GREATER VERMONT: The Story of People, Land, and Community
GREATER VERMONT is the visual story of people, land, and community in the southwestern part of the state and how they interact to better serve the residents.
Vermont is a dairy and agricultural state and the number of privately held farms is decreasing yearly due to an aging population, the growth of corporate farming, mechanization, and people leaving the state for better jobs which creates a shortage of farm workers.
In 1969 there were 4,017 privately owned farms. In 2020 that number decreased to 636. Farmers have had to adapt to these changes while the COVID pandemic has brought additional pressures on farms and residents in the community. Many people are now food insecure and rely on a system of farmers, benefactors, and volunteers to create a co-dependent circle of food production, harvest, and the supply of finished meals to sustain the farms and feed the community.
This is the story of that cycle.
This program features the photography of Susan Weiss and a panel discussion moderated by Maria Reade. Panelists for this event are representatives from the Community Food Cupboard, Grateful Hearts, Burr and Burton Academy, Hildene, Someday Farm.
A reception with light refreshments will follow the discussion.
*photograph by Susan Weiss