Vermont’s Breakfast on the Farm comes to Fairmont Farm June 17 in East Montpelier. This free, public event includes a Vermont-style pancake breakfast featuring local products, self-guided tours of the farm including 15 educational stations, and a peek into the life and business of dairy farming in Vermont. Media are invited to see first-hand how the farm cares for their cows, their community, employees and the environment. And, even see a calf being born! A second 2017 Breakfast on the Farm event will be held on July 22 at Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport.
1,000 visitors expected, agricultural leaders, educators and industry representatives including:
- The Hall, Purchase and Ayer families, owners and operators of Fairmont Farm and their 30 employees interacting with the public.
- Anson Tebbetts, Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
- Dr. Julie Smith, DVM, PhD, UVM Extension Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
- Over 100 volunteers from the agricultural community
Saturday, June 17th, 2017; 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
95 Lyle Young Rd, East Montpelier, VT 05483
- Various aspects of the dairy farm will be open to visitors including:
- Cows housed in free-stall barns with sand beds for comfort.
- Maternity barn where calves are expected to be born during the farm tour. On average, five calves are born each day at the farm.
- Calf barn with calves as young as a few days old.
- Kids activities: smoothie bicycle, cow milking simulator, lego farm, scavenger hunt, and more.
- Tractors, a milk truck, and farm equipment including innovative manure injection systems.
- Rainfall simulator to demonstrate how cover crops protect water quality.
- Examples of what a cow eats including human food waste such as brewers’ grains and citrus pulp.
Vermont Breakfast on the Farm is coordinated by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture and the agricultural business community. Breakfast on the Farm provides a first-hand look at modern agriculture and the farm families who work hard to produce safe, wholesome food for Vermont communities and the world. A second 2017 Breakfast on the Farm event will be held on July 22nd, 2017 at Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport. Vermont Breakfast on the Farm was also held at two Vermont dairy farms in 2016 which drew a combined 2,000 visitors. Although this is a free event, tickets must be reserved in advance at www.VermontBreakfastOnTheFarm.com..
Event sponsors include the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, Poulin Grain, Cabot Creamery, Vermont Feed Dealers & Manufacturers Association, Casella Waste Systems, Vermont Smoke & Cure, High Mowing Organic Seeds, WOKO, Bourdeau Brothers, New England Dairy Promotion Board, and Vermont Farm Bureau.