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Farm-Based Education Forum

Farm-Based Education

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 7:30 AM - Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 5:30 PM (EDT)

Farm-Based Education Forum

Registration Information

Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Conference Registration 10/23
Includes breakfast, lunch and 4 workshop sessions. See full description below.
Ended $45.00 $0.00
Conference Registration 10/23 + Dinner 10/22   more info Ended $70.00 $0.00
Professional Development Training 10/22   more info Ended Free $0.00
ABCs of Farm-Based Education at Shelburne Farms 10/22   more info Ended $35.00 $0.00
Champlain Islands Full Day Field Trip 10/22   more info Ended $35.00 $0.00
Farm Tours Package: Chittenden County 10/22   more info Ended $12.00 $0.00
Single Farm Tour: Bread and Butter Farm 10/22   more info Ended $8.00 $0.00
Single Farm Tour: Isham Farm 10/22   more info Ended $8.00 $0.00
Farm Tours Package: Addison/Rutland 10/22   more info Ended $20.00 $0.00
Single Farm Tour: Trevin Farms 10/22   more info Ended $8.00 $0.00
Single Farm Tour: Champlain Orchards 10/22   more info Ended $8.00 $0.00
Single Farm Tour: Chick to Plate Project 10/22   more info Ended $8.00 $0.00
Grazing Dinner 10/22 - Conference Attendee   more info Ended $25.00 $0.00
Grazing Dinner 10/22 - Guest Ended $25.00 $0.00
Grazing Dinner 10/22 - Kids 7 - 12 Ended $12.00 $0.00
Grazing Dinner 10/22 - Kids under 6 Ended Free $0.00
Resource Table: Full Table (6 ft)   more info Ended $20.00 $0.00
Resource Table: Half Table (3 ft)   more info Ended $10.00 $0.00

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Event Details

Farm-Based Education Forum

Agritourism, Education and Economics on Your Farm

Join farmers, farm-based educators and service providers in a two-day exploration of open farms in Vermont and the Northeast.  Workshops will discuss the opportunities and challenges that visitors bring to farms, and will share tools for offering memorable, authentic on-farm experiences to your guests. Learn how to use your farm as a classroom, expand opportunities for direct sales, and discover the impact of farm-based education and agritourism on your farm, family, community and beyond.


For general information visit: www.farmbasededucation.org/events/forum

Download the Conference Brochure with full workshop descriptions and schedule


Overview (scroll down for full descriptions, details & costs)

October 22: Hands-on full day workshops and field trips. Professional Development Training for service providers. Grazing dinner on the shores of Lake Champlain featuring fall food, Vermont beer and wine, and music.

October 23: Conference format with workshops, networking, breakfast, lunch and more.

Register to attend one or both days. Costs vary for each event, see below for full description and cost details.


Payment Instructions

To pay by credit card, click green "Register" button.
To pay by check, you must click "Show other payment options", then click gray "Pay Offline" button.


A limited number of full ($45) and partial ($25) scholarships are available to help with the cost of registration. Scholarships are also available for dinner and lodging coses. Scholarships cannot be applied to field trips or farm tours. If you have applied for a scholarship, please wait until you have heard back before registering. The scholarship application is available either online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PYMXG33  or as a printable version at: http://www.farmbasededucation.org/forum/topics/vermont-farm-based-education-forum-education-agritourism-and-econ


Resource Table

Resource sharing tables are available. Tables need to be set up by 4:30 pm on October 22 and broken down at 5:30 pm on October 23. Set-up and break-down times subject to change. Cost: $20 for 6-ft Full Tableor $10 for 3-ft Half-Table. Bring your own table cover if you would like one.



To inquire and to book a room, please contact Hannah Sacco weekdays between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm Eastern Time at (802) 985-0404.

On the nights of 10/21 and 10/22, lodging for Farm-Based Education Forum attendees is available at the Inn at Shelburne Farms for a special reduced rate of $50 per person with the intention of double occupancy. If you would like a room to yourself the rate is $90. Some rooms have multiple beds and in order to accommodate as many guests as possible, we hope you will consider rooming with another guest. It's helpful if you have a roommate in mind when you call to book your lodging. Lodging scholarships are available, apply at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/PYMXG33. We do not have group rates available.

There are many more places nearby that may be available for lodging.



Cancellations for registration fees made before October 11 will receive a full refund. From October 11 to October 21 at 8:00 am, refunds will be issued less a 20% administration fee. No refunds will be issued for "no shows" or cancellations made after October 21 at 8:00 am. Refunds are not available for farm tours or field trips.

Disability-related accommodation

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Lisa Chase at  lisa.chase@uvm.edu or (802) 257-7967 ext. 311 by October 11, 2013 so we may assist you.


Conference Schedule & Descriptions

Tuesday, October 22

Professional Development Training
9:30 - 11:30 am  Includes lunch. Free.
As more farms engage the public and sell through direct markets, Extension and other service providers need to be able to address questions about marketing, safety, liability and more. This workshop equips service providers with critical  information about agritourism and marketing, as well as access to resources, so they can better serve the farming community. For more information contact Lisa Chase at lisa.chase@uvm.edu or (802) 257-7967 ext. 311.

Full Day Field Trips

Champlain Islands Full Day Field Trip
Cost: $35. Transportation and lunch are included.
Join the South Hero Land Trust on a Champlain Islands field trip which will wind its way through an agricultural region that offers many high quality agritourism experiences, and engages local students in meaningful education year-round. Full description coming soon!

ABCs of Farm-Based Education at Shelburne Farms: Kid-Tested, Educator Approved!
9:00 am - 4:30 pm (arrive at least 15 minutes early to register! Meet the group at the coach barn)
Cost: $35. Lunch is included. Discover and share engaging, hands-on ways to teach about food and farming! This interactive workshop will explore many ways to connect learners of all ages to the farms and food we depend on. Whether you’re in need of fresh ideas, or you’ve just started thinking about education at your site, this workshop will help develop agricultural education program ideas through discussions, sharing experiences, and kid-tested, educator-approved examples. Join farm-based educators Susie Marchand and Rachel Cadwallader-Staub in sharing educational activities while we explore the Farm including the educational farmyard and the seven-acre Market Garden.

Farm Tours
Tours are set up so you can visit one farm after another. Transportation is not provided - carpooling is encouraged. Feel free to sign up for more than one, or one of the multi-farm tour packages. Your tour fee helps us provide stipends for your farmer host. Thank you!

  • Pre-registration required.
  • Please arrive on time! The tour will not wait for you.
  • Transportation is not provided. Join the tour in your own vehicle, carpooling is encouraged. During registration, you'll have the option of sharing your email address with others attending the same tour(s) for carpooling.
  • Driving directions to the next tour site will be sent out ahead of time and also provided at the farms.
  • Refunds are not available for farm tours.
  • Scholarships are not applicable to field trips or farm tours.

Chittenden County Farm Tour Package: Events on Your Farm
12:30 - 4:00 pm Cost: $12. Meet at the Bread and Butter Farm for the first tour, then drive 15 minutes to tour the Isham Family Farm. See below for full description of each farm tour. You can also sign up for farm tours individually.

Bread and Butter Farm Tour      200 Leduc Farm Dr., Shelburne
12:30 - 2:00 pm Cost: $8. Drive time: 20 minutes from Shelburne Farms. In Chittenden County, “Bread and Butter Farm” is synonymous with “Burger Night”, the summertime event that attracts nearly 500 people each week. Families flock to Bread and Butter for farm raised burgers, sausage, hot dogs and salads, and musicians entertain throughout the evenings.  They also host weekly music and movement classes for the 0-3 crowd, a summer camp for older kids and rent their space for others’ events.  Since purchasing the farm in 2009, the farmers have created community through their events and farm store, where customers are encouraged to visit the animals and and gardens as they stop in for bread, milk and veggies.  On this tour, farmer Corie Pierce will provide an overview of Burger Night’s evolution, from the initial idea to the zoning hurdles they have faced to where they hope to go in the future, and will describe how their on-farm events illustrate their values as farmers and community members.

Isham Farm Tour      3515 Oak Hill Road, Williston
2:30 - 4:00 pm Cost: $8. Drive time: 30 minutes from Shelburne Farms. When Mike Isham’s parents sold their dairy herd in 1994, the fifth-generation farmer reinvisioned the what the farm as an enterprise and community mainstay.  He pitched a business plan to his parents, and three years later quit his job so he could work on the farm full time.  Today, the Isham Family Farm is home to a Wedding Barn, a 200 year old English-style timber-frame structure which he completed renovations on in 2012.  While Mike grows into the wedding industry, he also maintains several other enterprises on the 100-acre farm, including maple syrup, corn and sunflower mazes, Christmas Trees, community garden plots, hiking trails,  and pick-your-own berries and pumpkins. On this tour, Mike will give a tour of the barn, outline his marketing strategies and explain how the farm supports the wedding barn, and the barn supports the farm. 

Around Addison and Rutland Counties Farm Tour Package: An In-Depth Look at a Farm Stay, Orchard Field Trip & High School Chick to Plate Project
11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Cost: $20. Meet at Trevin Farms for the first farm tour, next drive 30 minutes to tour Champlain Orchards, then drive 30 minutes to visit the Chick to Plate Project. See full descriptions below in Event Details. You can also sign up for farm tours individually.

Trevin Farms Tour      901 Willowbrook Road, Sudbury
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Cost: $8. Drive time: 1 hour from Shelburne Farms. Guests at Trevin Farms Bed & Breakfast relish the chance to meet curious goats, learn about free range chicken management and take a ride in a carriage pulled by a friendly Percheron, Tyrone.  Innkeepers, Troy and Kevin have been in the hospitality business for a combined 50 years and see strong customer service skills as one of their greatest assets.  They provide their guests with an intimate view into life on a modern day farm and offer in-depth cheesemaking workshops and package deals that keep their guests coming back. Take this tour to learn how Kevin and Troy have carved out a unique niche, how customer services drives their business and how they juggle home life, business life and farm life on their 40-acre homestead.

Champlain Orchards Tour     3597 VT Route 74 West, Shoreham
1:00 - 2:30 pm Cost: $8. Drive time: 1 hour from Shelburne Farms. Champlain Orchards is a family-owned apple orchard that takes pride in growing a diversity of ecologically-grown fruits.  In addition to fresh produce and value-added products, Champlain Orchards is a community hub, hosting field trips, concerts and 50 varieties of pick-your-own apples, plums, cherries & raspberries.   They deliver apples to about 50 different schools in the state. On this tour, Champlain Orchards co-owner, Andrea Scott will describe how she has fine tuned her field trip offerings over the past several years and will give you tips and ideas about working with teachers and kids on your own farm.  She will also give an overview of the NOFA Vermont Farmer Correspondence Program which matches classrooms with farmers for field trips and pen-pal correspondence about life and work on their farms.

Chick to Plate Project Tour      372 Mainelli Rd., Middlebury
3:00 - 4:30 pm Cost: $8. Drive time: 45 minutes from Shelburne Farms. Students at the Hannaford Career Center receive a complete farm to table experience, thanks to a group of innovative teachers who are committed to food system education and the economic, ecological lessons embedded in animal husbandry.  Agribusiness students raise chickens, which are pastured outdoors in mobile hoop houses constructed by the students.  The farmers-in-training move the chickens daily and care for them until slaughter day, when they participate in the slaughter and sale of the birds, based out of their recently constructed mobile slaughter unit.  To date they have raised and processed over 1000 birds on their 2 acres.  Visit the Hannaford Career Center to meet teachers who have been a part of the Chick-to-Plate project and take away tips from their thoughtful program.

Grazing Dinner
5:30 - 8:30 pm Graze on fall’s finest offerings, prepared by the Inn at Shelburne Farms’ Restaurant, and celebrate the many pieces of our farm-based education and agritourism network at this casual reception.  Musicians will be on hand to entertain and Vermont beer and wine will be available at the cash bar.  Savor the evening’s flavors on the shores of Lake Champlain.  Adults $25, Kids 7-12 $10, Kids under 6 eat free.

Wednesday, October 23

Conference Registration
The registration fee for October 23 is $45 and includes breakfast, lunch and 4 workshop sessions.

Daily Schedule

Tuesday, October 22 
7:00 am - 9:30 am Optional help with chores in the Shelburne Farms Children's Farmyard
7:30 am Registration Opens
9:00 am - 4:30 pm Field Trips & Farm Tours
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Grazing Dinner
6:30 pm Welcome from Vermont Secretary of Agriculture, Chuck Ross and
  Commissioner of Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing, Megan Smith
Wednesday, October 23  
7:00 am - 9:30 am Optional help with chores in the Shelburne Farms Children's Farmyard
7:30 am Registration Opens
8:00 am - 9:00 am Welcome
  Beth Kennett, Liberty Hill Farm
  Gloria Bruce, Northeast Kingdom Travel & Tourism Association
  Megan Camp, Shelburne Farms
9:15 am  - 10:45 am Workshop Session I
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Workshop Session II
12:45 pm - 2:15 pm Lunch
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Workshop Session III
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm Workshop Session IV
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm Closing












Here is a sample list of the workshops that will be available at the forum. For workshop descriptions and schedule Download the Conference Brochure

Farms to Food: Connecting the Past, Present and Future

Choosing Animals for Your Educational Farmyard

Bringing Kids to the Farm, and the Farm to Kids through Film

Curriculum Design for Effective On-Farm Learning

Open Minds, Dirty Hands: Fifteen Programs That Worked (and some that didn't)!

Insurance, Liability and Safety Resources for Your Open Farm

Intro to Search Engine Optimization

Online Event Registration Basics

Sharpen Your Online Communication Tools

Special Events: A(dvertising) to Z(oning)

Marketing Your Message to Create New Opportunities

Nut and Bolts of Business Planning: The Three-Page Business Plan

Curriculum Design for Effective On-Farm Learning


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University of Vermont Extension, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, cooperating, offer education and employment to everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status.

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When & Where

Shelburne Farms
1611 Harbor Rd
Shelburne, VT 05482

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 7:30 AM - Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 5:30 PM (EDT)

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Farm-Based Education

This event is organized in cooperation with The Farm-Based Education Network, Shelburne Farms, University of Vermont Extension, Vermont Farms! Association and Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont.

For general information visit: www.farmbasededucation.org/events/forum

For program related questions, contact Vera Simon-Nobes at vsimonnobes@shelburnefarms.org; (802) 985-0382 or Lisa Chase at lisa.chase@uvm.edu or (802) 257-7967 ext. 311

For registration questions, contact Gail Makuch using the "Contact the Organizer" button below, at gail.makuch@uvm.edu or (802) 257-7967 ext. 301

University of Vermont Extension, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, cooperating, offer education and employment to everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status.



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