The Farm-Based Education Network


5th Farm-Based Education Conference

 November 3-5, 2011 ~ Sheburne Farms ~ Vermont

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 The 5th Farm-Based Education Conference will bring together nearly 200 farmers, teachers, non-formal educators, philanthropists, chefs, historians, land conservationists, journalists, health care specialists, food system and farm advocates, and other farm-based education practitioners, partners, and community leaders.

Please contact Tre McCarney, Conference Coordinator with any questions:, (802) 985-8686 ext 381.

Conference Highlights!
Keynote Speaker LaDonna Redmond
La Donna Redmond is the President and CEO of The Institute for Community Resource Development (ICRD).  The ICRD is a non-profit, community based organization that assists residents of urban communities obtain access to safe, healthy food through the development of alternative food systems. Ms. Redmond and her husband Tracey are involved in developing an urban farm in partnership with the University of Illinois. More

Workshops Include:
* Integrating Experiential Education, Food Systems Research & Community Outreach
* Harvesting the Full Potential of Adult Farm Programming
* Hand Them the Knife: Empowering Future Eaters and Cooks
* Why Farm Policy Matters
* Farmer in the Classroom
* Therapy, Recreation, and Education: Welcoming People with Special Needs
* Farm to School to Garden to Cafeteria


Field Trips and Mini Trips

* Billings Farm & MuseumFarms for City Kids

* Farms to Schools: Healthy City Youth Farm / Sustainability Academy

* Hardwick, VT: Center for an Agricultural Economy / Vermont Food Venture
   Center / Applecheek Educational Farm / Sterling College Farm / Pete's Greens

* Central Vermont Farm to Table (a program of Food Works at Two Rivers Center)

* Shelburne Farms: Forest to Furniture, Farm to Table, Grass to Cheese


A Grand Ol’ Honky Tonk with Brett Hughes
Great music, some dancin’, and a lot of fun!

Contradance with Rachel Nevitt
Rachel will bring some great local musicians to help with the groove. All you need to bring is a willingness to have a good time.

Open Mic Hosted by Bennett Konesni of Sylvester Manor
Enjoy the many talents of our community during open mic. Bring an instrument to play, sing a song or recite a poem


Enjoy three days of field trips, workshops, panel discussions, networking time with friends and colleagues, inspiring success stories, evening entertainment, hearty local food and fun, and of course, new knowledge to take back to your farm education programs.

We hope  you’ll join us!

Conference Registration Fees
Registration............................................................ $280
(Covers Thursday evening through Saturday afternoon)

Pre-Conference Full Day Field Trip........................ $40

Pre-Conference Half Day Field Trip........................$25

About Shelburne Farms

Shelburne Farms is a nonprofit education center, 1,400-acre working farm, and National Historic Landmark located on the banks of Lake Champlain in Vermont.  The mission of Shelburne Farms is to cultivate a conservation ethic by teaching and demonstrating the stewardship of natural and agricultural resources.

School field trips, summer camps, educator workshops and many other programs allow children, educators, and families to learn in a place of natural and architectural beauty.  Incubated on the property, the farm’s programs are then shared with educators through national and international partnerships to inspire stewardship and a global commitment to sustainability.  The FBEA is managed by Shelburne Farms with support from a  Working Group of volunteers.

Chief among the farm's professional development programs are the ABC's of Farm-Based Education Workshops hosted on the farm and in partnership with other farms in the United States and Canada.  At the root of these workshops is Project Seasons, a collection of hands-on education activities developed by Shelburne Farms for classroom educators, pre-school & after-school teachers, camp instructors and parents working to cultivate an awareness and appreciation of agriculture and natural resources.

Shelburne Farms was created as a model agricultural estate in 1886 by William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb.  In 1972, it became an educational nonprofit. The nearly 400 acres of woodlands are Green Certified from the American Tree Farm System. Their grass-based dairy has 125 purebred, registered Brown Swiss cows. Their milk is transformed into an award-winning farmhouse cheddar cheese on the property and is available all over the world including in many New England Whole Foods Markets.  You can learn more about Shelburne Farms by visiting their website.


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Please contact Tre McCarney, Conference Coordinator with any questions:, (802) 985-8686 ext 381.

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