Rooted in Vermont

Exploring Food in Your Backyard

September 30 – October 6, 2019

(Events listed below)

Exploring Food in Your Backyard events happening around the state:

Monday, September 30, 2019

Gourmet Wild Mushrooms of Vermont

September 30 | 7:00 PM

The Mushroom Forager (Ari Rockland-Miller and Jenna Antonino DiMare) will describe the various edible mushrooms in Vermont and their place in local ecology. A wild mushroom tasting will follow the presentation. RSVP required to ensure adequate samples. RSVP at:

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Raising Backyard Chickens

October 1 | 4:30 PM

Have you ever wanted to learn about raising chickens? Join us as we welcome Heather Layn of Layn Farms in Monkton. She will share information on successfully raising your own backyard flock. She might even bring a few special guests!

"The Woodchuck Returns to Gardening" Book Discussion with Ron Krupp

October 1 | 6:00 PM

Ron Krupp, Vermont author of The Woodchuck Returns to Gardening, joins Highgate Library and Community Center for a book discussion about his book, all things gardening, and more! This book is for people who live to grow food and love to share their stories, success, and dramas in the garden.

First Tuesday Talk with Guest Author Megan Price

October 1 | 6:00 PM

The Friends of the Lanpher Memorial Library are sponsoring a talk on Tuesday, October 1 by author Megan Price and illustrator and designer Carrie Cook celebrating their latest book of Vermont game warden tales.

Food in Your Backyard: Rooted in Vermont

October 1 | 6:30 PM

Herbalist and wildcrafter Cathy Dodge will offer a presentation on roots, whether in the vegetable and perennial bed or even on the fringes of your landscape. When plants die back in the fall, their strength goes back into their roots for hibernation over the long winter months, making this time a good time to harvest. The workshop will take a look at some of the root plants which may be found in the Vermont landscape, show you how to identify them and how to use their roots for everything from food to medicine and even dies for your fabric projects. Participants will also look at a very well-known medicinal herb and learn how to make a simple tincture that they can take home. There will be a small materials fee of $5.00 per person. Call 244-7036 to sign up.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Slow Food Gardens: Eat it to Save it! (Harvest Potluck Supper)

October 2 | 5:30 PM

Join us for a harvest potluck and conversation about the history of the global and local Slow Food movement. Mara Welton, Slow Food USA State Governor of Vermont and former owner of Half Pint Farm, will share the stories of some of Vermont’s heirloom seeds and breeds that are on the Slow Food Ark of Taste catalog of rare heirloom varieties. Come celebrate the good, clean and fair work of Slow Food while sharing the harvest potluck-style!

Place: Charlotte Senior Center, 212 Ferry Road,

Please bring a dish to share which features something from our abundant local harvest.  Label it with main ingredients and if it incorporates any heirloom variety vegetables or fruit.  Include a serving utensil.  Beverages and reusable plates, cutlery and glasses will be provided.

Seating is limited, so please contact Margaret Woodruff (425-3864 to register for this event by Friday September 27.


Cookbook Club: Exploring Food in Your Backyard

October 2 | 6:00 PM

This month we’ll join Rooted in Vermont and the Vermont Department of Libraries for their week long celebration of local food. This year’s theme is “Exploring Food in Your Backyard! Grow It. Hunt it. Find it.” With that in mind we have selected The Vermont Non-GMO cookbook : 125 organic and farm-to-fork recipes from the Green Mountain State by local author Tracey Medeiros. We are excited to announce that Tracey Medeiros will be joining us for this special celebration of local food! Cookbooks are available in the library and all you need to do is pick your recipe and sign up! Cook the dish and bring it to the meeting to share with other chefs. Our wonderful cookbook club is facilitated by Bill Wargo!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

The Vermont Foraging and Farming Lifestyle

October 3 | 7:00 PM

Please join us for a conversation with Walter Collins and Benjamin Webster, two avid Vermont foragers, followed by Jessica Simpson of the Wilder Farm which has a CSA and a Farm Stand . These talented folks will talk about their lifestyle and open it to comments and questions.

The Secret Life of Weeds

October 3 | 7:00 PM

On Thursday, October 3 at 7 p.m., long time forager Carol Berry will explore “The Secret Life of Weeds” at Manchester Community Library with a power point presentation of commonly found plants, often referred to as weeds. Berry will focus on the treasures that show up in our backyards. Free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center, Vt. Info: 802.362.2607.

Growing Organic Strawberries in Your Backyard

October 3 | 7:00 PM

John Satz from the famous Woods Market Garden in Brandon, Vermont will talk about growing organic strawberries in your backyard.

Garden Talk: A Community Conversation

October 3 | 6:00 PM

Join Johnson Public Library for provided local refreshments and a lively conversation about all things gardening. From putting the garden to bed to storing crops to extending the growing season, all can be discussed! Whether a master or a novice, come talk gardens with your neighbors.

Having Hunters on Your Land

October 3 | 6:30 PM

Hunting can be a great tool to help landowners who have too many deer munching their forest seedlings, landscape plants, and gardens. However, having hunters on your property can be intimidating, particularly if you are not familiar with hunting or have had problems with hunters in the past. Come learn the benefits of a good relationship between landowners and hunters, how to make sure it is a partnership that works for both, and how to manage hunter access. Program will introduce what hunting is and is not, review laws and regulations, and address concerns. Join other landowners and staff from Vermont Fish & Wildlife, Vermont Coverts, and the Vermont Land Trust to discuss many of the facts and myths about hunting and hunters

CBD and Hemp: A Boon to Vermont's Craft Herbalism

October 3 | 6:30 PM

Herbalist, wild-crafter, and owner of The Rogue Herbalist, LLC, Chuck Riffenburg will present on “CBD and Hemp: A Boon to Vermont’s Craft Herbalism Industry.” Riffenburg is the owner of a small artisan herbal extract business in Morrisville, VT. In his presentation he will explore how Vermont’s booming hemp industry has given rise to a burgeoning craft herbalism industry and will answer questions about CBD and other herbal products that are being made here in the Green Mountain State. He will talk about the local farms he uses for herbs, the local agriculture which connects local food and medicine, how he makes his product, the chemistry behind it and more. There will be plenty of time for Q & A, as well as samples to taste.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Garden Bed Storytime

October 4 | 10:30 AM

This year we have two new raised garden beds right outside the front of our library! We have been using the produce for snacks at our evening programs, and incorporating the garden into our toddler story time on Fridays. On October 4th we will base our story time around our new beds, and then harvest some pumpkins and make funny faces with produce….before we eat it!

Wildlife Management with Naturalist Anastasia Mickiewicz and Karen Douville

October 4 | 5:00 PM

Naturalist Anastasia Mickiewicz from the Quechee State Park and Karen Douville from the Linked Lands Alliance will be at the Quechee Library for a program on wildlife management Using maps as well as hunting and trapping information, they will discuss wildlife population health. There will also be a display of maps of conserved lands, various pelts and track identification tools. The public is invited. Refreshments will include local cheeses, heirloom apples and cider. The program is part of #Rooted in Vermont, a statewide effort to increase consumption of local food.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Rooted in Vermont Story Hour & Library Booth at Farmers Market

October 5 | 10:30 AM and 12:00 PM

Enjoy a story, snack and activity that focuses on the foods that grow in our backyards during Rooted in Vermont story hour at 10:30 AM. Also visit us at the local farmers market in downtown Bennington from 10-1. The library will have a booth where kids can color, pick a free book and there will be an additional story hour – time to be determined.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Wild Edible Walk: Exploring Food in Your Backyard!

October 6 | 1:00 PM

Family friendly, all ages! We will begin and end at the Jeudevine Memorial Library with a moderate walk in between. The walk will be led by local library patrons, Lucian Avery and Erin Rosenthal. Lucian and Erin will identify plants, talk about safety and ethical wildcrafting, and share further resources. Depending on what we find, we may do some cooking but there will definitely be wild foods to try! Erin Rosenthal is an herbalist who loves to connect people with plants and Lucian Avery is a blacksmith and wild food enthusiast. Both live in Hardwick with their families.

Chili Supper and Pie Auction

October 6 | Time: TBD

The Martha Canfield Library in Arlington will be hosting a chili supper and pie auction at the Federated Church in East Arlington, which will include, but is not limited to, dishes made with produce from your backyard as part of Exploring Food in Your Backyard Week sponsored by Rooted in Vermont.

Come for supper, stay for the pie auction and go home with a delicious pie!! Homemade chili, salad and cornbread will be served. Free will offering is accepted with proceeds to benefit the Library and the Federated Church. The winner of library’s fall 50/50 raffle will be drawn at the pie auction.

Rooted in Vermont celebrates how Vermonters acquire and enjoy local food—from growing or foraging, purchasing directly from a farmer or at the store, hunting or fishing, eating at schools, institutions or restaurants serving local food, finding food from a food shelf, or just by trading with friends and neighbors.

Rooted in Vermont is a growing grassroots movement to help all Vermonters see local food as their own – not because it is a trend, but rather a part of our history and who we are as Vermonters. Rooted in Vermont belongs to all Vermonters and is being nurtured by the Vermont Farm to Plate Network.

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Shane Rogers
Rooted in Vermont Project Manager

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