A Valley News Publication

Jonathan Durham, left, and Margaret Loftus, right, take a moment to enjoy their Icelandic sheep with their sons in Corinth, Vt., Sunday, August 6, 2017. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Get ready to #partyhard on Vermont farms.

Or at least to participate in special tours, workshops and other farm-related activities to the public, including at several farms in the Upper Valley. It starts on Monday (Aug. 14).

From today’s story:

The goal of Open Farm Week is to reinforce the relationship between farms and their surrounding communities, said Grace Meyer, who runs communications for the Vermont Fresh Network, the Richmond, Vt.-based nonprofit that manages DigInVt.com.


“The most beautiful thing about farmers in Vermont,” said Meyer, “is that they don’t always realize how interesting they are to non-farmers. I’ve had farmers be like, ‘Why would anyone want to see what I do in a dirty field all day?’ But it’s actually kind of mind-boggling if you work inside all day.”

The sentiment reminds me of the Farmer Olympics, sponsored by the Northeast Organic Farming Association and hosted this past year in Vershire, where run-of-the-mill farm chores were transformed into a world-class super fun athletic event.