Becoming ‘Ag Literate’
Agricultural literacy is knowing where our food comes from: how it is grown and the people who harvested, raised, processed and prepared it. To promote this understanding, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) is sponsoring the third annual Ag Literacy Week. From November 14 to 19, events will be held at locations across the state to help community members understand the vital role that agriculture plays in our 21st century lives. In Manchester, Scout Proft and Maria Reade of Someday Farm, NOFA-VT Farm-to-Community mentors, in collaboration with the Manchester Community Library (MCL) and NOFA-VT, will host a free screening at MCL of a short film titled ‘Unbroken Ground,’ on Monday, November 14, at 6:30 p.m. The 25-minute film explains the critical role food will play in our future efforts to solve the environmental crisis, and explores four areas of agriculture that aim to change our relationship to the land and oceans. Most of our food is produced using methods that reduce biodiversity, decimate soil and contribute to climate change. We believe our food can – and should be – a part of the solution to the environmental crisis; grown, harvested and produced in ways that restore our land, water and wildlife. ‘Unbroken Ground’ tells the story of four pioneering groups in the fields of regenerative agriculture, regenerative grazing, diversified crop development and restorative fishing. Following the movie, Tom Hubbard, owner of Mountain View Bison in Rutland, will share his story of how and why he and his wife Lisa decided to raise bison. “Everyone else raises beef so I wanted a new challenge,” Hubbard says. Tom sells his bison meat at the Dorset and Rutland farmers markets. Snacks will be provided courtesy of Someday Farm. This event is free of charge, open to the public and appropriate for all ages. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Avenue in Manchester Center. Call 802-362-2607 to learn more.