We developed the Community Farm project to increase both public engagement at Smokey House Center and opportunities for new partnerships. Now in our second year, we're happy to work with so many groups eager to support youth leadership and development through farm and food systems work. We've got land resources and work galore, and we work with a wide range of skilled individuals and organizations to use those resources to meet our mutual missions in education, conservation, and agriculture.
Throughout the season, we'll work weekly with:
- Smokey House Center Youth Leaders -0 local high school students serving as camp counselors for Danby Mountain Day Camp -- will put in some extra time on the farm,
- The Tutorial Center's YAP! Youth Agriculture Project, in addition to working their own garden plots for sales at area markets, will be doing a bit of work on the Community Farm,
- The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps Rutland Community Crew, serving the Health Care Share based at the Vermont Farmers Food Center,
- Youthworks youth mission trips brining young people from around the country to the greater Rutland area for a week of service and community connection.
And throughout the season we also host weekly public volunteer sessions, occasional workshops, school groups, other camps, visiting college students, coordinated gleaners, and others. If you or your group would like to help us grow food with and for the community, please be in touch.