DAIRY FARM TO HOST 1,000 VISITORS FOR BREAKFAST & FARM TOUR
Vermont’s Breakfast on the Farm comes to Blue Spruce Farm Saturday July 22nd in Bridport. 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 get the chance to see a calf being born!
1,000 visitors expected, agricultural leaders, educators and industry representatives including:
- The Audet Family, owners and operators of Blue Spruce Farm and their employees interacting with the public.
- Alyson Eastman, Deputy Secretary, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
- Dr. Julie Smith, DVM, PhD, UVM Extension Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
- UVM Extension agronomists and specialists
- Over 100 volunteers from the agricultural community
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017; 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Blue Spruce Farm
1796 VT-22A, Bridport, VT 05734
- Various aspects of the dairy farm will be open to visitors including:
- Vermont’s first Methane Digester used to turn manure into renewable energy which can power 400 local homes, plus other renewable energy options including wind power.
- Cows housed in free-stall barns with sand beds for comfort.
- Maternity barn where calves are expected to be born during the farm tour.
- 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, citrus pulp, apple mash, even cookie dough.
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. 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.
Major sponsors include Bourdeau Brothers, Cabot Creamery Co-operative, Casella Waste Systems, High Mowing Organic Seeds, New England Dairy Promotion Board, Poulin Grain, Vermont Farm Bureau, Vermont Feed Dealers & Manufacturers Association, Vermont Smoke & Cure, and WOKO.