Support the Gathering

Making a Gift

Donations to support the FBEN and our next event can be made online via Shelburne Farms' website. From the "Special Purpose" drop-down menu, select, "Farm Based Education Network". Donations can also made by check payable to: Shelburne Farms (with FBEN 2016 Gathering as a memo). Shelburne Farms is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the fiscal agent for the FBEN and the November Gathering.  All contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law.


Kindly mail your contribution to:


Shelburne Farms

Attention: FBEN 2016 Gathering

1611 Harbor Road

Shelburne, VT 05482


Individuals who support the Gathering with a gift of $50 or more are invited to attend the Kick Off Reception at the Concord Museum on November 3rd! 

Thanks to several generous supporters, scholarships were provided to farmers, educators, students and other professionals. no scholarship request was denied. Complimentary registration was available to Concord and Carlisle educators, administrators and food service staff from our host town's public and private schools. Complimentary registrations were also available for Concord and Carlisle food service staff to attend the Massachusetts Farm and Sea to Cafeteria Conference on November 4th, day 1 of the National Gathering.

Duke Farms, Hillsborough Township, NJ 

The Case 

A sustainable food system requires a localized and regionalized system of food production and organic waste recovery. Farmers operating direct sales models rely on direct market customers to sustain their farm businesses. Customers engaged with agriculture through on-farm opportunities make procurement decisions that support a vibrant local food economy. These knowledgeable consumers also build communities that value open space, conserved land, the working landscape and the farmers who sustain it. Farm-based educators are a critical part of the system.

On behalf of the organizing partners of the 6th Farm-Based Education National Gathering, we extend our grateful appreciation for your consideration of this request to become a philanthropic partner with a grant and/or a donation of product to meet our fundraising goal for this event. We must raise this money to make this opportunity affordable and accessible and to provide a large number of scholarships.

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

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