Burlington was a blast. We had heard stories about the Intervale for a long time before visiting, and after spending time with the Healthy City program and hanging out with several farmers in their “incubator” program – we knew why this agricultural center right outside the city is looked to as a model. One of the farms we visited within the Intervale was the Arethusa Collective Farm, where we tried out their bicycle-farm contraption used to make weeding easier.
While in Burlington we attended a lecture at the Unitarian Universalist Society entitled, “Connecting Local Economies, Economic Justice, Food Systems, and Global Warming” given by Bill McKibben – who we were fortunate enough to interview for our film!
We are now in Burlington speaking with students involved with the Slow the Plow Garden, a fine example of a school garden that is used as a peaceful classroom space and that produces enough vegetables to sell to the school’s cafeteria. Pretty cool.