at the Garden presents Pastel Visions

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Featured Slider, Whats New | Comments Off on Gallery at the Garden presents Pastel Visions

Gallery at the Garden presents Pastel Visions

During September, our Gallery at The Garden presents Pastel Visions, an exhibit of works by Southern Vermont Pastel Artists — Maggie F. Smith, Carol Stephens, Deedee Jones and Pat McPike. All four are local artists who have worked, painted, and enjoyed art together. Meanwhile the rear gallery continues to show the exhibit Windham Grows, which consists of photographic works by John Nopper and Jeffrey Lewis, depicting past winners of the Windham Regional Business Planning Competition, along with interviews with the subjects by Elizabeth Stoumen. The Gallery will be open during Gallery Walk (Friday, September 4, 5:30-8:30 p.m.). Normal summer hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (except during special events at the River Garden). The Gallery is located at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main Street, Brattleboro VT. About the Southern Vermont Pastel Artists: Maggie F. Smith teaches French at the School for International Training Graduate Institute in Brattleboro. She has taught French and music in southern Vermont for over 25 years. She began studying watercolor painting with Karen Becker, switching to pastels after attending a workshop with Robert Carsten. She has taken numerous workshops with him and other New England pastelists . She has also taken several art courses at CCV and the River Gallery School. She has participated in several pastel art exhibits. She is a member of the Vermont Pastel Society, the Southern Vermont Pastel Artists, the Pastel Society of New Hampshire, the Southern Vermont Arts Center and the Monadnock Area Artists Association. She can be reached at mffsmith@gmail.com. Carol Stephens has been involved in the arts throughout her career. She graduated from the Arts College of Syracuse University, and studied further at Pratt Institute and NYU while working for Norcross Greeting cards and then as Assistant Art Director for William Morrow book publishers in NYC where she also illustrated and designed jackets. After retirement she returned to her first love, painting. She has successfully shown her works in oil, pastel and acrylic paintings throughout Southern Vermont in both solo and group shows. She is a member of the Vermont Pastel Society, the Southern Vermont Pastel Society, the Southern Vermont Arts Center, and the Arts Center of Windham County. She continues her education and experimentation at the River Gallery School in Brattleboro. She can be reached at costeph@svcable.net. Deedee Jones has been involved in artistic endeavors for as long as she can remember. After her children were mostly grown, she began taking classes at the River Gallery School in Brattleboro where she quickly fell in love with pastels. She has almost exclusively painted in pastels for the past 11-12 years with a few diversions in watercolor. Pastel offers the perfect medium to achieve the rich color and excitement that she wishes to achieve in her landscape paintings. Contact Deedee by email at ddgjonesvt@gmail.com. Many years ago Pat McPike inherited her love of art from her mother who gave her drawing lessons at the kitchen table. To this day it is creating art that provides joy, comfort, inspiration and magic in her life. Although she has worked in watercolors, oils and acrylics, currently pastels are her favorite medium, presenting the vast possibilities of pastel painting, including rich, pure, vibrant colors and many creative techniques. Pat is particularly passionate about trying to evoke emotion through her art....

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Gang of motorcycling business investors and advisors to invade Brattleboro, hear funding pitches

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Whats New | Comments Off on Gang of motorcycling business investors and advisors to invade Brattleboro, hear funding pitches

Gang of motorcycling business investors and advisors to invade Brattleboro, hear funding pitches

Six Windham County startup businesses will pitch their ideas to a “gang” of motorcycling investors, entrepreneurs and advisors who are stopping in Brattleboro on Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 10 a.m. The event, which will take place at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden (157 Main Street, Brattleboro), is part of the second annual FreshTracks Road Pitch, a four-day motorcycle tour, in which the riders make stops in eight Vermont towns to listen to entrepreneurs pitching their business concepts. The hosts of the Brattleboro stop are Strolling of the Heifers and Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, with sponsorship support from Marlboro College Graduate School. The pitch portion of the event, from 10 a.m. until about noon, is open to the public. Besides Brattleboro, the Road Pitch tour will be stopping in Essex Junction, Bennington, Rutland, Randolph, Lowell, Morrisville and Grand Isle. A total of about 45 entrepreneurs are expected to pitch during the tour. At each stop, the riders listen to the pitches, ask questions, provide advice, and connect the entrepreneurs with resources where appropriate. And potentially, they may invest in a business opportunity they like. Of the six presenting businesses, four were selected from among the winners of the Windham Regional Business Planning Competition held by the Stroll and BDCC, which awarded $64,000 in prizes to 20 finalists in June. “This is a wonder followup to the business planning competition,” said Orly Munzing, the Stroll’s founder and executive director. “We’re hoping that this will open doors for the presenters and bring them successful growth.” “The ride promotes Vermont as a terrific place to do business and as a perfect motorcycling destination with lots of scenic twisting roads, picturesque small towns, and plenty of locally sourced food and beverage,” said Cairn Cross, co-founder of FreshTracks Capital. Cross founded the Road Pitch in 2014. “I gathered together close to 30 other founding riders that year, and we proved the Road Pitch concept by riding 500 miles through Vermont, stopping in various towns and listening to more than 30 pitches.” At each stop, the riders will be awarding a “Riders’ Choice Prize” consisting of $450 cash plus a special “Biker Bear” contributed by the Vermont Teddy Bear Company. The cash prize is made possible by support from the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Gallagher, Flynn & Co., and Key Bank, lead sponsors of the Road Pitch. The six presenting companies include VT Dinners, L3C, of Guilford, which makes chef-prepared meals with healthy local ingredients, which are sold frozen, ready to be thawed out and quickly reheated. The business model aims to deliver local food year round, with restaurant quality but at supermarket prices. New Forest, LLC, of Brattleboro, is a supplier of certified 100 percent organic ingredients to the spice and tea industry, working with small farmer groups in Central America, Mexico and Indonesia to bring high-quality ingredients to the international market. It specializes in supply-chain integrity in their products from producer to buyer. Wheel Pad, of Wilmington, is an eco-friendly, free-standing bedroom and bathroom structure for newly wheelchair-bound people that can attach to an existing home. The company’s goal is to provide a universally accessible sleeping and bath area at a low cost. The space includes a sleeping area, sitting area, and bathroom. Pre-built, Wheel Pad is delivered then attached...

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2015 Strolling of the Heifers Parade video by BCTV

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Video, Whats New | Comments Off on 2015 Strolling of the Heifers Parade video by BCTV

2015 Strolling of the Heifers Parade video by BCTV

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2015 Business Planning Competition Winners

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Whats New | Comments Off on 2015 Business Planning Competition Winners

2015 Business Planning Competition Winners

Awards were announced in the 2015 Windham Regional Business Planning Competition, on June 24, 2015 at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden in Brattleboro. The competition was a collaboration of Strolling of the Heifers and the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation. A total of $64,000 in prize funds were given out: $10,000 to each of four first-place category winners, $3,000 each to the four second-place category winners, and $1,000 each to the 12 runners-up. Funding for the competitition came from a grant from the Windham County Economic Development program (the “Vermont Yankee settlement” fund), the Vermont Community Foundation and the Windham Foundation. Here are the winners and runners-up, listed by category: Farm-Food Division — New Businesses FIRST PLACE Riversong Farm, South Newfane Owners: Juliette Carr, Henry Carr      A new, small, diversified farmstead in Newfane, offering pastured heritage pork, fine charcuterie and breeding stock. Sustainability, land conservation and community education are central to their vision.   SECOND PLACE West B Social, West Brattleboro Owners: Jennifer Betit-Engel, Christian Engel West B Social aims to bring more life into West Brattleboro by opening a coffee and craft beer haven. They will offer coffees from around the world, sandwiches and baked goods, hot pretzels, craft beer for carry out and 33 beers on tap for growler fills, good vibes served daily.   RUNNER UP VT Dinners, L3C, Guilford            Owners: Nathaniel Brooks, Hans Estrin VT Dinners makes chef-prepared meals made with healthy local ingredients, which are sold frozen, ready to be thawed out and quickly and conveniently reheated. Their goals are: Local food year round. Restaurant quality at supermarket prices. The convenience of online ordering and a home delivery option. Good food with less work.   RUNNER-UP Livewater Dairy, Putney    Owner: Taylor Acquaviva Livewater Dairy will be a farmstead dairy processing venture on Taylor Acquaviva’s family’s dairy farm, Livewater Farm in Westminster-West. They are starting by producing primarily grass fed butter and fresh mozzarella along with value added variations of these products to be sold at local farmers markets, coops and an on site farmstand.   RUNNER-UP Tavernier Chocolates, Brattleboro Owners: Dar Tavernier-Singer, John Singer  Tavernier Chocolates is a new small batch, handcrafted chocolate company with an emphasis on fresh seasonal, local ingredients, and the finest single origin Hawaiian, Central & South American sourced chocolate, with a strong focus on the three P’s (people, planet & profit). Farm-Food Division — Existing Businesses FIRST PLACE The Bunker Farm, Dummerston Owners: Noah Hoskins, Helen O’Donnell, Jen O’Donnell and Mike Euphrat The Bunker Farm is a diversified family-run farm in Dummerston, producing and selling pasture-raised poultry, beef, lamb and pork directly to restaurants, and to families and individuals through a 12-month CSA. They also produce and sell maple syrup, winter greens, strawberries, asparagus, and heirloom and beefsteak tomatoes, they operate a plant nursery and offer educational opportunities to local schools and community groups.   SECOND PLACE OWL Food, LLC, Brattleboro Owner: Allison Wright            OWL Food produces gluten-free, dairy free, non GMO energy bars handcrafted in Brattleboro.   RUNNER-UP True North Granola, LLC, Brattleboro   Owners: Ingrid Chrisco, Franklin Chrisco True North Granola is a specialty food business that is creating granola, trail mixes, muesli and granola chocolate chip cookie mix, and is working to build a broader regional presence.   RUNNER-UP Finallie Ferments, West Townshend     Owners: Brittany Frost, Allison Dercoli...

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Check Out Related Events During Stroll Weekend!

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Whats New | Comments Off on Check Out Related Events During Stroll Weekend!

Check Out Related Events During Stroll Weekend!

Friday, June 5: Gallery Walk at Hermit Thrush Brewery Hermit Thrush Brewery will feature cheese pairings for a few of their beers courtesy of Grafton Village Cheese, and also serve pints at the brewery for the first time! Come enjoy the Caitlin Stearns gallery opening, with cheese and beer in hand. Pints start at 5:30pm. Saturday, June 6: Pint night at Hermit Thrush Brewery Come on in to the brewery Saturday night for full pours of any of our beers along with tasty snacks from a local food truck. The beer starts flowing at 4pm. You asked for it, so it’s about time Hermit Thrush Brewery give it a try! Be sure to check out Hermit Thrush Brewery’s Website and Facebook for more...

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Bernie’s coming!

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in Whats New | Comments Off on Bernie’s coming!

Bernie’s coming!

We’re proud to announce that U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders will march in the Strolling of the Heifers Parade, downtown Brattleboro VT, on Saturday, June 6 — the parade starts at 10 a.m. sharp, up Main Street. After the Parade, he will speak briefly at the Gazebo on the Brattleboro town Common, about 11:15 a.m. Sen. Sanders has been a great friend of the Stroll since the very first parade in 2002, when he was still a Congressman. Here are some photos of Sen. Sanders at previous...

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How about some Human Foosball?

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Whats New | Comments Off on How about some Human Foosball?

How about some Human Foosball?

We’re planning a human foosball tourney — why not enter your team? You can play chess with human chess pieces, on a very large board. But the players don’t get much exercise, since it’s a pretty slow game. Not so with human foosball. Strolling of the Heifers is looking for teams of 6 players each to compete in its first-ever human foosball tournament. Excitement and action is guaranteed. The tournament will take place on the Retreat ground during the Slow Living Expo on Saturday, June 6, following the Strolling of the Heifers Parade. Human Foosball is played in an area enclosed by a fence (like a hockey rink, but smaller). Players must keep their hands on a tube that can slide from right to left like the ranks on a foosball table, and kick the ball, as in soccer, toward the goal. (A YouTube search on “human foosball” will find you several explanatory videos!) No experience is necessary, says Beth Kiendl, organizer of the games. Players should be high school age or older. Kiendl suggests participation by youth sports teams, company teams, non-profit teams, church groups, fraternal organizations, or just groups of friends. Games will be 10 minutes long and arranged round-robin style, with each team playing at least two games. No special equipment is required. There are no substitutions during the games, but teams may change players between games. There will be “heifer-related” prizes for the winning teams. A donation of $50 per team is suggested, but not required. All funds raised benefit the Stroll’s programs to connect people with healthy local food and to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in the farm and food sectors. To sign up your team, contact Beth Kiendl: bkiendl@sover.net or 802-254-4270. She will need the name of your team (make it farm-related), and the team leader’s name and contact...

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Bounty of the Northeast

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Whats New | Comments Off on Bounty of the Northeast

Bounty of the Northeast

Gallery at the Garden 157 Main Street, Brattleboro In conjunction with Strolling of the Heifers weekend, we proudly present the exhibit Bounty of the Northeast, starting during our Street Festival (Friday, June 5, 5:30-8:30 p.m.) at the River Garden. The Gallery’s normal hours will be Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (except during special events at the River Garden). Open Sundays by chance. At the end of June, Bounty of the Northeast will move to the halls of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. On June 24, the Gallery will also welcome a new display featuring photographic works by John Nopper and Jeffrey Lewis. Bounty of the Northeast features five contemporary artists — curator Deborah Lazar plus four friends — showing paintings in oil, pastel and watercolor. All are living in the Northeast and paint in an impressionist realist style. Here’s Lazar’s introduction to the exhibit: I grew up with Cris Kossow, we were friends in elementary school. We spent many an afternoon in her room drawing and reading True Confessions. We both became graphic designers and over the decades we kept in touch, and as we aged into our 6th decade we both took up fine art professionally. She works in pastel and I work in oil. Catherine Nunn and Linn Bower I met while taking painting workshops at Village Arts of Putney. Both turned out to be great friends and painting buddies. Karen Becker and I painted Plein Air for many summers in the 80s before I had to put down my paints and focus on being a Mom and homemaker. I have fond memories of Karen and I painting our “swimming hole” series. We would show up at the destination with delicious snacks and eat and paint all day. We thought we had the best job in the world. New Englanders live in one of the most beautiful places in the country. When I think about the bounty of the Northeast as a painter, what resonates with me is the quality of the Air. How lucky are we to live in a place that has such beautiful clean Air? Go for a walk in the woods and you’ll see what I mean. We are also blessed to have the most abundant supply of spring fed Water. Everything grows because of Air and Water, and, of course sunlight too. The light in New England comes in many varying types. These artists are keenly aware of the temperature of the light they are painting. We are also lucky to live in a place with a lot of undeveloped land. Woods are in quite an abundance in these parts. I feel a strong connection to the trees on the land here. I love how you can look at practically any woodland scene and see harmony. All the trees live in harmony with the ground cover, everywhere you look it is in perfect balance, entropy, order to disorder in an isolated system.* Did you know that there is an all but invisible network of fungus that lives underground and keeps the forests healthy and alive? We are all here, in this venue, and at this celebration of farming because of the Farms. Farming’s popularity was fading over the last decade until we woke up and realized what great opportunities we were missing, and thus the word...

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Walk for Amber StorySlam, May 16

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in Whats New | Comments Off on Walk for Amber StorySlam, May 16

Walk for Amber StorySlam, May 16

We are excited to invite the community to an evening of memorable, heartfelt, personal, funny and entertaining stories at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden on Saturday, May 16. Doors will open at 6:30PM and stories will be told from 7:00PM – 9:00PM. Admission is $10, cash only. The event will be hosted by Hillary Boone, a member of the Vermont Comedy Divas, who returns to the Robert H. Gibson River Garden for a third time! Hillary is a Vermont based stand up comedian and storyteller. She has told stories at the Moth storySLAM and performed stand up comedy across Vermont and New England. Hillary’s comedy has been described as quirky, likeable, smart, and even “simply delightful.” She is the newest member of the Vermont Comedy Divas and Divas Do Good, the country’s only all female touring stand up comedy troupe. The format of the StorySlam comes from the tradition of the Poetry Slam and has been popularized by the NPR show The Moth as well as MassMouth and other amateur storytelling events. A StorySlam is a competitive storytelling event in which interested storytellers put their names in a hat and hope to be picked to tell a 5 minute true story related to the theme for the evening. The Walk for Amber StorySlam theme is Remembering. The stories will be judged by a volunteer panel of six judges in 3 teams related to the quality of the story and whether it illustrated the theme in a meaningful way.  The theme of Remembering was selected in part to be accessible to a wide variety of storytellers and to convey the overarching purpose of the scholarship fund as a memorial. The concept of Remembering, an adverb, allows one to consider both the process of recalling as well as the subject that is being remembered. We hope this theme will invite a wide variety of interesting and fun personal stories. If you would like to tell a story, the rules of StorySlam include: Stories must be original and preferably based on one’s own experience. Notes and props are not allowed. Five minute time limit with a 1 minute grace period but points will be lost if the story significantly exceeds 5 minutes. Judges selected prior to the event will rate each story on a 1 to 10 scale based on the content, presentation and whether or not the story is reflective of the theme. Winner(s) will receive a prize to be determined.   The Walk for Amber is an annual series of fundraising events including the Walk for Amber walkathon, raffle and dinner in support of the Amber Bernier Scholarship. This is the tenth anniversary of the Walk for Amber fundraiser. All proceeds from these events go into a scholarship fund. Annually the scholarship committee reviews applications and Amber’s parents personally interview all applicants who are generally but not exclusively BUHS graduating students. Scholarships have been given to graduates of Leland and Gray, Austine School and Hinsdale High School. To date, 25 scholarship recipients have been awarded over $16,000 to pursue post-secondary educational and training opportunities. The first Amber awards went to students following the same path as Amber was on, fashion design and cosmetology. Over the years, based on Amber’s interest in the underserved and less recognized vocations, the scholarship committee has selected recipients...

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Two exhibits bloom at River Garden in May

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Whats New | Comments Off on Two exhibits bloom at River Garden in May

Two exhibits bloom at River Garden in May

During May, the Gallery at the Garden will host two new shows: In the front gallery: Food from the Garden and Beyond — sketches, paintings and prints of Vermont vegetables and wild mushrooms, created by Susanna Grannis, Trudi Crites, and Clare Adams In the rear gallery: Creative Visions: poetry, art and beautiful handmade books by young people from The Poetry Studio in Marlboro, Vermont Founded by poet-teacher Ann Gengarelly in 1995, The Poetry Studio offers classes to students ranging in age from six to seventeen.  In a nurturing environment students are invited to slow down and pay attention, whether it is writing a poem or creating a piece of art.  This exhibit honors the extraordinary voices and visual expression that have unfolded at the Studio over the past two years. The Gallery at the Garden is at the Stroll’s headquarters, Robert H. Gibson River Garden, at 157 Main Street, Brattleboro. During Gallery Walk, on Friday, May 1 (5:30-8-30 p.m.), The River Garden will host Diversity Day (presented by the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union), but the art may be viewed by visitors. Normal hours for the Gallery are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Starting May 9, the Gallery will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4...

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Slow Medicine discussion at the River Garden

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Whats New | Comments Off on Slow Medicine discussion at the River Garden

Slow Medicine discussion at the River Garden

Thursday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m. Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main Street, Brattleboro VT Michael Finkelstein, MD, also known as the “Slow Medicine Doctor,” will present his approach to healthy living at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden in downtown Brattleboro on Thursday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m. The session, entitled “Slow Living is Healthy Living,” is sponsored by Strolling of the Heifers. Finkelstein will be joined by Orly Munzing, founder and executive director of Strolling of the Heifers, and Linda McInerney, founder and artistic director of Old Deerfield Productions. Finkelstein teaches that most health challenges are the result of an imbalance in our bodies and lives, and that most quick-fix solutions actually exacerbate these imbalances. To achieve and sustain optimal health, he says, we need a perspective that goes beyond the obvious symptoms. That’s because everything is inter-dependent – muscles and nerves, bodies and minds, people and planet – and each connecting thread has a domino effect on the other. “We all have the capacity to understand the interconnected web of our health,” Finkelstein says, “and to channel the domino effect in a positive direction. This individualized process requires exploration and experimentation – which take time and require patience and perseverance, but ultimately allow us to cultivate lasting wellness.” Following the presentation, discussion and question-and-answer period, Finkelstein will sign copies of his book, Slow Medicine: Hope and Healing for Chronic Illness. The event is free and open to the public. Finkelstein will return to Brattleboro in June as a keynote speaker at the Slow Living Summit, June 3-5. On the web: www.slowmedicinedoctor.com, www.slowlivingsummit.org *** About Michael Finkelstein, MD Michael Finkelstein, MD, FACP, ABIHM, The Slow Medicine Doctor, has been featured in top media outlets including The New York Times, CNN, and Real Simple;has presented at leading national and local venues including GE Corporation, 92nd Street Y, and Omega Institute; and blogs on the topic of Slow Medicine forThe Huffington Post. Dr. Finkelstein was trained at premier institutes for both conventional and integrative medicine – including The University of Pennsylvania, where he received both his Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Medical Degree (MD) and where he was awarded the honors of Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, and Dean’s List; and The University of Arizona College of Medicine, where Dr. Finkelstein completed an Associate Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, studying directly with integrative medicine pioneer Andrew Weil, MD.   Certified in both Internal Medicine and Integrative-Holistic Medicine, Dr. Finkelstein is the recipient of numerous distinctions, including Fellow of the American College of Physicians; The John O. Vieta, M.D. Award for Academic Excellence and Personal Achievement; and “Attending of the Year, “an honor he received two years in a row. Over the past three decades, Dr. Finkelstein has distinguished himself not only as a doctor in private practice but also as the Medical Director of several major hospitals and health institutes, including two Integrative Medicine hospital departments/programs that he founded. Drawing from this diverse medical expertise, Dr. Finkelstein offers both a micro and macro point of view on today’s healthcare needs and challenges, and he provides a tried-and-true solution for healing individual patients and the medical system as a whole: Slow Medicine.   About Orly Munzing Orly is the founder and executive director of Strolling of the Heifers. She was named the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce Person of the Year in 2010, and in 2013 she received the Vermont Community Leadership Award...

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Spring CSA, Farming and Gardening Showcase

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in Whats New | Comments Off on Spring CSA, Farming and Gardening Showcase

Spring CSA, Farming and Gardening Showcase

Join us in a celebration of spring and the coming bounty from farms and gardens! Saturday, April 18 10 a.m to 2:30 p.m — CSA, Farming and Gardening Showcase 6:30 p.m to 8:30 pm — Showing of Symphony of the Soil & Panel Discussion Admission to both events is FREE. Get to know your local farmers and check out what they have to offer! CSA sign ups will be available. Come for lunch and enjoy some treats from specialty food vendors!   Evening session panelists include:  Howard Prussack Paul Harlow   Vern Grubinger Showcase Vendors:  Visit Andrzejs Polish Kitchen for lunch! Dwight Miller and Son Orchards Full Plate Farm   Goats Rock Dairy Farm New Leaf CSA Phoenix Farm Sweet Morning Farm Wild Carrot Farm Sugar Bob’s Finest Kind Vermont Victory Greenhouses   Sonia’s Salsa  Hidden Springs Maple King Cow Jerky Photo of Paul Harlow from VT Food...

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Strolling of the Heifers 2015 Locavore Index: Which states are most committed to locally-sourced food?

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in Featured Slider, Whats New | Comments Off on Strolling of the Heifers 2015 Locavore Index: Which states are most committed to locally-sourced food?

Strolling of the Heifers 2015 Locavore Index: Which states are most committed to locally-sourced food?

BRATTLEBORO, VT (April 7, 2015) — According to the 2015 Locavore Index, the four states that do best in consuming locally-produced food are Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire and Oregon, in that order. These four states also topped the 2014 Index, which is compiled annually by Strolling of the Heifers, a Vermont-based local food advocacy group.   “The purpose of the Index is to stimulate efforts across the country to use more local food in homes, restaurants, schools and institutions,”said Orly Munzing, founder and executive director of Strolling of the Heifers. This year’s Index incorporates newly available information from the Census of Agriculture, which included data on the dollar volume of direct-to-the-public food sales by farmers, including sales at farmers markets, community-supported agriculture operations (CSAs), farmstands and online sales. The Census, done every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was conducted in late 2012 but data was not made available until mid-2014. The Index also took into account the number of farmers markets, the number of CSAs, the number of food hubs — all compared on a per-capita basis — and the percentage of each state’s school districts with active Farm-to-School programs. Beyond the top four states, Massachusetts moved into fifth place (from 11th in 2014). Rounding out the top 10 were Wisconsin, Montana, Hawaii, Rhode Island and Connecticut. “Today, less than 2% of our national population makes a living farming — the gap between consumers and the origins of the food they eat has never been more vast,” said Chuck Ross, Vermont Secretary of Agriculture, Food, and Markets.  “Here in Vermont, farmers, consumers, and local food advocates are working, every day, to strengthen the connection between the food we eat and the people who produce it. It’s important work. It creates economic opportunity, preserves our Working Landscape, and provides healthy food for our communities.” “What the Index really reflects is the fact that the various policies at the national and state levels that encourage local food programs are having measurable results,” Munzing said. “At the Federal level, there’s the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food program which helps promote farmers markets and provides grants for farm-to-school and farm-to-institution programs. Many states also have active programs to encourage local food consumption, and Vermont’s Farm-to-Plate network is a national leader in this respect. All these programs are good for farmers, good for consumers, and they help to build stronger communities.” Commenting on the changes to the Index this year, Strolling of the Heifers Marketing Director Martin Langeveld said, “The new direct sales data included in the Index from the Census of Agriculture shows that in states where farms are more diversified — including all the New England states — and where you see fewer large, monocultural commodity-producing farms, the per-capita direct-to-consumer sales levels are higher.” Langeveld added: “Direct sales by farmers to consumers count for 50 percent in the weighting of the Index because it’s a more accurate measurement of the actual volume of local food sales than any of the other metrics we use. We hope that the USDA and state departments of agriculture will continue to expand the measurement of local food sales by farmers, such as sales to food stores and institutions, in order to continue to increase the benefits of local food consumption.” (For the full data set on which the Index is based, download this...

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heART and Soul Exhibit in our gallery

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Whats New | Comments Off on heART and Soul Exhibit in our gallery

heART and Soul Exhibit in our gallery

The Gallery at The Garden Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982, www.strollingoftheheifers.com In April, the Gallery at the Garden hosts the heART and Soul Exhibit, featuring local artwork by Brattleboro Union High School Students. During Gallery Walk (Friday, April 3, 5:30-8:30), light refreshments will be served, high school music groups will perform and many of the artists will be present. All artwork is for sale, with proceeds being divided between the artists and Gary Blomgren Scholarship fund to help other students succeed. The exhibit will remain on view through April, with normal hours Mon.-Fri....

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Stroll internship opportunities

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Whats New | Comments Off on Stroll internship opportunities

Stroll internship opportunities

Strolling of the Heifers offers the following marketing, outreach and event coordination internship opportunities (as of March, 2015)   Start Date: ASAP, as well as ongoing Pay: TBD, based on experience Hours per week: 10-40 Length: 3-12 months Location: Brattleboro, VT Strolling of the Heifers seeks enthusiastic Marketing & Outreach Interns to work with our staff on several signature projects. Position Description:  Our mission is to connect people with healthy local food, encouraging and facilitating innovation and entrepreneurship in the farm/food sector, and supporting the development of stronger local food systems and healthy, sharing, connected and resilient communities. The Marketing and Outreach Intern may work on one or more of the following projects: Volunteer coordination Programming development work for our Farm/Food Innovation Center Slow Living Summit marketing and outreach Strolling of the Heifers Weekend marketing Assistance with Strolling of the Heifers and Farm/Food Innovation Center Fundraising Special event planning and execution Research Top Qualifications for Intern: Self-motivated Detail-oriented Interest in farm-to-table movement Enthusiastic Strong computer skills (experience with Excel and Social Media outlets a plus) Strong interpersonal and communication skills Flexible work-style in fast-paced environment Great sense of humor These internships offer a chance to work with a strong and vibrant locally-grounded non-profit that continues to diversify in its effort to celebrate farmers, strengthen local food systems and encourage consumers to seek out local food. For more information, please contact Orly Munzing, Founder and Executive Director today, at 802-258-7070 or...

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An evening of hilarity with the Vermont Comedy Divas

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Whats New | Comments Off on An evening of hilarity with the Vermont Comedy Divas

An evening of hilarity with the Vermont Comedy Divas

The Vermont Comedy Divas —the only all-female, touring stand-up comedy troupe in the United States — bring their acclaimed brand of stand-up comedy to the River Garden in a fund-raising event for Strolling of the Heifers on Saturday, April 4 at 8 p.m.  All tickets are $15. Buy online at http://vtdivas.brownpapertickets.com/, or at the River Garden (cash only, Mon-Fri 9-5). Age suggestion: 16+ Buy tickets now! Coming? Please invite your Facebook friends! Founded in 2006, this all-female touring group is a staple of the Vermont comedy scene. They have partnered with non-profits on fund-raising efforts across New England under their charity wing, “Divas Do Good”. The featured Divas of the evening will be: Josie Leavitt, founder of the Divas, who got her start in New York City, playing clubs like Caroline’s and Stand-Up New York. Her comedic stories treat very personal, adult themes in an accessible, universal way. Josie has won the Seven Daysies award for best comic in Vermont twice, in 2011 and then again in 2014. In October 2014, Josie won a Burlington, VT Moth Story Slam. As stand-comedy teacher, Josie has taught well over 300 comics in the last ten years and has worked with incarcerated women and men in 2013. Josie also co-owns the Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne, VT and writes the Shelftalker blog for Publishers Weekly. Hillary Boone, who started in a log cabin in the North East Kingdom of Vermont where she spent a childhood waiting to escape. After traveling the country and some of the world, Hillary is back in her home state, making people laugh. She’s opened for comics such as Deanne Smith, Myq Kaplan, and Al Yountz. She once ate dinner with a hungry Sarah Schaeffer who had no where else to go. Sometimes it’s about being in the right place at the right time. Hillary likes to think that she enjoys a sort of “local fame,” consisting primarily of warm fuzzies when other Burlingtonians quizzically ask, “do I know you from somewhere?” or when anyone comments on her cartoon blog. Her comedy has been described as quirky, likeable, queer and smart, and even “simply delightful” by a local comedy critic. She has been i-spied approximately one times. Sue Schmidt, who, after an extensive career as a mental health counselor and a government manager, decided that her experiences working with humans was too good not to share. Sue started her career as a comedian in the fall of 2012 and by the end of 2013, had done sixty shows in 40 venues across the country from Maine to Florida to Anchorage, Alaska. Sue has been featured comedic storyteller at the Boston Women in Comedy Festival the Green Mountain Comedy Festival, Extempo, MassMouth and the Moth. Sue’s newest endeavor “Tell Me Something Good” brings together comedic storytellers for shows that raise funds for family organizations across New England. Tracie Spencer, who performs throughout New England, in numerous comedy venues and benefit shows. Her style combines an easy, measured delivery with a subtly dry wit. She was selected to perform in Boston for the Women in Comedy Festival, was a four-year Higher Ground Comedy Battle finalist, a Funniest Comic in Vermont finalist and was the only female comic selected to compete in the Funniest Comic in New England Semi-Finals. Originally from West...

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Slow Living Summit focuses on farms, food, food systems

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in Featured Slider, Whats New | Comments Off on Slow Living Summit focuses on farms, food, food systems

Slow Living Summit focuses on farms, food, food systems

The fifth annual Strolling of the Heifers Slow Living Summit will take place in Brattleboro, Vermont on June 3-5 and will be focused on farms, food and food systems. Subtitled “Food, Mindfully,” the Summit will explore “the journey of food”, with topics including nourishment and wellness, food entrepreneurship, food systems, food justice and food policy. Info & Registration Shanta L. Evans-Crowley, the conference coordinator, said “the Summit aims to bring together experts, policymakers, entrepreneurs, educators, students, farmers, artists and concerned citizens, in order to foster cross-sector conversations and collaborations.” The Summit offers five major plenary sessions along with more than 25 breakout sessions, including question-and-answer follow-up sessions with plenary speakers. Continuing a practice initiated in 2014, Evans-Crowley is pairing each of the plenary speakers with artists who will present concurrent artistic interpretations of the speaker’s message. Major Summit speakers include: Alisa Gravitz, the CEO of Green America (formerly Co-op America), which develops marketplace solutions to social and environmental problems with a key focus on tackling climate change, building fair trading systems, stopping corporate abuse and growing the green economy.  Gravitz will speak on “Growing the Green Economy.” Dr. Michael Finkelstein, the “Slow Medicine Doctor” — featured in media including The New York Times and CNN; a health blogger for The Huffington Post; presenter at venues ranging from GE Corporation and Omega Institute; and author of Slow Medicine. Finkelstein’s topic is “Food for Mind, Body and Soul” Laura Lengnick, of the Local Food Research Center at the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, Ashville NC. Lengnick, a researcher, policy-maker, educator and farmer, is the lead author of the USDA report Climate Change and U.S. Agriculture: Effects and Adaptation.  She will speak on “Resilient Agriculture.” Vicki Robin, social innovator, writer and speaker, coauthor of the international best-seller, Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship With Money and Achieving Financial Independence. Her new book is, Blessing the Hands that Feed Us; Lessons from a 10-Mile Diet. She was called by the New York Times the “prophet of consumption downsizers.” Allison Hooper, co-founder and CEO, Vermont Creamery. At the helm of the artisan cheese movement in Vermont and as president of the American Cheese Society from 2005 to 2008, Hooper has been a voice for and mentor to U.S. cheesemakers. Author ofIn a Cheesemaker’s Kitchen. She will speak on “Land and Legacy”. Judith D. Schwartz is a journalist and author whose work looks at soil as a hub for multiple environmental, economic and social challenges—and for solutions. Author of Cows Save the Planet. Her Summit topic is “How Changing the Way We Grow Food Can Restore Ecosystems and Reverse Global Warming.” Alex Wilson is the founder of Building Green and the Resilient Design Institute, both based in Brattleboro. RDI works to advance the many facets of resilience at personal, community and regional scales. Wilson will speak on “Resilient Food Systems.” Evans-Crowley announced that support from sponsors and foundations again makes it possible for the Summit to offer stipended rates for people not able to afford the full registration rates. “We encourage everyone to visit the website and explore the program, and if you want to come but can’t afford the full fee, please check out the stipended registration option, which is open to Summiteers with lower incomes, as well as for seniors, farmers and artists.” There is also a discounted student rate. Plenary sessions take place at the Latchis Theatre. Most breakout sessions are taking place...

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Gallery at the Garden presents works by Shawnna O’Connor, Sam Groves

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Whats New | Comments Off on Gallery at the Garden presents works by Shawnna O’Connor, Sam Groves

Gallery at the Garden presents works by Shawnna O’Connor, Sam Groves

Starting Friday, Feb. 6, the Gallery at the Garden features two exhibits: “Touring New England through Oil Paintings” by Shawnna O’Connor, and “Lights, Camera, Action….Motion Pictures,” an exhibit of photographic works by Sam Groves. Both shows will continue through February. O’Connor is mainly a self-taught artist.  She uses oil paints to create bright works illustrating historic sites in New England. She originally focused on smaller canvas depictions of cats.  After the 2011 fire that ravaged the Brooks House apartments where she lived, O’Connor began to paint larger pieces, featuring some of New England’s many historic landmarks. A resident of Brattleboro, O’Connor admires the work of artists Vincent Van Gogh, John Jude Palencar, and Jason Chambers. Groves, also of Brattleboro, will be showing 32 small abstract photos mounted on four separate “bulletin boards.” Groves explains that in his photographic process, “various light sources are used, and the ‘motion’ part means that either the light source, or the camera, or both are moved during the exposure.” All of O’Connor’s works are for sale. The display versions of Groves’s pictures will not be for sale, but he will take orders for copies of any of the photos professionally printed on aluminum plates. The exhibits are open during Gallery Walk, Feb. 6, from 5:30 until 8:30 PM. The River Garden will also present a non-profit organizations showcase that evening. The Gallery is open regularly Mon.-Fri. 9-5, Sat. 11-5, and Sun....

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Strolling of the Heifers Beer, Cider and Cheese Festival

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in Whats New | Comments Off on Strolling of the Heifers Beer, Cider and Cheese Festival

Strolling of the Heifers Beer, Cider and Cheese Festival

Chase the mid-winter blues away — join us at our Beer, Cider and Cheese Festival on Friday, Feb. 13, from 5 to 8 p.m at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main Street, Brattleboro! The event is a fundraiser for Strolling of the Heifers, and takes place in conjunction with the Harris Hill Ski Jump. Featured will be some of Vermont’s best brewers and finest cheesemakers, plus other specialty food producers. Entertainment will be provided by the Franz Roberts Trio. Admission is $20, for adults, 21 or older, only. Each admission provides eight tickets exchangeable for eight, two-ounce tasting samples from participating brewers, as well as free samples from cheesemakers and specialty food vendors. All tickets will be sold at the door, cash only. Additional tickets for beer samples may be purchased. Vendors will be selling brews or food to take home, as well. Visit our Facebook Event invite page and tell us you’re coming! 14th Star Brewery Company Citizen Cider Flag Hill Farm Vermont Hard Cyder Hermit Thrush Brewery McNeill’s Brewery Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery Woodchuck Hard Cider Zero Gravity Craft Brewery Cheese and other specialty food vendors include: Taylor Farm Grafton Village Cheese Cabot Creamery Vermont Creamery Vermont Smoke and Cure Vermont Salumi Ruth’s Mustard Against the Grain  Orchard Hill Breadworks Westminster Crackers Bijou Jewels From the Oven Robb Family Farm Coddle and Cosset Lyman’s Specialties Heritage Grain Conservancy Big Picture Farm  Vermont Quince Company Maple Nut Kitchen Maplebrook Farm  Hickins Mountain Mowings Farm   Also, with Valentine’s Day happening right after, it is a great time to stock up on goodies for your valentine! We hope to see you...

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Our 2015 culinary centerpiece: The Great New England Bread Baking Competition

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in Our Events, Uncategorized, Whats New | Comments Off on Our 2015 culinary centerpiece: The Great New England Bread Baking Competition

Our 2015 culinary centerpiece:  The Great New England Bread Baking Competition

And the winners are: Quick Bread Division First – Lee Duberman for Limerick Soda Bread Second – Chelsea Roy for Sweet Potato Walnut Bread Third – Nancy Cain for Snappy Tom Cheese Bread Honorable Mention – Jackie Durant for Zucchini Bread Yeast Bread Division First – Joyce Silve for Mom’s Sappy Sweet Bread Second – Noah Elbers for New England Harvest Multi-Grain Bread Third – Allen Halpern for Rosemary/Asiago/Black Olive Focaccia Bread Honorable Mention – Mary Loseby for Cinnamon Swirl French Bread Recipes will be posted soon! The competition is over, but below is the entry information we originally posted about it. Our annual culinary competition for 2015 aims to find the tastiest and best-looking loaves of bread in New England! Will you “rise” to the challenge? It’s time for amateur and professional bakers to fire up their ovens and bring us their best, most original yeast bread and quick bread recipes! Celebrity “foodie” judges will select the winner on Friday evening, June 5 at Brattleboro’s River Garden, as part of the 2015 Strolling of the Heifers Weekend, and we expect Governor Peter Shumlin to be on hand to crown the champions. Both amateur and professional bakers are encouraged to enter. Prizes will be awarded in two categories: Yeast Breads and Quick Breads (made without yeast). New England-sourced cheese, maple syrup, and dairy products are encouraged, and ingredients should be organic to the extent possible. Use of locally sourced ingredients (especially those of our sponsors listed below!) is encouraged. Entries must be submitted via our online entry form, which appears on this page. For those without computer access, entries may be mailed to 105 Partridge Rd., E. Dummerston, VT 05346. All entries must be received no later than midnight, Friday, May 22. A contestant can enter either category, or both, but only one entry per category per person. Each entry must contain the complete recipe, in standard recipe format — title, exact ingredients and step-by-step cooking instructions. Based on the recipes, up to 10 finalists will be selected in each category. Finalists will be notified by May 29. Each finalist who receives notification will be asked to bring two large or four small loaves of their entry to the River Garden by 5 p.m., Friday, June 5 for judging. Entries should be freshly baked, unsliced, and ready to be tasted. After judging, the public will be given the opportunity to taste the entries, and winners will be announced later that evening. Contest entry form: Sorry, the deadline to enter has passed. Please be sure to press the Submit button! You will be taken to a confirmation page and will receive a confirmation email. If you are returned to this page, it means you have not answered a required field, which will be highlighted in red. . Prizes will be awarded as follows: In each division (Yeast breads and Quick breads): First prize — $150 to spend at King Arthur, plus King Arthur Flour gift basket Second prize — $75 to spend at King Arthur Flour, plus a gift basket from Grafton Village Cheese Company Third prize — $25 gift certificate to King Arthur Flour, plus a gift basket from Cabot Creamery Honorable mention — A gift basket from Green Mountain Flour Rules for the Great New England Bread Baking Competition: 1. Categories: There are two categories, both of which...

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New England Through the Eyes of an Artist

Posted by on Dec 29, 2014 in Whats New | Comments Off on New England Through the Eyes of an Artist

New England Through the Eyes of an Artist

During January, the Gallery at the Garden features an exhibit entitled “New England Through the Eyes of an Artist,” presenting original watercolor paintings by Jane May Jones, with subjects ranging from fall in Vermont to summer on Cape Cod and everything in between. The Gallery at the Garden is located at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, home of Strolling of the Heifers, at 157 Main Street in Brattleboro. The show opens Friday evening, Jan. 2, with the gallery open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and continues through January 30. Jones, whose home is in Readsboro, nearly always has a camera at her side on her daily travels, and looks for scenes that reflect a natural beauty of composition as well as feelings of peace and serenity. She then transposes those scenes into her watercolor paintings. “The combination of architectural and garden elements delights my senses and those studying my work,” Jones says. “These elements are bought to the forefront with the combination of muted grays and browns of the older houses, which I am often drawn to, and I then liven them up with a punch of color in a flower box or rambling rose. Gardening has been a part of Jones’s life since she was a small girl in England. She also takes delight in decorating her home, and has used both her gardening and decorating skills professionally. These two talents are married together in her paintings and form the basis of most of her subject matter. Her work focuses on interesting doorways and other architectural elements of homes and business, as well as the scenic beauty of Vermont and other areas of New England. Nearly all of her paintings also include some kind of flora and even some fauna. All of the works at the River Garden will be original watercolors, and all are for sale. Jones also offers cards and calendars at her website, www.janemayjones.com. The exhibit will be open on Friday evening, Jan. 2, from 5:30 until 8:30 PM. The Gallery is open otherwise Mon.-Fri. 9-5, Sat. 11-5, Sun. 1:30-3:30. Join Jane for a discussion and slide show of her photographic inspiration and watercolors, at the River Garden’s Brown Bag Lunch at noon on Fri., Jan. 30. On the web:...

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Brattleboro-West Arts offers “Harmony: Health” art exhibit at BMH

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Whats New | Comments Off on Brattleboro-West Arts offers “Harmony: Health” art exhibit at BMH

Brattleboro-West Arts offers “Harmony: Health” art exhibit at BMH

Brattleboro-West Arts members are collaborating with Strolling of the Heifers to present an art exhibit entitled “Harmony: Health” in the hallways of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, beginning on Friday, December 5. Expanding on the agricultural themes featured in two shows presented by the organizations last summer, the artwork will explore pathways to better health including spiritual pursuit, engagement with the natural world, and through local agriculture. All of the works are for sale, and proceeds will benefit Strolling of the Heifers as well as the artists. New artists from BWA are included, and the artworks range from the representational to the abstract, from farms depicted in clay and barn boards to fabric pieces inspired by a local labyrinth and microscopic photography of the human body. “Harmony: Health” will hang in the corridor connecting the main entrance of the hospital with the Richards Building through the spring. It offers a chance to contemplate health from the varied perspectives and through the multiple media of Brattleboro-West artists. Participating artists include Jackie Abrams, Maisie Crowther, Karen Kamenetzky, Ron Karpius, Naomi Lindenfeld, Steve Lloyd, Kris McDermet, Sharon Myers, Gene Parulis, Janet Picard, and Walter Slowinski. The artists hope their work will inspire dialogue among patients, staff and visitors and contribute to the caring atmosphere at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. On the web:...

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Our annual appeal: The heifers can’t stroll without you!

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Whats New | Comments Off on Our annual appeal: The heifers can’t stroll without you!

Our annual appeal: The heifers can’t stroll without you!

As 2014 draws to a close, we urge you to join us as financial supporters of an exciting new Strolling of the Heifers effort: The Robert H. Gibson River Garden is our new home in the heart of downtown Brattleboro. Its 4500-square foot main floor is a community center, hosting meetings, concerts, parties and other events, as well as our Gallery at the Garden with monthly art exhibits, and our weekday noon Brown Bag Lunch performance and lecture series. Soon, the River Garden will also be the home of our Farm/Food Innovation Center, with exciting new events and programs at the River Garden that build on the Stroll’s focus areas of local food, food systems and healthy, sustainable living. The Farm/Food Innovation Center at the River Garden: Connecting our region’s farms, food systems and food consumers An economic engine: The Farm/Food Innovation Center’s vision is to: Energize the regional farm/food economy Create jobs and new entrepreneurial opportunities Build on the Vermont brand Attract entrepreneurs and business capital to our region Rebuild Brattleboro’s role as a farm/food sector hub A place of discovery: A place to learn about Vermont’s agricultural strengths An educational laboratory, training and teaching both children and adults A place to discover new local foods and tastes A key resource for growing farm and food businesses: Our annual Farm/Food Business Planning Competition, encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship at farm and food enterprises. An exciting incubation space where startup businesses can work, collaborate and experiment as they build their business models Your generous financial support will help us realize this vision and will help energize the regional farm and food economy! Your annual support also helps make possible our signature events in June, which bring many thousands of people to Brattleboro and attract the sponsorship support that enables us to carry out our year round programs. We’re already making plans for: Strolling of the Heifers Weekend, with its Friday Street Festival, Saturday Parade and Expo, and Sunday Tour de Heifer (June 5-7) Our annual Slow Living Summit, which gathers people from many sectors for a sharing and exploration of new approaches to healthy, sustainable living, and resilient, connected, vibrant communities. (June 3-5) The Strolling of the Heifers Locavore Index, which rates all 50 states on their commitment to healthy local food, stimulating discussion around the country on how to encourage more locavore consumerism. (Early April) Our Farm/Food Business Planning Competition, helping a young, entrepreneurial generation of farmers and food producers to forge a future in Vermont. (January through May) We are lucky to have a great group of volunteers, a most generous set of business and institutional sponsors, and many donations of in-kind goods and services. But, in order for us to develop the Farm/Food Innovation Center and to present this annual cycle of programs and events, your gifts to our annual fund are critical as well. Please be a part of our future, by making a generous year-end contribution to help us carry out our mission of supporting farmers by connecting people with healthy local food! How you can help: We can’t do it without you! Your gift will help us realize this exciting vision for the River Garden. Please support us with a generous tax-deductible contribution! Please use the donation link on this page to give via credit card, or...

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American Bus Association names Stroll Weekend one of North America’s 100 best events for 2015

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Whats New | Comments Off on American Bus Association names Stroll Weekend one of North America’s 100 best events for 2015

American Bus Association names Stroll Weekend one of North America’s 100 best events for 2015

The American Bus Association has named Brattleboro’s Strolling of the Heifers Weekend (June 5-7) as one of its Top 100 Events in North America for 2015. Inclusion in the Top 100 list indicates that Stroll Weekend offers “excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world,” according to ABA. Held annually since 2002, Strolling of the Heifers Weekend is built around an agriculturally-themed parade on Brattleboro’s historic Main Street, which is headed by 100 or more well-groomed and well-dressed heifer calves from regional farms, led by farmers and 4-H club members. The parade also includes other animals, bands, tractors, floats and marching units representing community organizations, schools and businesses. When it’s over the crowd follows the parade to the all-day, 11-acre Slow Living Expo on the Brattleboro town common and the Brattleboro Retreat grounds for music, food and fun. Stroll Weekend also includes a Friday evening downtown street festival, the Sunday Tour de Heifer, a set of farm-to-farm dirt-road cycling rides, a Farm Tour and a Farmers Breakfast. The weekend’s events attract up to 50,000 visitors. “We’re thrilled to receive this honor,” said Stroll founder and executive director Orly Munzing. “We expect it will bring a whole new contingent of visitors — bus tour travellers — to the Stroll and to Brattleboro, and we look forward to having them here. With the release of the American Bus Association’s 2015 Top 100 Events in North America, ABA celebrates 33 years of the program. What began as a way for motorcoach operators to incorporate new product into their itineraries has grown to one of the most sought-after lists by travel professionals, motorcoach operators and the general public. “The attractiveness of Stroll Weekend as a don’t-miss entertainment value is only part of why its selection this year is such a distinction for Strolling of the Heifers,” said Peter J. Pantuso, ABA’s president and CEO. “The real news here is that Stroll Weekend has been recognized as a potential magnet for tourism dollars, at a time when reenergizing domestic tourism is so important to our spirit and our economy. The honor gives the entire Brattleboro area an important boost in visibility among professional tour planners.” According to studies completed by researchers at Dunham and Associates, one overnight visit by a motorcoach group can leave up to $25,000 in a local destination’s economy. Those dollars are spent on lodging, meals, admissions, fees, shopping, souvenirs, services and local taxes. “Tour groups spend more and stay longer,” Pantuso said. “That’s why Strolling of the Heifers is truly a local economic asset. There is no better way to jump-start tourism than to attract motorcoach groups to a great event and convince them to extend their stay.” The mission of Strolling of the Heifers is to support local farms, food producers and food systems by connecting people with healthy local food. In addition to Stroll Weekend, Strolling of the Heifers organizes an annual conference, the Slow Living Summit, which is focused on sustainable living and resilient communities, and publishes the Locavore Index, a nationally-recognized ranking of the 50 states in terms of their commitment to local food. At its downtown Brattleboro headquarters, the River Garden, Strolling of the Heifers is developing a year-round set of programs as part of its Farm/Food Innovation Center. ABA’s...

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Fresh Paint: Works by Clay Coyle

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Whats New | Comments Off on Fresh Paint: Works by Clay Coyle

Fresh Paint: Works by Clay Coyle

November’s exhibit in the Gallery at the Garden (Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St.) features works by painter and set designer Clay Coyle in a show titled Fresh Paint: Reflections of Color in Landscapes and Trees.  Concurrently, the River Garden, home of Strolling of the Heifers, will host an exhibit of historical materials from the archives of Kurn Hattin Homes for Children, the Westminster residential school for children at-risk or in need. Established in 1894, Kurn Hattin serves boys and girls, ages 5-15, who are affected by tragedy, social or economic hardship, or other disruption in family life. Now a resident of Venice, Florida, Coyle maintains a studio in Putney and just recently moved from his S. Londonderry, Vermont homestead which he had kept since 1980. Clay has actively painted and worked on set and lighting design since he entered Williams College in 1968. He graduated in 1972, winning the Gilbert W. Gabriel Prize in Drama for his design and technical work. From Williams he headed to New York City where he designed sets for the Classic Stage Company, the New Dramatists Inc., the Producer’s Association for Young America, the Spanish Repertory Company, and others. Clay’s classical education came into play as he found himself designing for works by Shakespeare, Moliere, Ibsen, Wedekind, and a host of contemporary playwrights who were at the forefront of New York’s Off Broadway Theater. He also worked for summer stock houses in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania in addition to working with The Kanawaha Valley Players in his home town of Charleston, West Virginia. Tiring of the hustle and bustle of New York City, Clay sought a more tranquil life in South Londonderry, where once again he could “see the clouds sail by and marvel at the beauty of the stars at night.” In his 1880’s farmhouse and attached barn he found the space and time he needed to pursue his interest in painting more fully than he had been able to in New York. After ten years of focusing on his painting skills, Clay once again turned to theater design and worked with Whetstone Theater Company in Brattleboro and later Lost Nation Theater in Montpelier where he is still designing scenery and lighting. In his early years in Vermont, he put together large sized painting extravaganzas with emphasis on the characters and colors of the Circus. He has one series of paintings called Sideshow which includes the characters Ozzie (the human skeleton), Etta Lake (the rubber faced girl), Scatongo (the Wildman of Borneo), Madame Le Fair (the bearded lady), Jacques (the long headed man) and Lucia Zarate (the ant woman). Circus imagery has continued as an element in his work, along with political and psychological themes and fantasy. Clay’s paintings have been exhibited in diverse galleries such as the Wyland Gallery in Key West, Fl., the Tartan Pony Gallery in Santa Fe, N.M., and in Vermont at the Southern Vermont Arts Center and Vermont Woods Gallery in Manchester, the Chaffee Art Center in Rutland, and Vermont Artisan Designs in Brattleboro. In March of this year Clay designed the set and lights for the play Cabin Fever (staged at the River Garden by Snack Theater) in a benefit production for Strolling of the Heifers. For his show at the River Garden, Clay has...

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Five Seasons in theater curtains

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Whats New | Comments Off on Five Seasons in theater curtains

Five Seasons in theater curtains

We’re thrilled to be hosting “Five Seasons” — an exciting exhibit of painted theater curtains, in our Gallery at the Garden (The Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main Street, Brattleboro), during the entire month of October. How many villages inspire the creation of an original musical composition, several poems, and five huge paintings? When southern Vermont musician Carol Wood composed The Saxtons River Suite, little did she know that she would launch a creative multi-media celebration on behalf of this 500-person village and its community arts organization, Main Street Arts (MSA). Woods’ work for harp, flute, violin, cello and chorus is set to poems by Vermont poets, one for each season of the Vermont year: autumn, winter, spring, summer… and mud. In turn, the poems and the Suite provided the inspiration for five local, internationally recognized artists to paint theater backdrops that measure 9’ x 18’—the largest canvas that these artists have ever painted. According to MSA’S Managing Director Margo Ghia, “Five Seasons” is an original arts collaboration that weaves music, poetry, performance, theater art and history into a celebration of Saxtons River. We are thrilled to be collaborating with The River Garden to show our new five theater curtains in the gallery during the month of October and at Gallery Walk on October 3rd. We hope that others will be inspired by our curtains and the art project to find ways to celebrate their own community.” MSA occupies an 1840’s Odd-Fellows Hall with a second-floor theater that is well known for having the largest collection of historic painted theater curtains in Vermont. Many of these historic curtains continue to be used in MSA’s theatrical productions. Wood’s Saxton’s River Suite gave MSA board members an idea: why not ask the five noted artists residing the town to each paint a new, contemporary theater curtain based on one of the five seasons. In order to inspire their work, Wood and a group of local musicians recorded the Suite and gave it to Donald Saaf (Summer), Michele Ratte (Autumn), Eric Aho (Winter), Charlie Hunter (Maple and Mud), and Julia Zanes (Spring) who each painted a 9’ x 18’ theater curtain. MSA has broken ground on a new accessible addition. When construction is complete, MSA will host the World Premiere of the Five Seasons project in its historic theater where the Saxtons River Suite will be performed against the backdrop of the stunning new theater curtains. T he new curtains will become part of MSA’s permanent collection and used in future theater productions, concerts, and events. Supported by MSA’s exciting and bold capital campaign Moving Forward, Moving Up plans are to expand the original building, acquire adjoining property, and add an elevator and accessible bathroom. 85% of the million-dollar goal has been raised to date. The building is scheduled to be open in December...

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Five Seasons Painted Theater Curtains displayed in the Gallery at the Garden

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Whats New | Comments Off on Five Seasons Painted Theater Curtains displayed in the Gallery at the Garden

Five Seasons Painted Theater Curtains displayed in the Gallery at the Garden

How many villages inspire the creation of an original musical composition, several poems, and five huge paintings? When southern Vermont musician Carol Wood composed The Saxtons River Suite, little did she know that she would launch a creative multi-media celebration on behalf of this 500-person village and its community arts organization, Main Street Arts (MSA). Woods’ work for harp, flute, violin, cello and chorus is set to poems by Vermont poets, one for each season of the Vermont year: autumn, winter, spring, summer… and mud.  In turn, the poems and the Suite provided the inspiration for five local, internationally recognized artists to paint theater backdrops that measure 9’ x 18’—the largest canvas that these artists have ever painted. According to MSA’S Managing Director Margo Ghia, “Five Seasons” is an original arts collaboration that weaves music, poetry, performance, theater art and history into a celebration of Saxtons River.  We are thrilled to be collaborating with The River Garden to show our new five theater curtains in the gallery during the month of October and at Gallery Walk on October 3rd.  We hope that others will be inspired by our curtains and the art project to find ways to celebrate their own community.” The unveiling reception will take place during Gallery Walk, Oct. 3, from 5:00 until 7:30 PM, and is free and open to the public. The Gallery at the Garden is open otherwise Mon.-Fri. 9-5, Sat. 11-5, Sun. 1:30-3:30. MSA occupies an 1840’s Odd-Fellows Hall with a second-floor theater that is well known for having the largest collection of historic painted theater curtains in Vermont.  Many of these historic curtains continue to be used in MSA’s theatrical productions. Wood’s Saxton’s River Suite gave MSA board members an idea: why not ask the five noted artists residing the town to each paint a new, contemporary theater curtain based on one of the five seasons. In order to inspire their work, Wood and a group of local musicians recorded the Suite and gave it to Donald Saaf (Summer), Michele Ratté (Autumn), Eric Aho (Winter), Charlie Hunter (Maple and Mud), and Julia Zanes (Spring) who each painted a 9’ x 18’ theater curtain. MSA has broken ground on a new accessible addition. When construction is complete, MSA will host the World Premiere of the Five Seasons project in its historic theater where the Saxtons River Suite will be performed against the backdrop of the stunning new theater curtains. T he new curtains will become part of MSA’s permanent collection and used in future theater productions, concerts, and events. Supported by MSA’s exciting and bold capital campaign Moving Forward, Moving Up plans are to expand the original building, acquire adjoining property, and add an elevator and accessible bathroom.  85% of the million-dollar goal has been raised to date. The building is scheduled to be open in December 2014. The Five Seasons project is sponsored in part by Royal Talens. Main Street Arts is a non-profit arts center dedicated to serving the creative needs of our greater community. We seek to encourage creative expression through a wide range of artistic experiences. The center is located in the heart of the village of Saxtons River, Vermont. MSA celebrated 25 years in...

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Stroll is a Vermont Top 10 event for 2015

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Whats New | Comments Off on Stroll is a Vermont Top 10 event for 2015

Stroll is a Vermont Top 10 event for 2015

We’re proud to announce that for the 13th year in a row, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce has named Strolling of the Heifers Weekend as one of Vermont’s Top 10 Summer Events for 2015. Make your plans now! Stroll Weekend is Friday through Sunday, June 5-6-7, 2015 with the Parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June...

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Shopping on Amazon? Help the Stroll with AmazonSmile!

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Whats New | Comments Off on Shopping on Amazon? Help the Stroll with AmazonSmile!

Shopping on Amazon? Help the Stroll with AmazonSmile!

Strolling of the Heifers is all about supporting local farms, local food producers and local merchants and service providers of all kinds. And we hope you’ll shop as locally as you possibly can, all year round. That said, we know that sometimes you buy online — including at our own Stroll gift shop, and at sites like Amazon.com. So we want you to know that when you shop at Amazon, you can earn an extra bonus for Strolling of the Heifers! It’s a simple and automatic way to support the Stroll, at no cost to you. Plus, you can use your existing Amazon.com account. HERE’S HOW EASY IT IS: 1. Visit AmazonSmile.com. 2. Log into your Amazon account, and via the search box, select Strolling of the Heifers as the charity of your choice. (Just type “Strolling” into the box and it should come up.)  To double check, look to see that our name appears after “Supporting” at the top of your screen near the AmazonSmile logo (if it is not, then insert “Strolling of the Heifers” in the “Pick Your Charity” box). 3. Purchase products with the “Eligible for Amazon Smile donation” designation. 4. For every eligible purchase you make, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to Strolling of the Heifers. We appreciate your help! THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT! Strolling Of The...

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Celebration Brass Band will entertain at the River Garden  during Gallery Walk

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in Whats New | Comments Off on Celebration Brass Band will entertain at the River Garden  during Gallery Walk

Celebration Brass Band will entertain at the River Garden  during Gallery Walk

During Friday evening’s Gallery Walk (August 1, downtown Brattleboro VT) the Celebration Brass Band will be on hand to entertain at the Robert H. River Garden, home of Strolling of the Heifers on Main Street. The exhibit at the Stroll’s Gallery at the Garden, “Farms in Seven Media” will be on view and continues through August. The Gallery will be open from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; the music will start about 6 p.m. Bring your dancing shoes! The Celebration Brass Band is Brattleboro’s own taste of New Orleans, the only ensemble in Northern New England fully dedicated exclusively to the performance of authentic New Orleans style brass band music. The Celebration Brass Band is the public face of the New Orleans Brass Band Project (Southern VT), a collaborative music workshop founded in 2009 by New Orleans native Pete Simoneaux, as a way to developing a community of musicians committed to playing traditional and contemporary New Orleans style Brass Band music. This is the music of jazz funerals and street parades in New Orleans, the style that gave birth to the careers of Buddy Bolden, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, and whose lineage continues to this day in the funky, driving street rhythms of groups like the Dirty Dozen, the Rebirth, NewBirth & Treme Brass Bands. Members of the Celebration Brass Band have become familiar to Brattleboro area audiences through their performances at numerous Gallery Walks, the Strolling of the Heifers, 4th of July parades, and a host of other local community events, as well as their performances with other area bands including Lil Orphans, Butterfly Swing, Jazzberry Jam & Simba. Core members of the group include Pete Simoneaux on bass drum and vocals, Tim Ellis and Linda Simoneaux on sousaphones, Stephen Voorhees on snare drum, Scott Sizer on trumpet & vocals, Chuck Ober on trombone, Jim Kurty on clarinet & vocals, Chuck Ober on trombone & Ron Kelley on saxophone. Additional auxiliary members include Dan DeWalt and Brian Bender on trombones, and Walter Slowinski on saxophone & clarinet. Over the past 25 years, the New Orleans Brass Band revival has exploded in popularity, to the point where it has become the dominant musical form in the city, embraced and performed by young and old alike. Bands such as the Rebirth, Hot 8, Soul Rebels and Stooges have people dancing in the streets and the clubs all day and all night long, almost every day of the year. The Celebration Brass Band is available to bring this energy to weddings, funerals, picnics, parties and other private and public functions throughout Northern New...

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What’s it like? Watch the 2014 Parade video!

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What’s it like? Watch the 2014 Parade video!

Our friends at Brattleboro Community Television deployed a 4-camera crew and caught all the action at the Strolling of the Heifers Parade on June 7, 2014 — with emceeing by local radio personalities Peter “Fish” Case and Tim Johnson.  Watch here:

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Bread Pudding Bake-Off: winners and recipes

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Whats New | Comments Off on Bread Pudding Bake-Off: winners and recipes

Bread Pudding Bake-Off: winners and recipes

We’re pleased to share with you the winning recipes from our 2014 Bread Pudding Bake-Off, the finals of which took place during our Friday Evening Street Festival, June 4 of Stroll Weekend. The winners were: First Place & People’s Choice Award: Vera Carroll, “Hot Summer Night Bread Pudding” Second Place: Joyce Silva, “Sweet Maple Ricotta Bread Pudding” Third Place: Nancy Cain, “Blueberry Cheesecake Bread Pudding with Lemon Maple Cream” Here are the recipes! Hot Summer Night Bread Pudding Vera Carrol, who won first place and the People’s Choice Award with this recipe, tells us: “Bread pudding is my favorite dessert, but everyone I know associates bread pudding with autumn or winter months. I wanted to create a bread pudding that I thought people would enjoy in the summer after an outdoor BBQ. The King Arthur Fruit Blend of diced apricots, raisins, pineapple cubes, chopped dates and sweetened dried cranberries make this recipe shine. The Hot Summer Night Bread Pudding has a light and refreshing flavor and pairs well with a glass of chilled Moscato.” Quantity/Servings One 2-quart 10×7 oblong glass pan makes 8 Servings Ingredients 5 Cups Whole Wheat Cinnamon Swirl Bread cut into large bite sized pieces. This is the King Arthur recipe I follow. 4 Large Organic Eggs One 11 oz container So Delicious Dairy Free Organic Culinary Coconut Milk 2 Cups Organic Half & Half ¾ Cup Organic Sugar ½ Tsp King Arthur Flour Fiori di Sicilia 1 Tsp Organic Roasted Saigon Cinnamon ¼ Tsp Salt 1 Cup King Arthur Flour Mixed Fruit Blend 1/3 Cup Let’s Do…Organic Unsweetened Finely Shredded Coconut Topping: • 1 Tsp Sugar • ¼ Tsp Roasted Saigon Cinnamon Preparation steps 1. Preheat oven to 350°F 2. Apply a thin coat of cooking spray to a 2-quart 10×7 oblong glass baking dish 3. Arrange bread in dish 4. In a large bowl, beat eggs until frothy 5. Combine milk, half-and-half, sugar, Fiori di Sicilia, cinnamon, and salt; then add to eggs and mix well 6. Add fruit and coconut to liquid mixture, blend thoroughly 7. Pour over bread, pressing gently to submerge slices, let rest 15 minutes 8. Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle over pudding 9. Set dish on a baking pan with a 2-inch rim 10. Add water to a depth of 1 inch 11. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean 12. Cool and serve with homemade whipped cream Sweet Maple Ricotta Bread Pudding Joyce Silva says, “My family loves puddings especially rice and bread puddings. This recipe is a family favorite since everyone loves ricotta cheese and maple syrup. This is best served warm on a wintry day when a little sweetness mixed with the taste and texture of ricotta cheese warms you up. Hope you enjoy it.” Quantity/Servings 1 Pie Plate (9 inch deep dish) makes 8 servings Ingredients 2 cups whole milk 1/4 cup heavy cream (Vermont Creamery) 4 eggs 1/3 cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/4 nutmeg 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 cup ricotta cheese 1/8 cup sugar 3 cups lightly packed Challa bread cut into cubesor sweet bread of your choice) 1/4 cup Maple Syrup( SugarHead Maple Syrup, Swanzey, NH) Preparation steps Preheat oven to 325F 1. Medium pan heat milk and cream until bubbly. 2. In Pie plate...

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Public is invited to hear speakers and artists at Slow Living Summit

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Whats New | Comments Off on Public is invited to hear speakers and artists at Slow Living Summit

Public is invited to hear speakers and artists at Slow Living Summit

The Strolling of the Heifers Slow Living Summit has announced that all of its plenary sessions featuring prominent speakers and artists, will be open to the public, free of charge. Also included in the free sessions is the showing of a film, Food for Change, about the growth of the co-ops movement. The speakers and artists include local holistic health physician Samantha Eagle, writer and speaker Charles Eisenstein, Brattleboro cellist Eugene Friesen, and Amit Sharma, Guilford-based financial expert. All of these sessions take place at the Latchis Theatre, downtown Brattleboro. A voluntary donation may be made at the door. The Summit is a conference about connections that make communities resilient, sustainable and strong. It takes place Wednesday, June 4 through Friday, June 6 in downtown Brattleboro. The Summit’s plenary sessions will feature unique collaborations between speakers and artists. There will be no Powerpoints. Instead, every plenary speaker is paired with one or more artists — musicians, actors, dancers, visual artists — who will interpret and amplify the spoken messages and stories. Artistic content will be woven into Summit, not as preludes or warm-ups, but as a seamless, natural part of the Summit’s fabric. The schedule is as follows: Wed., June 4 at 6:15 p.m. — “The Well Being: Health, Healing and Community” — Samantha Eagle, founder and medical director of Biologic Integrative Healthcare and the Biologic Wellness Center in Brattleboro, who specializes in Lifestyle and Functional Medicine, with artistic collaborators Lindel Hart, performer, yoga instructor, and writer, and John Sheldon, guitarist. Thursday, June 5 at 8:30 a.m. — “Time is running out, let’s slow down” — Charles Eisenstein, author of The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible, The Ascent of Humanity, Sacred Economics, and The Yoga of Eating, with artistic collaborator Eugene Friesen, world-renowned cellist known for his ground-breaking improvisational work and long-time work with the Paul Winter Consort. Thursday, June 5 at 1:45 p.m. — “The Free-co-system: Investing for personal and community wealth” — Amit Sharma, investment professional who has works at the intersection of commercial enterprise, public policy and the capital markets, with artistic collaborator Amy Johnquest, aka the Banner Queen, a painter who offers hand-painted sideshow banners reminiscent of old carnivals and traveling circuses. FILM: Thursday, June 5 at 3:45 p.m. — Also open to the public is the presentation of the film Food for Change: The story of co-operation in America — Food For Change tells the little-known story of the cooperative movement in the United States from the Great Depression to the present. This alternative economic model is presently experiencing a resurgence in response to the 2008 market crash, widening wealth disparity, and the consolidation of the food industry. Presented with the support of the Brattleboro Food Co-op and the Neighboring Food Co-op Association. Friday, June 6 at 8:30 a.m. — “Soil, Soul, and Society: A love story in three movements” — Martin Ping, Executive Director of Hawthorne Valley in Ghent, New York, an organization aimed at promoting the integration of society and culture with education and arts, with artistic collaborators guitarist Seamus Maynard, violinist Jonathan Talbott and cellist Jonah Thomas, members of the group Quiet in the Head. Friday, June 7 at 10:30 a.m.— “Lessons from a 10-mile diet” — Vicki Robin, co-author of the perennial best seller, Your Money or...

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Brown Bag Lunches at the River Garden

Posted by on May 4, 2014 in Whats New | Comments Off on Brown Bag Lunches at the River Garden

Brown Bag Lunches at the River Garden

Join us, weekdays at noon at the River Garden, for interesting, entertaining, informative sessions with musicians of many stripes and speakers on many subjects. It’s free! Bring your lunch! You’ll find a schedule of upcoming sessions on our Event Calendar. If you would like a weekly email from us on Fridays, listing the Brown Bag Lunch schedule for the following week, just  email a request to peter@strollingoftheheifers.com. If you’d like to speak or perform at a Brown Bag Lunch session, please be in touch with Elizabeth Stoumen — stop in at our River Garden office; call us at 802-246-0982, or...

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Brattleboro area Farm Tour — visit five unique farms on Sunday, June 7

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Our Events, Whats New | Comments Off on Brattleboro area Farm Tour — visit five unique farms on Sunday, June 7

Brattleboro area Farm Tour — visit five unique farms on Sunday, June 7

We’re sorry, all the tours are booked full. Please visit farms only if you registered in advance! Here’s the full information about the Farm Tour; we plan to repeat the event in 2016! We’ve partnered with five special farms in the Brattleboro area to offer this year’s Stroll Weekend Farm Tour on Sunday, June 7. Each of these farms has something unique to offer, will welcome you and show you around. One-hour tours are being offered at 9:30 AM, 11:15 AM, 1:00 PM and 2:45 PM. This schedule allows sufficient time between tours to travel from one farm to the next. Please limit your farm visits on June 7 to the scheduled guided tour times. Some of the farms have farm stores you can visit at other times. Please contact the farmers directly if you wish to visit their store on another day. Pre-registration is encouraged required! If you plan to go on the Tour, you might find it handy to print out the info on this page — download it in PDF format here. The Farm Tour is free, but we appreciate any donations to Strolling of the Heifers to defray the costs of the Farm Tour. 1. The Bunker Farm 857 Bunker Road, Dummerston VT — thebunkerfarm.com Farmers: Noah Hoskins, Helen O’Donnell, Mike Euphrat, and Jen O’Donnell Tour Times: 9:30-10:30 and 2:45-3:45 The 169-acre conserved Bunker Farm is a new farming venture comprised of five lines of operation: pasture-raised meat and poultry, vegetables, annual and perennial flowers, maple syrup, and community outreach and education. The farm tour will touch on all areas, including a pasture walk to visit the animals, a tour of the greenhouse and vegetable fields, and an explanation of our wood-fired maple syrup operation. Visitors are welcome to purchase farm-raised chicken, pork, beef, flowers and maple syrup. Directions: From Brattleboro, head north on Rte 5 (Putney Rd). At traffic circle, continue north on Rte 5  for 3.5 miles. Make a left on Schoolhouse Rd. After approximately 1 mile, make a right on Miller Rd. After 1.8 miles, bear left to continue on Miller Rd. Make a right at stop sign onto Bunker Rd. The farm is on the left. 2. Scott Farm 707 Kipling Road, Dummerston, VT — scottfarmvermont.com Farmer: Zeke Goodband Tour Times: 9:30-10:30 and 1:00-2:00 (1:00 p.m. tour sold out) The Scott Farm consists of 571 acres located in Dummerston. This year we will harvest 100 varieties of ecologically grown heirloom apples, as well as a dozen other types of fruit. The farm has 23 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a recorded history dating back to George Washington’s first term as president. Since 1995, the farm has been owned by The Landmark Trust USA, a non-profit organization committed to historic preservation. Come join Zeke Goodband for a stroll in our orchard and learn a bit about the history of our heirloom fruits. We’ll discuss orchard ecology, learn about grafting and how it was used to create this orchard, and then do a little scouting for pests and discuss how we manage them. The farm stand will be open and orchard-related items will be available for purchase. Directions: From Brattleboro, head north on Putney Road/Route 5. After you pass the Hannaford Supermarket on the left, take a left at the next traffic light onto Black Mountain Road....

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Stroll Weekend 2015 — Entertainment

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Whats New | Comments Off on Stroll Weekend 2015 — Entertainment

For bios and photos of all entertainers, click on their individual name below, or here. Friday Evening Strolling of the Heifers Street Festival Friday, June 5, 3015, 5:30-8:30 p.m. — Downtown Brattleboro, Vermont Monthly Gallery Walk event — art openings at many venues, including two Farm Art shows! Entertainment Stage (beside The Works Bakery Café, west side of Main Street) 5:30-8:30 p.m.: Alan Greenleaf and the Doctor And roaming the street: Ed the Wizard Saturday Strolling of the Heifers Parade Saturday, June 6, 2015, 10 a.m. — Downtown Brattleboro, Vermont Pre-parade entertainment: Dairy Godmother and Dairy Princesses New Orleans Brass Band Project Brattleboro Nursery School Slow Living Expo — 11 acres of fun, food, entertainment, exhibits, open all day! Saturday, June 6, 2015, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. — Commons and Retreat Grounds, Brattleboro, Vermont On the Retreat Grounds: New England Center for Circus Arts offers shows throughout the day on the Retreat Grounds featuring advanced and professional students from around the world. They will amaze & entertain you as they swing through the air & share juggling, acrobatics, comedy & more Human Foosball! Goat Olympics C&S Family Entertainment Tent 10:45 — Pete and Chris Amusements 11:30 —Vic and Sticks 12:00 — Mad Science of Western New England 12:30 — Sandglass Theatre: Kasper and the Cow 1:00 — Buddy and Harmonie 1:30 — L’il Iguana 2:15 —Sandglass Theatre: Kasper and the Cow 2:45 —Vic and Sticks & Noodle Daisy Balloon Bike 3:15 —Mad Science of Western New England Retreat Music Tent 10:45 — Speckers 11:45 — Brattleboro Ukelele Society 12:45 — Classic Country 1:30 — Shoulder Narrows, Renegade 2:00 — Xpressivo, Spiralia 2:30 — Classic Country The Gazebo — at the center of the Brattleboro Commons 11:00 — Santa Croce 12:00 — Nomad vs. Settler 1:00 — The Snaz 2:00 — Dan Sangels 3:00 — Franz Robert Quartet Sunday Tour de Heifer 15-30-60 mile cycling rides Sunday, June 7, 2015, starting times 8, 9, 10 a.m. — beginning and ending at Lilac Ridge Farm, West Brattleboro, Vermont — Info and registration Lunchtime entertainment at Lilac Ridge Farm: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Alan Greenleaf and the...

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Energy Village

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Our Events, Whats New | 0 comments

Energy Village

Home owners and business owners are asking: Is my home or office wasting energy? How much? How can I find out? What can I do about it? How much will that cost? How can I finance it? At the Stroll’s Slow Living Expo Energy Village, find out answers to all these questions. Homeowners and business owners will find energy-focused businesses and organizations providing access to a full range of resources that can save them money, while treating the planet better by saving energy. At the center of the Village, experts from a variety of energy-related organizations and enterprises present and demonstrate ways in which you can save on energy expenses. The Energy Village will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the Slow Living Expo, on Saturday, June 6, 2015. Stop by! You’ll find people who can provide and explain: Information on home energy audits — how to get them done, how much they cost, what they will tell you. How to monitor energy usage in your house Solutions for many common ways that homes and other buildings use more energy than they should Tips and tricks for inexpensive fixes you can do immediately Services that contractors can provide including insulation, weatherstripping, replacement windows, more efficient heating and cooling systems Options for solar electric and solar thermal collectors Rebates you can earn on more efficient appliances Ways of financing energy-saving improvements, including tax benefits and income-qualification for low- and no-cost energy efficiency opportunities Presenting Sponsor: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Major Sponsors:  Brattleboro Savings & LoanEfficiency Vermont  _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Sponsors:  Brattleboro Ford SubaruCarroll ConcreteCo-op PowerFarnum InsulatorsFriends of the SunGary MacArthur Solar Energy SystemsGreen Mountain PanelIntegrated SolarRobust ValleySEVCA WeatherizationSolar Source / Melanson CompanySustainable Energy Outreach NetworkTarm BioMassThomas McLoughlin Window Restoration & WeatherizationTransCanadaVermont Community FoundationVermont Renewable FuelsVermont Technical CollegeVermont VinylWW Building...

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Maple ‘n Mud Fest

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Whats New | Comments Off on Maple ‘n Mud Fest

Maple ‘n Mud Fest

Strolling of the Heifers presents our 1st Annual Maple ‘n Mud Fest, set for Saturday April 26, 2014. Come celebrate the changing seasons with Maple Producers and Regional Farmers! This is a community event, free and open to the public at the Stroll’s new home – the River Garden, 157 Main Street, Brattleboro. The grades of maple syrup are being renamed to provide the general public with a little more clarity on what each grade is best suited. The new names are based on their color so come SEE, and then taste the differences thanks to Hidden Springs Maple! Bascom Family Farms will be providing a rich history of maple sugaring in the area with artifacts from the late 1890’s and early 1900’s. Then talk to your modern maple producers like Robb Family Farm or Harlow’s Sugar House to get a feel for how things have changed! Your Brattleboro CO-OP will be demonstrating how to use maple as an everyday ingredient in your pantry. Check out locally made products that use maple as a sweetener: Coddle & Cosset Truffles, True North Granola, O So Fine Gluten Free. Wash it all down with a pickle from Randy at Mountain Mowing Farm! What kind of a Maple Fest would be complete without pancakes? Green Mountain Flour will be on hand to make that a reality! Don’t have a big sweet tooth? Varee’s Thai Kitchen or Sheetal Kinkhabwala can cook up your Saturday lunch while listening to local musicians Bada Raga – Classical Indian Music with a Vermont Twist! Later in the day we will be joined by Franz Robert and Friends playing experimental jazz! Stop by the table of Brattleboro Time Trade – we know you have been thinking about it, now is a great time to get those questions answered Over 21? Whistle Pig Whiskey, a Vermont local spirits producer will be showcasing their products – enjoy responsibly :) Jen Swanson of Studio Main will be offering great Mothers Day items including soaps, lotions, and “mud” masks! Be sure to show the women in your life how much you love them with a thoughtful gift from One World Soap! Too much food? check out vendors such as Flo Nestor’s Common Scents Satchets and Ellie Roden’s Green Mountain Pressed Flowers,framed or as cards. Also attending are Kathy and Edith with their Green River Aprons. Come and meet your local artisans!...

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Bondville Boys in concert/dance at the River Garden

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Whats New | Comments Off on Bondville Boys in concert/dance at the River Garden

Bondville Boys in concert/dance at the River Garden

We’re looking forward to Friday, April 18, when The Bondville Boys, an eclectic, edgy bluegrass band, will play a concert and dance at the  River Garden from 7 to 10:30 p.m., as a benefit for Strolling of the Heifers! The River Garden is our headquarters in downtown Brattleboro, and we’re raising funds for renovations and improvements including air-conditioning and a demonstration kitchen. The Bondville Boys, so named because “some of us are from Bondville, and some of us are boys,” consists of Jake Geppert (banjo, guitar and vocals), Tom Morris (guitar and banjo), Laura Molinelli (guitar and vocals), Dennis Fink (bass and vocals) and Ben Campbell (guitars, mandolin and vocals). Popular throughout western New England since 1990, the Bondville Boys have shared stages with Del McCoury, the Nashville Bluegrass Band, Buddy Cage, and the Gibson Brothers, among others. The group currently has two live records with a new studio album coming out in the spring. The Bondville Boys play a huge assortment of music, including a ton of original tunes and everything from Flatt and Scruggs to Blondie. Tickets are $10 per person, with a family cap of $30. There will also be a 50-50 raffle, and light snacks will be served. By the way, for Strolling of the Heifers members, admission is $8, and annual memberships will be available at the event. They’re $40 for individuals, $60 for a couple, or $100 for a family. And then we have rarified levels all the way up to $2,500 (the “Holy Cow” membership level), if you’re so...

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“Perfect Imperfection” — now on view at the River Garden

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Whats New | Comments Off on “Perfect Imperfection” — now on view at the River Garden

“Perfect Imperfection” — now on view at the River Garden

Our current exhibit at the Gallery at the Garden, “Perfect Imperfection,” features works by photographers Liz LaVorgna and Shanta L.E. It’s on view at our headquarters , the Robert H. Gibson River Garden at 157 Main Street, Brattleboro, Vermont. The exhibit is open until the end of September and is in partnership with the Women’s Freedom Center and the Arts Council of Windham County.    Perfect Imperfection is a collaborative photography and creative writing project by Liz LaVorgna & Shanta L.E. Perfect Imperfection is a window to emotion presenting what people feel is imperfect about themselves emotionally or physically. It’s about discovery, a journey and acceptance.This project is an invitation to the community to accept and embrace their imperfections through photographs and story. Our visual and written stories include emotionally charged topics like abandonment and domestic violence as well as physical issues including varying degrees of body shame. In a society that relies on PhotoShop and other techniques to present individuals as perfect we are facing more pressure than ever before to become what we are not. The exhibit will encourage dialogue about imperfections and how we can work to embrace them. Perfection is a universal issue that everyone strives for and suffers from. Perceived imperfection is like heavy armor. We carry it around every day and we think it protects us. In reality it shields the world out and keeps us from fully accepting and embracing ourselves. Just as things are not negative or positive, they ARE. We ARE. Perfect Imperfection is an exhibit, an event and a movement. Also, look for Liz LaVorgna at the River Garden’s Brown Bag Lunch Event on September 17th from 12-1pm! Everyone is welcome....

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Strolling of the Heifers welcomes Merchants Bank as 2014 Presenting Sponsor

Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in Whats New | Comments Off on Strolling of the Heifers welcomes Merchants Bank as 2014 Presenting Sponsor

Strolling of the Heifers welcomes Merchants Bank as 2014 Presenting Sponsor

Strolling of the Heifers has announced that Merchants Bank will continue as Presenting Sponsor of the upcoming Strolling of the Heifers Weekend, Slow Living Summit and Tour de Heifer. Stroll Weekend takes place June 6-8, with the world-famous Strolling of the Heifers Parade as its centerpiece on Saturday, June 7, followed by the all-day, 11-acre Slow Living Expo, all taking place in downtown Brattleboro The Slow Living Summit, a conference on mindful, artful living and connected, resilient communities, takes place just before the weekend on June 4-6, while the Tour de Heifer, a set of 15, 30 and 60-mile farm-to-farm cycling tours, happens on Sunday, June 8. “Strolling is so much more than a parade of cute cows, it’s about integrity and being connected with your community,” said Merchants Bank’s vice president of marketing Tina de La Torre. “Vermont ranks first in the country for caring about where their food comes from, and we believe people also care about where their banking comes from.” “We’re very pleased to have Merchants Bank on our side for a second year,” said Orly Munzing, the Stroll’s founder and executive director. “We know that Merchants Bank shares the values of Strolling of the Heifers.” Established in 1849, Merchants Bank is the largest Vermont-based bank, independent and locally operated. Consumer, business, municipal and investment customers enjoy personalized relationships, sophisticated online and mobile banking options, more than 30 community bank locations statewide, plus a nationwide network of over 55,000 surcharge-free Allpoint ATMs. Merchants Bank (Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender, NASDAQ “MBVT”), and Merchants Trust Company employ approximately 300 full-time employees and 40 part-time employees statewide. www.mbvt.com Strolling of the Heifers, based in Brattleboro, Vermont, was founded in 2001. Its mission includes supporting farmers, connecting people with healthy local food, and helping people build strong, connected and resilient communities. It has done this through a variety of programs including not only its Stroll Weekend events and the Slow Living Summit, but also the Vermont Farm/Food Business Plan Competition, the Locavore Index (a ranking of the 50 states in terms of their commitment to local food), and a new venture, the Farm/Food Innovation Center housed at the Stroll’s new headquarters, the Robert H. Gibson River Garden in downtown Brattleboro. On the web: www.strollingoftheheifers.com....

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Strolling of the Heifers Weekend, June 5-6-7!

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Whats New | 0 comments

Strolling of the Heifers Weekend, June 5-6-7!

PLEASE, NO DOGS AT THE PARADE OR EXPO! We’re sure your pooch is wonderfully well behaved. But for the safety of the animals and spectators, please leave the dog at home. The animals may be spooked by dogs, since they are already in an unfamiliar setting. Thank you. Join us in beautiful, historic Brattleboro for a weekend of activities honoring farmers and celebrating local food, all built around our signature event, the world-famous Strolling of the Heifers Parade, Saturday, June 7 at 10 a.m. sharp! Check out the full weekend entertainment schedule, as well as entertainer bios and pictures, and follow these links for more information on all Stroll Weekend events: Our 2014 theme is “The Heifers are Coming to Town!” This reflects our new downtown headquarters at the River Garden, illustrated above, and of course, it’s what the Heifers do for our Parade. And, “The Heifers are Coming to Town!” is our theme song, performed by Alan Greenleaf and the Doctor — listen to it here! Weekend Presenting Sponsor: FRIDAY, JUNE 6: Gallery Walk & Street Festival Friday evening, June 6, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Main Street and the River Garden Finals of our Great New England Bread Pudding Bake-Off Two special Farm Art exhibits Entertainment! SATURDAY, JUNE 7: The Parade Sat., June 7 at 10 a.m. sharp, up Main Street Pre-parade entertainment! Slow Living Expo Sat., June 7, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Brattleboro Commons and Retreat Grounds Cheese Village Healthy Living Village Home Energy Village  Woodlands Exhibit Goat Olympics Entertainment! Dozens of Food Vendors Dozens of farms and exhibitors Bouncing Castles SUNDAY, JUNE 8: Famous Farmers Breakfast Sun. June 8, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Marina Restaurant Tour de Heifer Sun., June 8, beginning and ending at Lilac Ridge Farm, W. Brattleboro Farm Tour Sun., June 8 — guided tours at five area farms LOGISTICS: Directions & Parking Dining & Lodging Recycling, Composting & Trash RELATED EVENTS: A listing of events offered by Friends of the Stroll during the weekend What if it rains? All Strolling of the Heifers events are rain or shine! The heifers don’t mind the weather, the farmers are working in all kinds of weather, and we will be honoring and celebrating them this weekend, regardless of weather!...

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Snack Theatre revival features Cabin Fever, “Comedy of Menace,” in Stroll benefit

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in Whats New | Comments Off on Snack Theatre revival features Cabin Fever, “Comedy of Menace,” in Stroll benefit

Snack Theatre revival features Cabin Fever,  “Comedy of Menace,” in Stroll benefit

Brattleborians of a certain age have long waited for the return of the Snack Theatre, an irreverent troupe that illuminated the aughts with a series of theatrical evenings augmented with libations and delectable sweets, before entering a period of hibernation. The wait is over. In a production that will benefit the new home of Strolling of the Heifers, Snack veterans Beth Kiendl, William Stearns and Bill Hickok will reprise “Cabin Fever” — a “comedy of menace” penned by Joan Schenkar. The entirety of the play takes place on a rural New England front porch, represented by a set designed by Clay Coyle, whose design credits range from off-Broadway to regional theatres in the East Coast and New England. The production’s beneficiary, Strolling of the Heifers, is a proponent of the benefits of healthy local foods, to which the play’s protagonists, the audience will come to realize, find a daunting challenge. The three characters in their rocking-chair gossip, reveal what cabin fever is really all about. Snack Theatre’s perpetrators feel that “Cabin Fever” should not be endured without certain creature comforts, which will be provided in the form of a selection of home-prepared desert delicacies, and a cash bar catered by Randy Ziter of the Putney Inn. Due to mature content, this show is not recommended for children or uptight adults. Performances will be at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden on March 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. Ticket prices are on a sliding scale from $12.50 to $60, depending on the attendee’s generosity. At the upper end, the price includes a year’s membership to the Strolling of the Heifers, which entitles the purchaser to discounted admission to future events. For reservations, please phone the Stroll office at 802-246-0982. Should you encounter the machine, please tell it your name, phone number, performance date, and number of...

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Presenting “16 by 16 by 27” at our new Gallery at the Garden

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 in Whats New | Comments Off on Presenting “16 by 16 by 27” at our new Gallery at the Garden

Presenting “16 by 16 by 27” at our new Gallery at the Garden

16” x 16” paintings by 27 area artists Strolling of the Heifers celebrates the opening of its new gallery at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden Friday evening, March 7 with a reception to introduce the inaugural exhibit, “16 by 16 by 27”. Curated by artist Caryn King, the show presents the work of 27 artists, each of whom produced a 16-inch by 16-inch square painting on canvas. The paintings reflect a variety of subjects including still life, figurative, landscape, animals, and abstract. Many of the artists will be present at the reception, which takes place during Gallery Walk from 5:30-8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 7. Voting for a “People’s Choice Award” will begin at the opening and continue through May 1. All paintings are for sale, with proceeds benefiting both the artists and Strolling of the Heifers. King reflected on the particular challenges of working with the 16-inch square canvases: “It’s actually harder than it might seem to be. Both artists and viewers have been trained to see things in horizontal or vertical rectangles. You see that in paintings and photographs as well as in the designs of buildings, books, furniture. Creating something that fits in a square doesn’t come naturally.” The artists included in the show are Marilyn Allen, Nancy Calicchio, Trudy Crites, Alicia Drakiotes, Janet Eldridge-Taylor, Esther Fielding, Georgie, Bobbie Groves, David Howell, Mary Iselin, Caryn King, Heidi M Lorenz, Paul Madalinski, Jim McGrath, Nancie Mclean, Steven Meyer, Meris Morrison, Scott Nelson, Janet Picard, Anne Sawyer, Lori Schreiner, Kristina Wentzell and Jen Wiechers. The paintings will remain on view until early July. The River Garden is normally open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5...

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Neighborhood Energy Science Fair

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Whats New | Comments Off on Neighborhood Energy Science Fair

Neighborhood Energy Science Fair

Calling all students, grades 5-12! Introducing the first Neighborhood Energy Science Fair!   Strolling of the Heifers wants to hear about energy problems that interest you and then hear how you might solve them!  If you are chosen as a finalist, you will compete for cash prizes under the Energy Pavilion as part of our 2014 Slow Living Expo on Saturday, June 7, 2014! Explore your house, your neighborhood, your school or another place you’re familiar with, and look for energy saving projects, possible experiments or energy issues to research. You can do an actual experiment, a community energy project, or learn about and demonstrate an energy technology. Each project will need a model, demonstration, and visual such as a poster or video to display. Do some hands-on science – design an experiment to compare how different materials transmit heat or resist heat loss. Create an energy conservation plan, and collect data to assess its effectiveness. Use a Watt Meter and light meter to test the efficiency of different types of light bulbs. You could create an exhibit that helps explain an energy topic to others — How does a solar cell actually work? How does a heat pump work? There will be 3 divisions:   Junior (5th and 6th grades), Middle School (7th and 8th grades) and High School (9th-12th grades).  Each division will have 2 categories: Individual ($5 registration fee) and Group ($15 registration fee). Register by April 30! Then, on Sunday, April 27 bring your ideas and plan of what you’d like to present to The River Garden, 157 Main Street, Brattleboro for a Mid-Point Check-in.  Vermont Energy Education Program’s Southern Vermont educator, Lisa Holderness and other science professionals will be on hand to take a look at what you have put together, make suggestions and offer advice!  Strolling of the Heifer staff will also be there to answer general questions about the contest. Prizes! We’ll have some great prizes! Details to be announced! So put on your thinking caps, look around, ask questions and investigate the exciting world of energy!  We can’t wait to see what you show us! To get started, fill out the registration form below. For team registrations, please click through to our team registration page, or click the button below. Group registration PLEASE CLICK THE SUBMIT BUTTON ONLY ONCE! If “Submit” returns you to this same page, please review the form to be sure all required fields were completed. Your application is NOT complete until you receive a confirmation email. Photos by Christian Howd and Bart Hanlon, used under Creative Commons...

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Join us to make Valentines at the River Garden, 2/7

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 in Whats New | Comments Off on Join us to make Valentines at the River Garden, 2/7

Join us to make Valentines at the River Garden, 2/7

In a project that aims to revive the spirit of Dalia Shevin’s participatory “Love Letters” installation last year, Strolling of the Heifers is presenting a week of community Valentine making at the River Garden, starting during the Feb. 7 gallery walk from 5 to 8 p.m. The project, titled “Love Local” invites people to stop in, make Valentines and share some love, particularly with local farms and farmers. It is being organized by Kristen Fledderjohn, Stroll intern. “We’re looking to develop the River Garden into a space where the community can come together around projects like this and to create connections. So this is our first big effort around that idea,” Fledderjohn said. Available at the River Garden will be a wide variety of crafts supplies for making Valentines including paper, doilies, stickers, cow pictures, crayons, markers, tape, glue, ribbons and more. Music during the Gallery Walk event will be provided by Blue Moon a Cappella, a southern Vermont-based quintet with a repertoire that focuses on its special love for jazz standards, with an occasional foray into other genres. Formed in 2003, the group has performed at concert venues, retirement homes, grange halls, ski resorts and music festivals. After Gallery Walk, the Valentine-making project will be open to visitors during all regular River Garden hours (10 -5, Mon.-Fri.) through Valentines Day, Fri., Feb. 14. On that day, the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus will perform as part of the River Garden’s daily noon-hour Brown Bag Lunch series. Vendor tables are available in the River Garden during the Gallery Walk event for businesses or organizations wishing to share their own Valentines with the crowd. For table reservations, call Kristen Fledderjohn at 802.246.0982. The project was funded by a Kickstarter that exceeded its goal with total contributions of $550, which covers project supplies. *** INFO: Kristen Fledderjohn,...

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Slow Living Summit 2014: June 4-6

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in Featured Slider, Whats New | Comments Off on Slow Living Summit 2014: June 4-6

Slow Living Summit 2014: June 4-6

Registration is now open for the 2014 Slow Living Summit, taking place June 4-6 in downtown Brattleboro. The Summit is a unique intergenerational conversation about life, health, happiness, money, community, soil, soul, food, arts, and story. Exploring more mindful communities: The Slow Living Summit is a conference focused on the development of nurturing and mutually supportive communities, bioregions and economic systems. It happens each year just before Stroll Weekend, in the congenial environs of downtown Brattleboro. Visit the Summit website for more...

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VCRD honors Stroll’s Orly Munzing with Community Leadership Award

Posted by on Dec 17, 2013 in Whats New | Comments Off on VCRD honors Stroll’s Orly Munzing with Community Leadership Award

VCRD honors Stroll’s Orly Munzing with Community Leadership Award

The Vermont Council on Rural Development has presented its 2013 Vermont Community Leadership Award to Orly Munzing, founder and executive director of Strolling of the Heifers. The award was announced on Tuesday, Dec. 17 during the Council’s 2013 Summit on the Future of Vermont’s Working Landscape held at Vermont Technical College in Randolph, Vt. Presenting the award was Bob Ackland, VCRD Board Chair, together with Chuck Ross, VCRD Board member and Vermont Secretary of Agriculture, and Roger Allbee, former Secretary of Agriculture. In presenting the award, Allbee said, “She’s committed, she has energy, she has compassion, she has unlimited leadership skills, she has a sense of community, she’s an educator, and she gets things done.” The VT Community Leadership Award is presented each year to celebrate Vermonters who exemplify “dedication, integrity and honorable service to community and to rural Vermont,” and who have had a “transformational” effect on their communities. Previous recipients include Al Stevens from Wells River (2005), Edgar May of Springfield (2006), and Monica Greene of Alburgh (2007), Robert McBride and Richard Ewald of Bellows Falls (2008), The Center for an Agricultural Economy in Hardwick (2009), and Al and Marcia Perry of Richford Vermont (2011) and the Rutland Creative Economy team in 2012. VCRD is a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of the locally-defined progress of Vermont’s rural communities. VCRD is a dynamic partnership of federal, state, local, non-profit and private partners. Actively non-partisan with an established reputation for community-based facilitation, VCRD is uniquely positioned to sponsor and coordinate collaborative efforts across governmental and organizational categories concerned with policy questions of rural import. Since its inception in 1992, VCRD has built a profile of rural policy leadership that is grounded by work in local communities and extends to collaborative partnerships with the highest levels of state and federal programs. On the Web: www.vtrural.org Strolling of the Heifers is a non-profit organization, founded in 2001, with the mission of connecting people with healthy local food and adding to their understanding of the value of local food systems and sustainable, resilient communities. Its signature event is the annual Strolling of the Heifers Parade and festival, which draws over 50,000 people to Brattleboro, Vermont in June each year. Its year-round cycle of events also includes the Slow Living Summit, an annual conference about healthy, resilient, sharing communities; the Vermont Farm/Food Business Plan Competition with $90,000 in funding for innovative, entrepreneurial business plans; the annual Locavore Index ranking the 50 states in terms of their commitment to local food; a new Farm/Food Education Center under development in downtown Brattleboro, and other projects and events. On the Web:...

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Vermont’s Organic Farming Pioneers

Posted by on Dec 15, 2013 in Whats New | Comments Off on Vermont’s Organic Farming Pioneers

Vermont’s Organic Farming Pioneers

We were honored to host a number of Vermont’s organic farming pioneers at a celebration at Brattleboro’s Latchis Theatre in November 2013. In case you missed it, here’s a video of the entire event, filmed for us by Kip Tewskbury of Brattleboro Community...

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Stroll plans Farm/Food Education Center at River Garden

Posted by on Nov 15, 2013 in Our Portfolio, Whats New | Comments Off on Stroll plans Farm/Food Education Center at River Garden

Stroll plans Farm/Food Education Center at River Garden

River garden rental information In a real estate transaction completed on Thursday, Nov. 14, Strolling of the Heifers has acquired the Robert H. Gibson River Garden property on Main Street in downtown Brattleboro. The building was sold by Building a Better Brattleboro, the organization that built it in 2001 and has operated it since then. Orly Munzing, founder and executive director of Strolling of the Heifers, announced that Strolling of the Heifers would launch a Farm/Food Education Center at the River Garden, with year-round programming, exhibits and events related to farming, local food and food systems. The Stroll’s vision for the River Garden, Munzing said, is for it to be the focal point of the Brattleboro region’s local foods economy, while continuing to serve multiple public purposes, being open on an daily basis, and available on a rental basis for community events and private functions as it has in the past. In a statement, Strolling of the Heifers outlined its vision for the River Garden: “We imagine the River Garden, a few years after we assume stewardship, becoming widely known as a destination — as a place for discovery. People will come here to learn about Vermont’s agricultural legacy, its current agricultural economy, and its agricultural future. A visit to the River Garden will tell people how the local food system in our region works: what farmers produce; how it is aggregated and distributed; what kinds of businesses process and add value to local farm products; where our local farm and food products are distributed, sold and consumed; how to use more local food at home, in restaurants and institutional kitchens; and how farmers, consumers and regions benefit when they actively strengthen local food networks. Visitors will encounter the story of a rich legacy, a set of bright opportunities, and a promising future of sustainable enterprises. “And, in a year-round cycle of programs and events, many people from all walks of life can come to the River Garden learn more about food, cooking and nutrition; to enjoy films, lectures, farm-to-Main Street meals and tastings; to take part in workshops, classes and courses; and to attend a wide variety of other events.” To accomplish this, the River Garden will: • Feature both permanent and changing exhibits relating to local farms and food, including art exhibits • Host classes, lectures and meetings focused on local food and healthy living • Present information on sustainable living and resilient communities through intergenerational, multi-disciplinary dialogues and idea exchanges • Be the site of Farm-to-Main Street events: Strolling of the Heifers farm-to-table meals, and other new kinds of events in the Stroll’s list of programs • Continue to host the Winter Farmers market organized by Post Oil Solutions • Provide space for events and activities of Vermont Technical College and Community College of Vermont that may not fit in their space at the Brooks House • Present the community with art, music, dance and dramatic events. In addition, the River Garden’s continuing role as a public resource will include: • Continuation and enhancement of its function as a Waypoint Center with tourist information • Availability of public restrooms and a place for visitors to rest and relax • Space rentals to a wide variety of organizations for events of all kinds • Availability for private...

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The Heifers are Coming to Town!

Posted by on Oct 3, 2013 in Whats New | Comments Off on The Heifers are Coming to Town!

The Heifers are Coming to Town!

Singer/songwriter/farmer Alan Greenleaf has been a friend of the Stroll since Day One. He and his pal, piano player Jonathan Kaplan, perform as the duo Alan Greenleaf and the Doctor at events during every Stroll Weekend. Way back when, performing with Derrik Jordan, Alan wrote and recorded the Stroll theme song “The Heifers are Coming to Town.” Click here to experience this catchy tune: The Heifers are Coming to...

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What do you know about yogurt?

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Whats New | Comments Off on What do you know about yogurt?

What do you know about yogurt?

OUR YOGURT SPONSORS At Green Mountain Creamery, we strive to balance a history of artisanal yogurt making with today’s newest technologies to create the ultimate dairy treat. All Natural Nonfat Plain Greek Greek Vanilla Greek FOB Peach Greek FOB Strawberry Greek FOB Blueberry Greek FOB Pineapple Greek FOB Black Cherry Greek Maple Cabot Creamery Cooperative’s Greek-Style Yogurt is a thick, creamy, decadent yogurt that is equally enjoyable by itself, as a rub, or as an ingredient in rich, creamy sauces, dips or main dishes. Plain Lowfat Plain Lowfat Blueberry Lowfat Vanilla Bean Lowfat Strawberry Lowfat Black Cherry Lowfat Peach A most versatile food Deliciously creamy, smooth and good for you, yogurt is milk taken to a completely new level! We eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner, just plain or with granola and fruit sprinkled on top, maybe a little jam stirred in or as a base for baking, cooking and condiments. It’s hard to believe that yogurt has only been in this country for just over 100 years — we can’t imagine living without it! And what better way for farmers to add value to the wholesome milk they produce, giving us one more way to enjoy the benefits of dairy. Our sponsors, Commonwealth Dairy’s Green Mountain Creamery and Cabot Creamery Cooperative, make award-winning yogurts in our Green Mountain State. Check out their websites for information on yogurt types and flavors, the benefits of eating yogurt as well as some great...

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Fall CSA showcase and celebration of organic pioneers

Posted by on Sep 12, 2013 in Whats New | Comments Off on Fall CSA showcase and celebration of organic pioneers

Fall CSA showcase and celebration of organic pioneers

Please join us for our fall CSA Showcase and “A Celebration of Vermont’s Organic Farming Pioneers” at the Latchis Theatre on Sunday, Nov. 10 at from 4 to 6 p.m. Come and listen to the colorful stories of the founding farmers of the organic movement that began in Vermont! The event features an on-stage moderated discussion with farmers who were the subject of a photographic essay created by farmer/photographer John Nopper and Susan Harlow, along with a lobby exhibit showcasing regional CSA farmers. Moderated by former Vermont secretary of agriculture Roger Allbee, the discussion will feature Vermont farmers Jack and Anne Lazor of Butterworks Farm, Westfield; Joey Klein of Littlewood Farm, Plainfield; Howard Prussack of High Meadows Farm, Putney; Jake and Liz Guest of Killdeer Farm, Norwich; Bruce Kaufman of Riverside Farm, East Hardwick; and Paul Harlow of the Harlow Farm, Westminster. Nopper and Susan Harlow’s photo essay, consisting of black and white photographs and text, has been exhibited at the Stroll’s Farm Art show at the Works Bakery Café last June, as well as several other venues. The photos will be shown on-screen during the event. “These farmers truly broke new ground when they got started in the 1970s and 80s,” Allbee said. “All of Vermont was originally farmed organically, of course, but virtually all farms had turned to chemical pesticides and fertilizers. These organic pioneers learned by trial and error how to restore the soil and return to natural methods of farming. That’s what makes them pioneers.” The discussion will cover not only the history of the organic revival, but the future: how organic farming fits in with the new movements around sustainability and resilience, and what new generations of organic farmers can add to what the pioneers launched. CSA’s are community-supported agricultural ventures. CSA members or subscribers pay at the onset of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest; once harvesting begins, they receive weekly shares of vegetables and fruit. In the lobby before, during and after the discussion, a number of regional CSAs will exhibit, offer samples, and provide information about their winter and spring/summer farm share programs. Among the participating CSA farms are: New Leaf CSA, Robb Family Farm, Circle Mountain Farm, Akaogi Farm, Wild Carrot Farm, Rambling Brook Farm, Hillside Springs Farm, and Guerrilla Grown...

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Know your cheesemaker!

Posted by on Jul 19, 2013 in Whats New | Comments Off on Know your cheesemaker!

Know your cheesemaker!

Did you visit our 2013 Cheese Village at the Slow Living Expo? If so, you connected with cheese makers and cheese sellers from around New England. Coordinated by our sponsors the Brattleboro Food Co-op, Grafton Village Cheese Company and the Putney Food Co-op, the Cheese Village is a favorite place to have a taste, learn about and share your thoughts on many special cheeses from both large and small producers. CHEESE VILLAGE SPONSORS THE BRATTLEBORO FOOD CO-OP is community-owned, with over 6,000 active shareholders, and our goal is to be as accessible and responsive to you as possible. We strive to provide you with quality foods at reasonable prices, in a relaxed and friendly environment. ___________________________ THE PUTNEY FOOD CO-OP is one of the oldest co-ops in the country, founded in 1941. Today we are a community marketplace and deli offering a diverse selection of quality products with a friendly and knowledgeable staff. ___________________________ GRAFTON VILLAGE CHEESE COMPANY produces handmade, raw milk cheeses with premium milk collected from small family farms. We welcome you to visit us in Brattleboro or Grafton, Vermont, where we have retail stores and viewing windows into the cheesemaking rooms. ___________________________ CABOT CREAMERY is a cooperative of 1,200 dairy farm families located throughout upstate New York and New England, producing award-winning cheeses, made with love and pride;  the best premium butter, churned with care; light cheddars, flavored cheddars, rich Greek-style yogurt, cottage cheese and sour cream. OTHER CHEESE RESOURCES: The Vermont Cheese Council’s Vermont Cheese Trail Map — use it to plan an expedition to nearby cheesemakers in any part of Vermont — meet your cheesemaker, learn how your cheese is made, sample and purchase! The New Hampshire Cheese Makers: Directory | Wine and Cheese Trail (PDF) Massachusetts Wine and Cheese Map Our lucky winner This year we asked Cheese Village visitors to fill out a “Tasting Notes” sheet as they sampled their way through the tasting tent. These notes and comments were very helpful and appreciated by all of our special producers.  Gretchen Rude of Brattleboro was the lucky winner of the $75 Gift Basket from Cabot Cheese – we’re sure she’s enjoying it! Explore and enjoy! Here are the cheeses that were available for tasting at or Cheese Village, including  links to the producers’ web pages so you can get more information, and place orders while you are at it! You can always stop by the Brattleboro Food Co-op, Putney Food Co-op and Grafton Village Cheese to sample and ask questions about these and many other cheeses! And of course, plan an expedition to the cheese makers themselves to learn more about how it is made and to try other varieties. Grafton Village Cheese Company, Brattleboro & Grafton, VT Maple Smoked Cheddar — Cold-smoked over smoldering maplewood chips for up to four hours, our smoked cheddar is transformed into a smooth, smoky delicacy that’s both subtle and flavorful. 2 year Aged Cheddar — Boldly complex with immediate impact, this full-flavored cheese is imbued with that distinctive cheddar “bite” that’s balanced by a sweet, creamy finish. 4 year Aged Cheddar — This outstanding cheddar has a pronounced, mature flavor, smooth finish, and a crumbly texture that makes aged cheese lovers sing. Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Cabot, VT Seriously Sharp Cheddar — Brace yourself for the intensely tangy, nutty and complex flavor that this cheddar has to offer....

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Stroll’s Plein Air Farm Art show sets closing reception

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in Whats New | Comments Off on Stroll’s Plein Air Farm Art show sets closing reception

Stroll’s Plein Air Farm Art show sets closing reception

Please join us for a closing reception celebrating the Strolling of the Heifers Plein Air Farm Art show  during Gallery Walk, Friday evening July 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Vermont Artisan Designs, downtown Brattleboro. The gallery will also be introducing new exhibits of folk art by Warren Kimble and graffiti art by Scott Borofsky. “Plein air” painting means painting out in the open — in this case, on the farm. The juried exhibit organized by local artist Deborah Lazar assembled works painted at Brattleboro-area farms during the months of April and May. The plein air painting group included Deborah Lazar, Caryn King, Nancy Calicchio Mary Iselin, Marjorie Sayer, Karen Becker, Heidi Lorenze, Linn Bower and Georgie. They painted at Lilac Ridge Farm and the Robb Family Farm, West Brattleboro, and the Franklin Farm in Guilford. All works are for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Strolling of the Heifers Farm/Food Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fund. Vermont Artisan Designs is located at 106 Main Street, Brattleboro. Online:...

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Business Plan Competition: awards ceremony video

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in Whats New | Comments Off on Business Plan Competition: awards ceremony video

Business Plan Competition: awards ceremony video

The awards ceremony concluding our 2013 Vermont Farm/Food Business Plan Competition took place at Marlboro College Graduate Center in Brattleboro on Wednesday afternoon, June 5. Thanks to Brattleboro Community Television for this coverage: More info: Press release: Click here for 2013 winners announcement. Info: 2013 Competition information, timeline, rules Video: Orientation workshop for 2013 first-round contestants Map: Video workshops locations List of past winners Donate: Why support the competition? Watch for an announcement in December 2013 or January 2014 about the 2014...

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The Great New England Quiche Cookoff: Winners and their recipes

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in Whats New | Comments Off on The Great New England Quiche Cookoff: Winners and their recipes

The Great New England Quiche Cookoff: Winners and their recipes

Our 2013 culinary competition, the Great New England Quiche Cookoff, attracted entries from far and wide. The judges narrowed it down to a set of finalists, tasted their creations, and then the public weighed in to select the People’s Choice Award. The awards were presented by Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, along with Phyllis Trier, Cookoff organizer, and Orly Munzing, founder and executive director of Strolling of the heifers. Here are the winners, and with their recipes: First Place & People’s Choice Award Winner: Easter Quiche, from Tara Sullivan of Brattleboro Ingredients: CRUST 1 1/2 cups King Arthur All Purpose Flour 1/2 cup Vermont Creamery butter 1 tsp. salt 1 Tbsp Vermont maple syrup 5 Tbsp. buttermilk FILLING 4 organic Pete and Gerry’s eggs 1 1/2 cups organic whole milk 3 Tbsp. flour 1/4 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. white pepper 1/4 tsp nutmeg 1/4 tsp. dry mustard 1 medium organic yellow onion 1 lb. fresh organic spinach 1/4 cup grated Grafton 2 yr. cheddar 1/4 cup Cabot cottage cheese 1/4 cup ricotta cheese 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese Preparation: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F Steam spinach for 5 minutes in one inch of water. Drain into collander and let it cool. Sqeeze water out of spinach when cool. Chop onion and saute in 2Tbsp. butter until very soft. This can simmer as you prepare the other ingredients. CRUST- Add flour and salt to bowl of a food processor. cut butter into rough pieces and add to flour. Pulse mixture until it resembles course meal. Add maple syrup and buttermilk and pulse until dough comes together into a ball. Do not over mix. Remove dough, form into flattened disk, wrap in wax paper and refridgerate. Wash food processor now, as you will need it again for the spinach cheese mixture. Combine eggs, milk, flour, salt, pepper, nutmeg and dry mustard in large bowl. Whisk to combine well. Squeeze spinach to remove excess liquid and place into bowl of food processor. Add cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, and fets cheese. Pulse to combine ingredients and to chop spinach into small pieces. Place spinach cheese mixture into large bowl containing milk mixture and whisk to combine. Let this mixture sit while you roll out the dough. Roll out pie dough on floured bowl and fit into 9 inch pie plate. Tuck edges under and crimp. Sprinkle 1/4 cup Grafton cheddar onto pie crust. Sprinkle sauted onions around on top of cheese. Gently pour filling into crust and immediately place in preheated oven Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375. Bake for another 30-40 minutes, until custard had set and the middle of the quiche does not jiggle when wiggled! The story of this quiche: I was hosting Easter lunch at our house this year. My family is not fond of ham, my relatives were coming from Rhode Island where the seafood is fresh and we are all tired of chicken. I decided I would serve up a lunch created around Spanikopita, a delicous and hearty vegetarian delight. We would have tzatziki, olives, pita and hummus and, of course, hard boiled eggs. After enjoying the trappings of the visit from the Bunny and the homemade Hot Cross buns, we all went for a beautiful morning hike. I had my menu...

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Strolling of the Heifers Parade 2013: a photo gallery

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Strolling of the Heifers Parade 2013: a photo gallery

Tens of thousands of people from near and far lined the parade route in Brattleboro on Saturday, June 8 to celebrate farmers and local food. Here’s a look at just some of what they saw. Photos by Kelly Fletcher and Jesse Baker. More parade pictures at our Flickr...

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Slow Living Expo 2013: a photo gallery

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Featured Slider, Whats New | Comments Off on Slow Living Expo 2013: a photo gallery

Slow Living Expo 2013: a photo gallery

After the Parade, the crowd follows the heifers, bands and floats to the Slow Living Expo, for food, fun, exhibits, and of course, to meet the heifers, and other animals, up close and personal! Photos by Kelly Fletcher. More parade pictures at our Flickr...

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Tour de Heifer 2013: a photo gallery

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Featured Slider, Whats New | Comments Off on Tour de Heifer 2013: a photo gallery

Tour de Heifer 2013: a photo gallery

More than 240 cyclists joined us at the 2013 Tour de Heifer, beginning and ending at beautiful Lilac Ridge Farm in West Brattleboro. Save the date for next year’s Tour: June 8, 2014! Photos by  Jeremy Jones. More Tour de Heifer pictures at our Flickr...

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Quiche Cookoff and Street Festival 2013: a photo gallery

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Whats New | Comments Off on Quiche Cookoff and Street Festival 2013: a photo gallery

Quiche Cookoff and Street Festival 2013: a photo gallery

Rain dampened outdoor activities at our Friday night Street Festival, but the crowd visited the outdoor vendors and enjoyed selecting the People’s Choice winner in our Quiche Cookoff at the River Garden, where Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin announced the results. Photos by Kelly Fletcher and Jesse Baker. More pictures at our Flickr...

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Winners are announced in Stroll Business Plan Competition

Posted by on Jun 11, 2013 in Whats New | Comments Off on Winners are announced in Stroll Business Plan Competition

Winners are announced in Stroll Business Plan Competition

A total of $60,000 in prize awards have been announced in the 2013 Strolling of the Heifers Vermont Business Plan Competition. The competition is a collaboration of Strolling of the Heifers, a Brattleboro-based local foods advocacy organization, and Vermont Technical College, with additional partnership contributions by Vermont Small Business Development Center, Southern Vermont Community Action, and Vermont Interactive Television. The competition features three divisions: one for existing businesses, one for new businesses and one for business plans by college students. The winners are as follows: In the new business category: First Place, $10,000:  Robbins Mountain Enterprise, Gabriel O’Malley Second Place: $8,000:  Mosaic Organic, Bonnie Paris Third Place, $5,000:  Terra Funga, Peter Winslow Runners-up, $1,500 each:  Whole Fire Farm, Susan Monahan; and Will Aldrich In the existing business category: First Place $10,000: Evening Song Farm, Kara Fitzgerald, Ryan Wood-Beauchamp Second Place, $8,000:  Wild Flour Vermont Bakery, Patricia Austin Third, $5,000:  Garden Arts Fresh Market & Country Store, Stephen Burzon Runners-up, $1,500 each:  Fat Toad Farm, Calley Hastings; and Pastabilities, Dan Roscioli In the student category: First Place, $4,000:  Connor Killigrew Second Place, $2,000:  Meg Urie Third Place, $1,000:  AnnaJo Smith The competition received nearly 120 registrations resulting in 104 completed initial applications, of which 60 submitted the required first-round business prospectuses. From these, 14 finalists were selected. On June 5, the finalists made presentations to panels of judges at Marlboro College Graduate School in Brattleboro. Judges selected finalists based on such criteria as: likelihood of success and job creation (direct or indirect). For instance, will the proposed business or expansion create new jobs opportunities, or positively affect other businesses such as suppliers or distributors, or make an ancillary impact such as drawing tourists to the area. A total of 18 community members volunteered as judges for the competition. Each judge sat on a six-member panel, which was responsible for reviewing and rating submissions and selecting finalists in one of the four designated subdivisions of the competition. The judges represent multiple business sectors including finance, agriculture and food processing. Finalists will had access to assistance in preparing their business plans and presentations from Vermont Small Business Development Center and Southeast Vermont Community Action. Each finalist will also receive a copy of “The Plan: A Step-By-Step Business Plan Workbook” from VSBDC. The competition was open to for-profit businesses throughout Vermont. New and existing businesses will compete in separate categories, and there is a student division as well. Existing businesses are defined as those who have operated for 6 months or more and have revenue up to $500,000. New businesses are in the early concept stage or in operation for less than 6 months, with minimal revenue. The student category was open to any student or team of students enrolled at a Vermont college-level institution. Strolling of the Heifers, based in Brattleboro, Vermont, was founded in 2001 with the goal of helping to save and sustain family farms by connecting people with healthy local food. Annually in June, it presents the Strolling of the Heifers Parade, in which heifer calves and other farm animals, bedecked with flowers, are led up Brattleboro’s Main Street. When it’s over, the crowd follows the parade to the Slow Living Expo for food, entertainment, education, and fun. Both the parade and expo and the main financial vehicle that...

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Strolling of the Heifers welcomes Merchants Bank as 2013 Presenting Sponsor

Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Whats New | Comments Off on Strolling of the Heifers welcomes Merchants Bank as 2013 Presenting Sponsor

Strolling of the Heifers welcomes Merchants Bank as 2013 Presenting Sponsor

Strolling of the Heifers has announced that Merchants Bank will be the Presenting Sponsor of the upcoming parade, Farm/Food Business Plan competition, Slow Living Summit and Tour de Heifer bicycle race. “Merchants Bank became a partner with Strolling of the Heifers because we share local values,” said Sandy Bartlett, Vice President and Regional Banking Manager. “Vermont ranks first in the country when it comes to people caring about where their food comes from, and we believe people also care about where their banking comes from.” Stroll Weekend takes place in Brattleboro June 7-9.  The world-famous Strolling of the Heifers Parade is the centerpiece on Saturday, June 8, followed by the all-day, 11-acre Slow Living Expo. An awards ceremony announcing the winner of the Farm/Food Business Plan competition will be held on June 5, followed by the Slow Living Summit, a three-day conference on sustainable living and resilient communities, being held June 5-7. “Having local businesses like Merchants Bank involved with people who are passionate about local food helps strengthen our local economy,” said Orly Munzing, the Stroll’s founder and executive director. “We know that Merchants Bank shares the community values of Strolling of the Heifers, and their statewide presence will be a great fit as we continue to foster innovation with businesses throughout Vermont.” Established in 1849, Merchants Bank is the largest Vermont-based bank, independent and locally operated. Consumer, business, municipal and investment customers enjoy personalized relationships, sophisticated online and mobile banking options, more than 30 community bank locations statewide, plus a nationwide network of over 55,000 surcharge-free Allpoint ATMs. Merchants Bank (Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender, NASDAQ “MBVT”), and Merchants Trust Company employ approximately 300 full-time employees and 40 part-time employees statewide. www.mbvt.com Strolling of the Heifers, based in Brattleboro, Vermont, was founded in 2001 with the goal of helping to save and sustain family farms by connecting people with healthy local food. Annually in June, it presents the Strolling of the Heifers Parade, in which heifer calves and other farm animals, bedecked with flowers, are led up Brattleboro’s Main Street. When it’s over, the crowd follows the parade to the Slow Living Expo for food, entertainment, education, and fun. Both the parade and expo are the main financial vehicles supporting the year round initiatives that support the mission of Strolling of the Heifers.  Annually, Strolling of the Heifers also presents the Slow Living Summit conference in Brattleboro focused on sustainable economies, communities and policies.  The annual farm/food business plan competition began in 2011 as a local contest organized in partnership with the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, with a vision to expand statewide. On the web: www.strollingoftheheifers.com....

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Stroll Weekend 2013 entertainers

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in SOTH Important Information, Whats New | Comments Off on Stroll Weekend 2013 entertainers

Stroll Weekend 2013 entertainers

See schedule on our Weekend Entertainment listings page. Here are some details about our 2013 performers: Alan Greenleaf and the Doctor Singer-songwriter Alan Greenleaf is one of Vermont’s most prolific and beloved songwriters. Robert Resnik considers Alan “the best songwriter in Vermont” He is a self taught finger picking guitar player whose songs and lyrics reflect the people and country around him. The stories he tells are greatly inspired by his years as a farmer in Northern Vermont . His music draws from many American traditions, including country, Appalachian, Blues and Jazz. And of course, he wrote the official song for the Strolling of the Heifers. Alan has been playing with “Doc” for a dozen years. Jonathan Kaplan is a classically trained pianist who fell for the blues and old time traditional American music, and his keyboard work provides an inspired backdrop for Alan’s stories. Together, they bring a wide variety of original ballads, rhythm and blues and moving melodies that is “Americana” music at its best. Alotta Hoopla Our mision is to inspire healthy happy presence through rhythmic revolving movements with these toys, tools and instruments for the bodies, minds and spirit of our world. Alotta Hoopla is created by spreading joy, health and consciousness through the playful, present movements of hooping. In spinning around the world, AH offers an experience of the spiraling rhythm revolving and evolving around and within us. When we are exposed to a pure expression of beauty we can experience the beauty within ourselves to explore, nurture and share. To master an art or simply witness it, is to recognize the creative force within all of us. Alotta Hoopla offers each hoop as a gift of divine possibilities. Atom Planet Atom Planet combines the sultry sonics of jazz with the fresh forward feel of pop music in their own unique sound. A mix of eclectic cover songs and zesty originals, their sound has been described as “eclectic acoustic world soul pop”, with “a little bit of kazoo”…. In the group: Libby – lead vocals, percussion, guitar, flute, melodian, kazoo; Bob Everingham – guitar, upright bass, accordion, mandolin, ukelele, banjo, vocals; Jay – upright bass, accordion, ukelele, keys, vocals Bhangra Let’s get the party started. Come dance the Bhangra on Main Street, CircusYoga Style! Love to dance? Got two left feet? Either way, this is the dance for you! You may have stumbled onto this Bollywood-style dancing event at previous Heifer Strolls. As with any CircusYoga experience, its easy to learn, has a good dose of hilarity and you and your friends will be “intoxicated with joy” (the very definition of Bhangra). CircusYoga is a Brattleboro based organization that offers joyful, creativity and relationship building opportunities through kids’ summer camps, in-school residencies, teacher trainings and more. Find out more at www.circusyoga.com. Brendan Carey- Block Brendan Carey-Block is a multi-faceted fiddler grounded in the musical traditions of New England and Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. He has been performing since the age of ten and has made many trips to Cape Breton to learn from master fiddlers and be immersed in the Scottish-based heritage of the island. Brendan has achieved wide recognition for his virtuosic fiddling and was named the U.S. National Junior Scottish Fiddle Champion for 2000 and 2001. In addition to his traditional repertoire of jigs, reels, and...

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Farm Art

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 in SOTH Important Information, Whats New | 0 comments

Farm Art

Starting during our Street Festival (Friday, June 6, 5:30-8:30 p.m.) and for the month of June, Strolling of the Heifers Farm Art exhibits will be on view at two Brattleboro locations: 1. Farm Art at the Works Bakery Café, 118 Main Street 2. Farm Art at the Gallery at the Garden, Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main Street Farm Art at the Works Bakery Café Brattleboro-West Arts is collaborating with Strolling of the Heifers on this show, which will be on view at The Works on Main Street for the month of June. The Stroll’s Farm Tour this year includes five very special farms, and Brattleboro-West Arts is visiting those farms to get inspiration for the artwork in the show. The farms are Deer Ridge Farm, the Bunker Farm, Cortland Hill Orchard, the Robb Family Farm and the Franklin Farm. The show will continue in July and August at the River Garden. This show will open with a public preview during the Gallery Walk & Street Festival, Friday evening, June 6 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participating artists are: Kris McDermet (fabric art: rug hooking and braiding) Gene Parulis, photography Walter Slowinski, ceramics and wood construction Janet Picard, painting Naomi Lindenfeld, ceramics Steve Lloyd, painting Jason Breen, woodwork Ron Karpius, painting/sculpture Sharon Myers, sculpture/printmaking. Here’s a sampling of what’s offered at this show!   Farm Art at the Gallery at the Garden, Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main Street 16” x 16” paintings by 25 area artists Strolling of the Heifers celebrates the opening of its new gallery at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden with the inaugural exhibit, “16 by 16 by 25”. The exhibit will be on view during the Gallery Walk & Street Festival, Friday evening, June 6 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., on Saturday morning, June 7, and during normal hours, weekdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Curated by artist Caryn King, the show presents the work of 25 artists, each of whom produced a 16-inch by 16-inch square painting on canvas. The paintings reflect a variety of subjects including still life, figurative, landscape, animals, and abstract. All paintings are for sale, with proceeds benefiting both the artists and Strolling of the Heifers. King reflected on the particular challenges of working with the 16-inch square canvases: “It’s actually harder than it might seem to be. Both artists and viewers have been trained to see things in horizontal or vertical rectangles. You see that in paintings and photographs as well as in the designs of buildings, books, furniture. Creating something that fits in a square doesn’t come naturally.” The artists included in the show are Marilyn Allen, Nancy Calicchio, Trudy Crites, Alicia Drakiotes, Janet Eldridge-Taylor, Esther Fielding, Georgie, Bobbie Groves, David Howell, Mary Iselin, Caryn King, Heidi M Lorenz, Paul Madalinski, Jim McGrath, Nancie Mclean, Steven Meyer, Meris Morrison, Scott Nelson, Janet Picard, Anne Sawyer, Lori Schreiner, Kristina Wentzell and Jen Wiechers. The paintings will remain on view until early July. The River Garden is normally open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5...

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Farm, Food & Fiber Tour

Posted by on Apr 15, 2013 in SOTH Important Information, Whats New | Comments Off on Farm, Food & Fiber Tour

Farm, Food & Fiber Tour

New for 2014: We’ll have information posted here very soon about a tour of five unique farms, taking place on Sunday, June 8. Meanwhile, most of the following information about farms you can visit throughout the season is still valid (and will be updated by mid-May, as well). Farmers, food and fiber producers/crafters in Windham County: If you wish to be included in this directory, please submit information in the format of the listings below to: strollingheifers@gmail.com.  1. BOYD FAMILY FARM 125 East Dover Road, Wilmington, VT 05363 (802) 464-5618 — boydfarm@sover.net — www.boydfamilyfarm.com We are a 5th Generation Hillside Farm located in the Deerfield Valley with wonderful view filled mowings perfect for family photos! If you are a gardener visit out New England Nursery & Greenhouses we offer a wide selection of unique plant material! On June 4th and 5th , 2013 we will have staff on hand all day to introduce you to “Veggie Tales and Unusual Starts” many new annual flower, vegetable and herb varieties that are perfect for home gardening! Regardless of whether you are limited by space or experience we are confident that we have a garden idea for you! Treat your family to a salad they helped to cultivate or a Bar-B-Q herb container to spice up those summer meals! We hope you will visit…take home a “Green Souvenir”…to remember your time in Vermont! Directions: Take Route 9 west to Wilmington VT. At the junction of Routes 9 and 100 take a right. Travel 4 miles north on Route 100. Turn right onto East Dover Road; go 6/10’s of a mile and the farm is on the right! 2. DEER RIDGE FARM AND FARM CAMP 4057 Hinesburg Road, Guilford, VT 05301 Jerry Smith and Lisa Holderness — (802) 254-3540 — deerridgefarm@comcast.net Jerry Smith has grown berries, sugared and raised hens organically since he was a boy. Lisa Holderness joined him on the farm in 2000. They have a sugarhouse, farmstand, and new wood-heated greenhouse for plant sales. They specialize in perfectly picked strawberries, specialty cut flowers for the stand and arranging for weddings and events, year-round spinach and “other hard-to-pick” crops. They also have organically fed pastured hens and honeybees and host a Farm Camp and workshops on season extension and energy efficiency. They are well known for their Farmers’ Market display every Saturday from May 4-October 26 and their use of renewable energy on the farm. Directions: From Brattleboro, head west on Route 9/Western Avenue. In the center of West Brattleboro turn left onto Greenleaf Street at the 7-Eleven. Follow signs for 4.8 miles to our driveway on the left. On Sunday, June 9, go behind the scenes at this Hinesburg Road farm where they grow organic berries, cut flowers, veggies and host school field trips and a unique youth empowerment camp. Jerry Smith and his wife Lisa will share how they grow flowers and delicious strawberries and vegetables in their fields and solar hoophouses, and their new seedling greenhouse.  They will share decades of knowledge on organic growing, favorite varieties, and solar/sustainable technology. Guests are also invited to explore the paths around the gardens, strawberry fields and orchard on their own and bring a lawn chair or picnic lunch just to enjoy the view from the hill.  Louisa Engle, Farm Camp Leader, will be...

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The Stroll is named one of America’s Top 10 Summer Festivals!

Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 in SOTH Important Information, Whats New | Comments Off on The Stroll is named one of America’s Top 10 Summer Festivals!

The Stroll is named one of America’s Top 10 Summer Festivals!

BRATTLEBORO, VT (May 3, 2013) — Strolling of the Heifers is honored to named one of the Top 10 Summer Festivals in the United States by Livability.com, a national website that ranks quality of life and travel amenities of America’s small and mid-sized cities. Here’s a link to Livability’s listing for the Stroll. In the announcement, Livability editor Matt Carmichael said, “The best summer festivals not only encourage tourism, but also engage and inspire residents. That community spirit drives the festival’s success and is often reflected in the festival’s character.” Strolling of the Heifers has celebrated farmers and advocated for local foods since 2002 with its annual agriculturally-themed weekend festival, taking place in Brattleboro June 7-9 this year. The festival’s centerpiece is the Strolling of the Heifers Parade on Saturday, June 8 followed by the all-day Slow Living Expo featuring local food, fun, entertainment and educational exhibits. Just before “Stroll Weekend”, the organization is organizing its third annual Slow Living Summit, a conference focused on sustainable living and resilient communities. The conference takes place in downtown Brattleboro, June 5-7. For the 2013 list, Livability editors looked for those summer festivals most connected to their host cities’ identities in terms of theme, the experiences to be had and community participation. Editors also factored in the region’s other tourist attractions and amenities that may enhance the itineraries of festival-goers. Livability selected Strolling of the Heifers because “the Stroll” helps reinforce Brattleboro’s branding efforts, increases tourism, fosters community pride and helps raise money for worthy causes. Proceeds from all Stroll events currently benefit the Vermont-wide Strolling of the Heifers Farm-Food Business Plan Competition, which offers $60,000 in prizes to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in Vermont’s agricultural and food production sectors. The finals of the competition, held in partnership with Vermont Technical College, will take place at Brattleboro’s Marlboro College Graduate Center on Wednesday, June 5. In the past, Strolling of the Heifers has also provided microloans for farmers, offered educational grants to teachers, and launched a youth internship program at local farms. All of these programs have been carried on by other organizations. Recently, Livability also named Brattleboro as one of the Top 10 Small Towns in the United States, in third place. Here is the full list of Summer Festivals chosen by Livability: 1. Cheyenne Frontier Days – Cheyenne, WY 2. Portland Rose Festival – Portland, OR 3. Virginia Highlands Festival – Abingdon, VA 4. AthFest Music & Arts Festival – Athens, GA 5. Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – State College, PA 6. CMA Music Festival – Nashville, TN 7. Mudbug Madness Festival – Shreveport, LA 8. Strolling of the Heifers – Brattleboro, VT 9. Papillion Days – Papillion, NE 10. Sweet Pea Festival – Bozeman,...

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Locavore Index 2013

Posted by on Apr 8, 2013 in Locavore Index, Whats New | 0 comments

Locavore Index 2013

Click here for the 2015 Locavore Index. Originally published April 8, 2013 BRATTLEBORO, VT — How does your state stack up against all the others when it comes to availability and consumption of locally-produced foods? Strolling of the Heifers has the answer. The Vermont-based local food advocacy group has released its second annual Strolling of the Heifers Locavore Index, ranking the 50 states and the District of Columbia in terms of their commitment to local foods. Using recent indicator data from multiple sources, the Index incorporates farmers markets, consumer-supported agriculture operations (CSAs) and food hubs in its per-capita comparison of consumers’ interest in eating locally-sourced foods — also known as locavorism. The top five states for locavorism, according to the Index, in order, are Vermont (first), Maine, New Hampshire, North Dakota and Iowa, while the bottom five are Texas (last), Florida, Louisiana, Arizona and Nevada. Strolling of the Heifers executive director Orly Munzing said the purpose of the Index is to encourage local food efforts in every state. “There are so many ways to do that,” she said, “not just with farmers markets and CSAs, but by supporting Farm-To-School programs, urging local hospitals and nursing homes to purchase local foods, asking supermarkets to buy from local farms, and of course, celebrating and honoring our farmers whenever we can.” Farmers markets are generally cooperative efforts to market locally produced food in a central location where consumers can select and purchase food from multiple farm enterprises. A CSA is a cooperative agreement between farmers and consumers; consumer buy shares in the farm’s output and have some say in what is grown. When crops come in, they are divided among shareholders according to the volume of their shares, and the rest may be sold at market. CSA farmers get revenue in advance to cover costs of tilling, soil preparation and seed. Shareholders get fresh produce grown locally and contribute to sustainable farming practices. Food hubs are facilities that handle the aggregation, distribution and marketing of foods from a group of farms and food producers in a region. Food hubs are often cooperatively owned, though many are private enterprises. The Index used data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (its farmers markets database, which is updated monthly, and a food hubs database); the U.S. Census bureau (July 2012 estimates of population); and California-based local food resource directory LocalHarvest (its frequently-updated database of CSAs). Vermont’s top ranking in the Index reflects both its agricultural heritage and the state’s economic strategies, which place a high priority on initiatives related to food and agriculture. “Vermont should be proud of its number one ranking, and the leadership role our state is playing in the area of community-supported agriculture,” Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross said. “A strong local food system creates economic opportunities, preserves the working landscape, serves the nutritional needs of a region, and provides a point of connection for the community.” Ross also noted: “As we look towards the future, there is much more work to do — all the states need to work together to support this critical transformation, which will determine our ability to feed ourselves in the future.” Strolling of the Heifers has celebrated farmers and advocated for local foods since 2002 with its annual agriculturally-themed Strolling of the Heifers Parade in...

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Strolling of the Heifers explores River Garden role

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in How We Help, Whats New | Comments Off on Strolling of the Heifers explores River Garden role

Strolling of the Heifers explores River Garden role

BRATTLEBORO, VT — Strolling of the Heifers, which operated under the non-profit umbrella of Building a Better Brattleboro when it presented its first parade and festival in 2002, is developing a proposal to assume responsibility for the Robert H. River Garden from BaBB. While details of the proposal are still being worked out and a formal proposal has not yet been submitted, the Stroll’s priority for the River Garden will be to maintain the building as a community resource, according to Orly Munzing, founder and executive director of the organization. BaBB’s board has decided it must divest its interest in the building in order to focus on its core mission of downtown revitalization, but it has expressed the hope that the building can continue to be used in ways that contribute to downtown vitality. “The River Garden is a jewel in the crown of downtown Brattleboro,” Munzing said. “It’s a great location and a great space. If we are successful in becoming the designated steward of the building, it will continue to be available for all kinds of public events, while allowing Strolling of the Heifers to expand our own roster of events and programs.” Strolling of the Heifers is considering a number of improvements and expansions to the building, including the installation of a small commercial kitchen, installation of air conditioning, and construction of additional space to house the Stroll’s own office. The Waypoint information center for tourists would be maintained, and Munzing said she hopes that BaBB would maintain its office in the building as well. The Stroll’s own mission is to help support, sustain and celebrate family farmers by connecting people with healthy local food. It does this through multiple events on “Stroll Weekend” in June, including the Strolling of the Heifers Parade, the Slow Living Expo, and the Tour de Heifer. In addition, Strolling of the Heifers partners with Vermont Technical College in presenting the statewide Vermont Farm/Food Business Plan Competition with $60,000 in prizes to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship at farm and food enterprises. The Stroll also organizes the annual Slow Living Summit, a downtown Brattleboro conference focused on sustainable living and resilient communities. The Stroll has used the River Garden in presenting many of these events and programs, and Munzing said that managing the building would present the opportunity to develop and host additional events furthering its mission, including local food tastings and dinners, lectures, concerts, classes and exhibits. The building would continue to be open for events of other organizations, including the Winter Farmers Market operated by Post Oil Solutions. And rest assured, the restrooms would continue to be available to the public whenever the building is open. The Stroll also plans to work with Vermont Technical College and Vermont Community College to use the building as resource once the two colleges begin offering classes in the Brooks House. Brattleboro Reformer photo used by...

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WCAX features Farm/Food Business Plan Competition

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in Business Plan Competition, Whats New | 0 comments

WCAX features Farm/Food Business Plan Competition

Here’s a segment on WCAX-TV, Burlington VT, featuring Stroll founder & executive Director Orly Munzing and Steve Paddock of Vermont Technical College, competition coordinator, speaking about the Vermont Farm Food Business Plan Competition: WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and...

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Vermont BBQ

Posted by on Jan 8, 2013 in Whats New | 0 comments

Vermont BBQ

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2013 Vermont Farm/Food Business Plan Competition

Posted by on Nov 20, 2012 in Whats New | 0 comments

2013 Vermont Farm/Food Business Plan Competition

Strolling of the Heifers and Vermont Technical College team up to present the 2013 Vermont Farm/Food Business Plan Competition with multiple prizes totaling $60,000. About the Competition The application deadline has now passed. For information about the competition, please contact the coordinator: Steve Paddock, Director, Vermont Tech Enterprise Center, Business Incubator, Randolph Center, VT, SPaddock@vtc.vsc.edu, 802 728-9101. The orientation workshop video is now available for viewing. _________________________________________________________ This competition, open to farms, food producers and forestry businesses throughout Vermont, seeks to encourage business formation and growth throughout Vermont by helping business owners and prospective entrepreneurs develop viable business plans, gain public attention, and earn financial rewards. Contestants will gain practical experience in analyzing their business, their markets and their ideas as part of developing business plans. In the process, all finalists will have access to free assistance from the Vermont Small Business Development Centers or Southeast Vermont Community Action in preparing their final business plan and presentations. Watch WCAX-TV segment on the competition. View Past Winners  Competition sponsorship 2013 Competition Categories: The 2013 Competition features three categories, all open to qualifying businesses throughout Vermont: Existing businesses — those who have operated for 6 months or more and have revenue up to $500,000 New businesses — those in the early concept stage or in operation for less than 6 months, with minimal revenue Student category — for students enrolled at any Vermont college-level institution Up to five finalists will be selected in the New and Existing categories, and four finalists in the Student category. All finalists who complete the application process will receive a share of the prize money, which will be awarded as follows: Prizes Prizes in the New Business category: First Prize: $10,000 Second Prize: $8,000 Third Prize: $5,000 Runners up: two awards of $1,500 each Prizes in the Existing Business category: First Prize: $10,000 Second Prize: $8,000 Third Prize: $5,000 Runners up: two awards of $1,500 each In the Student category: First Prize: $4,000 Second Prize: $2,000 Runners up: two awards of $1,000 each Eligibility: Existing businesses: must be physically located within Vermont, be in operation for 6 months or longer, must be for-profit and have revenue not exceeding $500,000 per year. New businesses: must be physically located, or planning to locate, within Vermont, and must be for-profit. Student businesses: must be developed by students enrolled at a college-level institution located within Vermont All contestants must be: individuals and businesses engaged in food production, processing, distribution, packaging, restaurants, or retailing. Also eligible are those in the agriculture enterprises of wood products, equine-related businesses, and fiber production. Non-producers, such as restaurants, processors, distributors, or retailers, must make a strong case that Vermont-sourced ingredients are a substantial and featured element of their business model.. Timeline for Contestants: Now through Feb. 5: Prospective contestants should register using the online form available on this page. Tuesday, February 5, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Business Prospectus Workshop, required for all contestants. This will be offered as an interactive video presentation simultaneously at the videoconferencing facilities of Vermont Interactive Technologies located in Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, White River Junction, Williston, and Montpelier. Click here for specific location information. March 8, 4 p.m.: Business Prospectus is due. This is a 3-page first-round submission, consisting of a two-page business description and a one-page...

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Stroll Weekend

Posted by on Sep 27, 2012 in Community, Our Portfolio, Uncategorized, Whats New | 0 comments

Stroll Weekend

A great family weekend connecting people with farmers and healthy local food Strolling of the Heifers Weekend (June 6-8, 2014) is the centerpiece of our annual cycle of programs and events — it’s the big, fun, public way we offer for people to connect with farmers and producers of healthy local food. Always rated one of Vermont’s Top Ten Summer Events, Stroll weekend attracts tens of thousands of people to Brattleboro, Vermont — which is a great place to visit in its own right, often included on “10 best” lists of small towns. We were also listed in Livability.com’s list of the Top Ten Summer Festivals in the United States in 2013. It’s a weekend of fun and education for the whole family, built around the world-famous, agriculturally-themed Strolling of the Heifers Parade, which takes place Saturday, June 7 at 10 a.m. sharp on Brattleboro’s historic Main Street. Watch scores of lovable heifer calves led by future farmers, followed by many other farm animals, bands, tractors, floats, clowns and much more. When it’s over, follow the crowd to the all-day 11-acre Slow Living Expo for food, music, dance, demonstrations, exhibits and fun, all related to our mission of sustaining family farms by connecting people with healthy local food. And that’s not all: Stroll Weekend starts Friday night, June 6 with our Gallery Walk Street Festival featuring a culinary competition and food, music and dancing in the street; and continues Sunday, June 8 with our Farmers Breakfast, the cycling Tour de Heifer and the Farm Tour; plus many other related events during the weekend. And preceding the weekend is the third-annual Slow Living Summit, June 4-6 in downtown Brattleboro — a conference focused on the development of nurturing and mutually supportive...

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Know your maple syrup producer!

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Whats New | 0 comments

Know your maple syrup producer!

Among the many kinds of food producers you can meet in Vermont, the sweetest experience may be had by visiting a maple syrup producer (or “sugar maker”).  During syrup season — timing depends on weather and location but it’s generally from February to April — it’s not hard to spot the “sugarhouses” throughout the state, because clouds of steam are billowing from their roof vents as the dilute maple sap is boiled down into maple syrup.  Many sugar makers are open to the public during the syrup season and will explain the process as they work and offer a taste.  And nothing is as good on pancakes as syrup you’ve bought right where it was made. Please visit the site of the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association to find maple syrup producers to visit, get to know, and learn from!  Each year the association holds a Maple Open House Weekend in late March.   At other times of the year, check the association’s map of sugar makers open all...

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Bread Baking Competition winning recipes

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Bread Baking Competition winning recipes

Jean Sarnie of West Halifax, with her Dante’s Blueberry Quick Bread, has won the grand prize in the Strolling of the Heifers Great Vermont Pro-am Bread Baking Contest. Judges tasted the finalist entries and announced winners on Friday evening, June 4 at Brattleboro’s River Garden, as part of the 2010 Strolling of the Heifers weekend. After the judging, samples of the finalists’ breads were offered to the public. The winners were: Grand Prize Winner:  Jean Sarnie – Dante’s Blueberry Quick Bread Quick Bread 1st Place: Nate Carey – Caroline’s Traditional Irish Soda Bread Quick Bread 2nd Place: Elizabeth Levock – My Dad’s Beer Raisin Bread Quick Bread 3rd Place: Tara Sullivan – Lemon Walnut Quick Bread Yeast Bread 1st Place: Michael Wind – Michael’s Challah Yeast Bread 2nd Place: Jackie Gould – My Best Friend’s Challah Recipe Yeast Bread 3rd Place: Bill Clark – Sugarhouse Bread The contest was sponsored by King Arthur Flour, based in Norwich, Vermont, and Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs, based in Monroe, New Hampshire, with additional sponsorship from Grafton Village Cheese Company, Vermont Bread Company, Against the Grain, Orchard Hill Breadworks, Common Loaf Bakery, Amy’s Bakery Arts Cafe and Red Hen Baking Company. Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery donated butter for the tasting. Professional and amateur chefs were invited to enter; prizes were awarded in two categories: Yeast Breads and Quick Breads (made without yeast). The rules called for all flours to be King Arthur brand.  To the extent possible, contestants were asked to use Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs, locally sourced cheese, maple syrup, and dairy products, along with other local and organic ingredients. The judges were: Yeast Breads: Dan Rosen from Against The Grain,  Kurt Hackler from Orchard Hill Breadworks, and Randy George from Red Hen Baking Co. Quick Breads: Jeff Newton, Independent Culinary Professional, Mary Jane Robbins from King Arthur Flour Co. and Gerry LaFlamme from Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs. Thanks to Phyllis Trier, organizer of the contest! __________________________________ Recipes for the winning entries: Grand Prize Winner: Jean Sarnie – Dante’s Blueberry Quick Bread 2 Cups Unbleached All Purpose King Arthur Flour 3 teaspoons Baking powder 1 teaspoon Kosher salt 2 ½  Tablespoons Butter ¾  Cup Sugar 1 Organic egg from Pete & Gerry’s 1 Cup Sour cream ½  Cup Milk 1 Tablespoon Honey from the Live Wire Farm in Jacksonville, Vt. 1 teaspoon Fiori di Sicilia extract from King Arthur Flour Co. 1 ½  Cups Blueberries (We pick ours at a friend’s yard in Halifax) Sugar and Cinnamon mixture for top (I use Demerara sugar from King Arthur) Preheat oven to 400° degrees. Grease and flour loaf pan. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into large mixing bowl. Cut in the butter and sugar thoroughly. Mix the egg, sour cream and milk together. Beat in. Add the honey and Fiori di Sicilia extract. Fold in the blueberries by hand. Spread into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle with the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until done. Enjoy as is or with a small scoop of ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s. Quick Bread 1st Place: Nate Carey – Caroline’s Traditional Irish Soda Bread This recipe makes one loaf 4 cups King Arthur Traditional whole wheat flour 1.5 cups of King Arthur All-purpose flour 1.5 tsp...

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Vermont tops 2013 Strolling of the Heifers Locavore Index

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Vermont tops 2013 Strolling of the Heifers Locavore Index

For the new 2013 Locavore Index please click here! The Strolling of the Heifers has announced the release of its first  Locavore Index: an indicator of how states compare in their commitment to raising and eating locally grown food. In the 2012 Locavore Index, Vermont ranks first among the fifty states. Using data exclusively from government sources (principally USDA and US Census data) dating from 2010 and 2011, the Locavore Index measures the commitment of states to locally-sourced foods by measuring the per-capita presence of Community-Supported Agricultural enterprises and Farmers Markets, each of which is an indication of both the availability and demand for locally-produced food. CSAs are a cooperative agreement between farmers and consumers; consumer buy shares in the farm’s output and have some say in what is grown. When crops come in, they are divided among shareholders according to the volume of their shares, and the rest may be sold at market. CSA farmers get revenue in advance to cover costs of tilling, soil preparation and seed. Shareholders get fresh produce grown locally and contribute to sustainable farming practices. Farmers Markets are generally cooperative efforts to market locally produced food in a central location where consumers can select and purchase food from multiple farm enterprises. The Index incorporates both CSAs and Farmers Markets in its per-capita, 50-state comparison of consumers’ interest in eating locally-sourced foods — also known as locavorism. The top five states for locavorism, according to the Index, in order, are Vermont (No. 1), Iowa, Montana, Maine and Hawaii, while the bottom five are Florida (No. 50), Arizona, New Jersey, Nevada and Louisiana. See below for a full listing of the 50 states as ranked by the Locavore Index. Click here for a PDF chart including the underlying data and sources used to develop the Index. Roger Allbee, former Vermont Secretary of Agriculture, said, “Vermont’s position at the top of the Index shows the strength of Vermont’s commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship in local agriculture. We’ve been a leader in that area for generation.” Under Allbee’s tenure, Vermont launched the Vermont Agricultural Innovation Demonstration Center to help Vermont farmers develop new products, pioneer new business models, and find new markets. “Locavorism is on the rise everywhere,” said Orly Munzing, founder and executive director of Strolling of the Heifers. “So there’s no stigma in being closer to the bottom of the list. Our research shows that CSAs and Farmers Markets, as well as Farm-to-Plate programs, which bring local foods into schools and other institutional food systems, are becoming more numerous every day in every state.” The term “locavore,” and the locavorism movement, are both comparatively recent. “Locavore” made its first appearance in 2005 and was designated the 2007 Word of the Year by the Oxford American Dictionary. As a movement, locavorism advocates a preference for local food for a variety of reasons, including: Local food travels much less distance to market than typical fresh or processed grocery store foods, therefore using less fuel and generating fewer greenhouse gases. Local food is fresher, and therefore healthier, spending less time in transit from farm to plate, and therefore losing fewer nutrients and incurring less spoilage. Local food encourages diversification of local agriculture, which reduces the reliance on monoculture — single crops grown over a wide area to the detriment of soils. Local food encourages...

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Gov. Peter Shumlin announces the winners of our Great New England Bread Baking Competion

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Gov. Peter Shumlin announces the winners of our Great New England Bread Baking Competion

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin was on hand Friday evening, June 1, during our Gallery Walk Street Festival, to announce the results of our 2012 bread baking competition, the culinary keynote of Stroll Weekend. Earlier, celebrity judges had munched their way through the entries submitted by 15 finalists in each of the two division: yeast breads and quick breads. For all the winning recipes, click here — or click on individual recipe links below. The winner of the Grand Prize was Anna Piergentili of East Dummerson, VT, with her Pannettone Quick Bread. Also taking home prizes were: 1st. Place Winner Quick Breads: Uncle Itchy’s Maple Cheddar Double Bag-ette, Daniela Nystrom, Brookline, Vt. (Danny and her husband are the owners of The Harmonyville Store.) 1st. Place Winner Yeast Breads: Hearty Spinach Herb Bread, Dianne Monteiro, Woburn, Ma. 2nd. Place Winner Quick Breads: Smorgasbread, Michael Wind, Putney, Vt. 2nd. Place Winner Yeast Breads: Czech Potato Rye Bread, Judith Serkin, Guilford, Vt. 3rd. Place Winner Quick Breads: Brattlebread, Tara Sullivan, Brattleboro, Vt. 3rd. Place Winner Yeast Breads: Cast Iron Maple Wheat Bread, Henny & Peter Bennett, Putney, Vt. Wind and Sullivan had previously been winners in our 2010 bread baking contest, and the Bennetts were among the winners in our 2011 Great New England Sandwich competition. The contest was sponsored by key Silver Sponsors Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs and Vermont Bread Company; with additional sponsorship from King Arthur Flour, Against The Grain, Orchard Hill Breadworks, Red Hen Bakery, Grafton Village Cheese Company, Cabot Cheese, Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery, Crowley Cheese, Works Bakery Cafe, Amy’s Bakery and Vermont Foodbank. Please see the Sponsors section below for complete information about our bread competition sponsors. Prizes were awarded as follows: Grand Prize, to the best entry overall: $200 to spend at King Arthur Flour, a great King Arthur gift basket, and of course, major bragging rights In each division(Yeast breads and Quick breads): First prize — $100 to spend at King Arthur, plus Cabot Cheese gift basket Second prize — $50 to spend at King Arthur Flour Third prize — a gift basket from Grafton Village Cheese Company Contest sponsors: Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs (Key sponsor) Vermont Bread Company (Key sponsor) King Arthur Flour Against The Grain Orchard Hill Breadworks Red Hen Bakery Grafton Village Cheese Company Cabot Cheese Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Crowley Cheese Works Bakery Cafe Amy’s Bakery Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery Vermont Foodbank Crowley Cheese Mocha Joe’s Sidehill Jam The Works Vermont Peanut Butter Company Strolling of the Heifers works to help New England’s family farms prosper by connecting people with healthy local food. Annually since 2002, the organization has held a parade in downtown Brattleboro featuring scores of heifers (young cows!) led by future farmers ambling up the town’s historic Main Street, along with cows, bulls, horses, goats, poultry, floats, farmers, tractors, bands, clowns, and much more. When it’s over, the crowd follows the parade to the grounds of the Brattleboro Retreat enjoys food, music, dancing and fun, and learns about sustainable living and local foods at the Live Green Expo. This year’s parade takes place starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 2; the Live Green Expo will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsors of our Great New England Bread Baking Competition, 2012: Key Silver Sponsors: Pete...

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