Growing Local Fest – Press Release

Growing Local Festival Raises $5000 for Local Schools

Central Vermont Food Systems Council’s Growing Local Fest raises money for gardens in Washington County schools

The 2nd Annual Growing Local Fest, held on September 11th, 2010 in Montpelier, successfully raised $5000 for gardens in local schools.  The event was sponsored by the Central Vermont Food Systems Council.

Over 500 people attended Growing Local Fest, a celebration of the localvore movement in Central Vermont and the harvest season.  Local growers shared their knowledge by conducting workshops on gardening and farming techniques.  Topics ranged from growing rice, creating a root cellar, and backyard chickening.

Local vendors including the Skinny Pancake, Bon Temps, Kismet, Three Penny Taproom and NECI served up local cuisine.   Local acts Vorcza, Dave Keller Band, and the Starline Rhythm Boys provided the entertainment. The event also included contests for best local homebrew and pesto.

This year the event hosted resource recovery efforts, which helped divert nearly all of its waste from the landfill. Event organizers plan to make the event zero waste in years to come.

All proceeds raised from the festival will go to support the Central Vermont Food System Council’s “Garden In Every Washington County School” initiative. The Council hopes to have Washington County be the first county in the nation to have a garden in every school.  In mid-January, an RFP will be released to local schools with a deadline in mid-February.  Awards will be released in the early spring.

The 3rd Annual Growing Local Festival will be held on September 10th, 2011 on the Green at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

The Central Vermont Food Systems Council is a community-based group that works to cultivate Central Vermont’s emerging sustainable food system, in order to ensure that everyone in our community has access to affordable, quality food.

For more information please contact Taylor Newton or Isaac Lawrence in the City of Montpelier Department of Planning and Community Development at (802) 223-9506, or via email at tnewton@montpelier-vt.org or ilawrence@montpelier-vt.org

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