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Educators, farmers, nonprofit organization staff, parents, nutrition practitioners, policy makers, students, and more will come together to share skills and resources, build relationships, and celebrate the vibrant field of farm-based education.


The Gathering will also welcome many members of our host community, from teachers and food service professionals, to parents, students and local food advocates who seek engagement with the transformative work of farm-based education.  Organizers expect 300-500 people to travel from several states and internationally to attend components of the Gathering, with heavy representation from Massachusetts and New England. 


Workshops will focus on program development, marketing, fundraising, the balance of production and education, nonprofit board management, and much more. Peer educators will showcase their sites during field trips and workshops, a keynote address will spark discussion, and group meals will allow for ample networking time.  


The Gathering is organized by the FBEN in partnership with the Massachusetts Farm to School Project (MFTS), The Trustees and Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education, Shelburne Farms


The Organizing Committee is formed by representatives from many farm-based education sites around the U.S.: 


Appleton Farms, a Trustees of Reservations Property in Ipswich, MA

Common Ground H.S. Urban Farm and Environmental Learning Center in New Haven, CT

Fernbrook Farms in Chesterfield, NJ

Gale Woods Farm in Minnetrista, MN

Holly Hill Farm in Cohasset, MA

Live Earth Discovery Farm Program in Watsonville, CA

Massachusetts Farm to School Project

Retreat Farm in Brattleboro, VT 

Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT

Soule Homestead in Middleborough, MA

Spence Farm Foundation in Evanston, IL

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, NY

Suzie’s Farm in San Diego, CA

Three Sisters Garden in Ipswich, MA

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Shelburne Farms is the coordinating organization for the Farm-Based Education Network 

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