Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Libraries is partnering with Rooted in Vermont, a grassroots campaign celebrating how all Vermonters enjoy local food, to explore all of the great food that Vermonters can find right in their backyard. Libraries across the state will be hosting programs October 1 through October 7 that will feature and discuss local food activities that Vermonters have been doing for generations such as hunting and fishing, gardening, and foraging.
“One of the things that all libraries want to do is work more directly in our communities and an easy way to do that is through discussion or activities around food, especially local food,” says Lara Keenan, Vermont Department of Library’s statewide consultant for library directors and trustees, “When I learned of the Rooted in Vermont campaign, I knew it would be a perfect campaign for our libraries to work with around the state.”
Libraries have already started planning Rooted in Vermont programs for their community. For example, the Wardsboro Public Library will be teaming up with Carol Backus from Gilfeather Farm to discuss tips for growing the best turnips, the Whitingham Free Public Library will be hosting three Rooted in Vermont programs - a story time for kids, telling short stories, and discussing hunting regulations and stories with Vermont Fish and Wildlife Game Warden Richard Watkin, and many other libraries are working on putting together programming for their communities.
Every library participating in “What Rooted in Vermont Food is in Your Backyard?” week will also have free Rooted in Vermont stickers and backyard scavenger hunts for community members to take home with them.
“Libraries are the perfect community gathering place to bring neighbors together to share and discuss all of the fun and unique ways that they have been doing local food for generations,” says Shane Rogers, Rooted in Vermont project manager, “Rooted in Vermont is just as much about celebrating the community that local food creates as it is about the actual food on the plate.”
Residents can check in at their local libraries for “What Rooted in Vermont Food is in Your Backyard?” programming or find more information about specific events in their community at facebook.com/rootedinvermont/events.
Source: Vermont Department of Libraries