Rooted in Vermont

Exploring Food in Your Backyard

October 11 – October 17, 2020

(Events listed below)

Exploring Food in Your Backyard? Virtual Kick-off Event

Monday, October 12 | 6:00 PM

Join the Vermont Department of Libraries and Rooted in Vermont as they kick off their 3rd Annual Exploring Food in Your Backyard Week!

This Facebook Live event will feature author, former state legislator, VPR commentator, and well-known beekeeper and home brewer Bill Mares; VT State Librarian and award-winning baker Jason Broughton; and farmer and co-creator of the Cooking Through Covid Facebook group, Natalie Guillette. There will be cooking demonstrations, information sharing and more. Tune in and invite a friend!

Win a Vermont Maple 100 Gift Basket!

October 11 - October 17

It’s easy! Attend any number of Exploring Food in Your Backyard week events and then enter for a chance to win a Vermont Maple 100 Gift Basket!

To enter, register for Beanstack and click on the “Exploring Food in Your Backyard” challenge. Follow the instructions once you’re set up. We’ll be drawing a winner at the end of the week.

Encourage your friends to participate too by sharing or any number of events listed below!

Exploring Food in Your Backyard events happening around the state:

Other Exploring Food in Your Backyard Events

Homegrown by Matt Jennings - Food For Talk Cookbook Book Club

October 18 | 3:00 PM

If reading about food, experimenting with new recipes and learning from other cooks sounds fun, then the Food For Talk Cookbook Book Club is for you! Join the discussion of October’s selection “Homegrown: Cooking from My New England Roots.” In his debut cookbook, chef Matt Jennings honors the iconic foods of his heritage and celebrates the fresh ingredients that have come to define his renowned, inventive approach to cooking. Copies of the cookbook are available for checkout at the Library’s main desk.

This event is one day only. All those who wish to attend must register.

To register, contact Programming Librarian, Barbara Shatara, at

Foraging for Local Mushrooms with Chris Major

October 19 | 6:00 PM

Chris Major is a local forager, collector and appreciator of the natural world, beginning in childhood and becoming an actual hobby in the early 2000’s. Chris brings his knowledge of New England trees and plant life to every walk. Chris believes sights, sounds and smells of the outdoors work as meditation and quiet the anxious mind. His other interests include fishing, hiking and spending time with his family.

In addition to forging Chris is a Husband, Father and Director of Maintenance at the Residence at Shelburne Bay.

At the Bixby Library’s presentation, we will go over an introduction to mushroom foraging, including Morels, Chanterelle and Hen of the Woods. We’ll discuss where and when to find them and the trees they are associated with.

Please contact our Adult Services Librarian, Ashley (, with any questions.

Register for the event by following this link:

"The Dirty Life" Book Club

October 24 | 10:00 AM

Grab a cup of coffee and join us for an online discussion of “The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love” by Kristin Kimball. We will meet on October 24th from 10-11 am. All participants will be entered to win a copy of Kimball’s newest book- “Good Husbandry.” Please email any questions to Ashley Bolger,

To register to attend please email to reserve a physical copy of the book. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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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