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2019 Agricultural Literacy Week - "Celebrating Our Culinary Traditions"

Culinary Traditions and Seasonal Foods Highlighted for Agricultural Literacy Week


Vermont (Statewide)The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT), in partnership with the Vermont Department of Libraries and the Vermont Agency of Food and Markets, announces the 10th annual Agricultural Literacy Week: November 18-24, 2019. The events of this week-long celebration occur across the state to inform and educate people about the economic and cultural importance of farms in Vermont communities. Partners at libraries and community organizations are invited to participate by presenting a culinary experience in their communities during Agricultural Literacy Week.

For this year’s Agricultural Literacy Week, NOFA-VT is proud to present “Celebrating Our Culinary Traditions.”  The theme focuses on the seasonal delight brought to the table from our local fields. Four main events at libraries around the state will feature Vermont cookbook authors and offer a taste of prepared foods made from local, seasonal ingredients. You can find the list of these events at the bottom of this article.

The opening event will be held at the Vermont State Library, located at 60 Washington Street in Barre, on Tuesday, November 19th from 5:00-7:00pm.  Free Parking is available on both sides of Washington Street and Route 302. Students from Barre Town Elementary School will prepare a Vermont sampler with help from cookbook author Katie Webster. In Katie’s words, she is a “healthy pragmatic locavore omnivore culi-nerd”. She is the author of “Maple” and curator of the “Healthy Seasonal Recipes” blog. 

Libraries and community centers will be joining in the celebration by hosting their own event, ‘Simple Suppers’, a format to develop community meals, guest farmer talks and more are a great way to celebrate the harvest of Vermont.

NOFA-VT invites partners to present a culinary experience at their local library or community center during Agricultural Literacy Week.


About NOFA-VT: The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont promotes organic practices to build an economically viable, ecologically sound and socially just Vermont agricultural system that benefits all living things. We are proud to have nearly 1,100 members throughout the state and to certify over 700 farms and processors to the USDA National Organic Program Standards.

Featured Events


Manchester Library: Manchester

Sunday, November 17th - 3:00-4:30pm

Featured Cookbook Author: Tracey Madeiros

Details: Discussion with Maria Reade of Edible Green Mountains and Tracey about “Vermont Non GMO” cooking and tasting


Ilsley Public Library: Middlebury

Monday, November 18th - 1:00-2:00pm

Featured Cookbook Author: Andrea Chesman

Details: Discussion about “The Fat Kitchen” and tasting


Vermont Department of Libraries: Barre

Tuesday, November 19th - 5:00-7:00pm

Featured Cookbook Author: Katie Webster

Details: Kids Can Cook - Barre Town 4th Graders will showcase their culinary skills and share a tasting. Katie will talk about seasonal eating. 


Norwich Public Library: Norwich

Thursday, November 21st - 5:30-7:00pm

Featured Cookbook Author: Jeffery Hammelman

Details: Grains & Breads - Jeffery will talk about and sample a variety of breads.