New farm documentary shown during Agricultural Literacy Week

      Posted On: November 6, 2017

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT), along with Vermont Department of Libraries, and Vermont Agency of Food and Markets, announce the 7th annual Agricultural Literacy Week November 13-18 2017. The week-long celebration occurs across the state to inform and educate people about the economic and cultural importance of farms in Vermont communities.

Agricultural Literacy Week POSTERFor this year’s Agricultural Literacy Week, NOFA-VT is proud to present a new film, “Vermont Farm Kids” produced by Maria Reade and filmed by James Chandler. This short documentary depicts the unique and poignant stories of farm kids (ages 10-28) from across the state of Vermont. The film expresses the importance of what it means to each child to grow up on their own farm, and how their experiences have shaped their lives. This project has been made possible by sponsors from Farm Credit East: the Johnson Family Foundation, and Forrest and Frances Lattner Foundation.

“We are so excited to present this new documentary,” said Abbie Nelson, NOFA-VT’s Education Director. “This film is an opportunity to hear stories about what it is like growing up on a farm, leaving the farm, and returning. We expect it will highlight the important role farm kids have in Vermont and bring a new understanding to their contribution to our agricultural state.”

There will be an official premiere of the film in Montpelier on Tuesday, November 14th with talks by Secretary Tebbits, Lt. Governor Zuckerman, State Department of Libraries Murphy and invited Governor Scott, and a question-and-answer session with several of the featured farm kids. More information about this event will be announced soon.

NOFA-VT invites partners to present a screening of the film during Agricultural Literacy Week in their communities. If interested in hosting a screening, please contact Misse Axelrod via email or call (802) 279-1548.

NOFA Vermont was founded in Putney in 1971, making it one of the oldest organic farming associations in the United States. They have 1200 members throughout the state and certify over 580 farms and processors to the USDA National Organic Program Standards.