Watch local farmers at work during 24-hour web event


Farmer Brad Thomas of Orwell walks his field in 2015. Independent file photo/Trent Campbell
“Farmers really miss their community. They miss interactions with each other. They miss interactions with their consumers." — John Roberts

VERMONT — Next week a special social media event will showcase a day in the life of Vermont farmers.

#Farm24VT runs from 5 a.m. on Wednesday, May 12, until 5 a.m. the following day. Farmers will share photos, videos and stories that provide a behind-the-scenes look at how local food gets to our tables.

“With field trips and farm visits suspended because of COVID, #Farm24VT is designed to forge new relationships between farmers and consumers,” said Fran Stoddard in a promotional video that can be found on Facebook here.

#Farm24VT content can be found by searching for the #Farm24VT hashtag on Faceboook, Instagram and Twitter.

Prizes will be awarded throughout the day.

“Farmers really miss their community,” said John Roberts, Executive Director of the Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition (CVFC). “They miss interactions with each other. They miss interactions with their consumers.... We feel this would be a good way for consumers to see short snippets of what goes on in a farmer’s life, whether it’s hoeing the vegetables, plucking lettuce, milking the cow, delivering the calf, feeding the lamb, tending to the goat, whatever it is.”

CVFC partnered with the Connecticut River Watershed Farmers Alliance to put on the event, which is partially funded by a grant from Vermont Breakfast on the Farm.

For more information visit farm24vt.com.

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