University of Vermont

Food Systems Initiative

Food and Farms in the Spotlight at UVM Libraries

two pictures of farmstands, then and now
Then and now: two images of Vermont farm stands on display in the "Changing Fields" exhibit. Top image: courtesy of the Louis L. McAllister photographs, Special Collections (cdi.uvm.edu); bottom image courtesy of the UVM Farmer Training Program.

The University of Vermont Libraries celebrate the bounty of Vermont food and farms in summer programming and exhibits.

On Thursday, Aug. 8, at Bailey/Howe Library at noon, a panel of local farmers will discuss their work and the paths that led them to their current career trajectories. Susie Walsh Daloz, program director of UVM’s Farmer Training Program, will moderate the panel. Participants will be treated to salad provided by the Farmer Training Program and additional refreshments.

On Thursday, Aug. 22, at 12:30 p.m., the UVM Farmer Training Program will present an heirloom tomato tasting, outside the Bailey/Howe library, to the accompaniment of local music. Attendees at both events can participate in a raffle for books from Vermont-based permaculture publishers Chelsea Green, on topics such as rebuilding the foodshed, resilient farming and homesteading, the importance of taste in the local food movement, and seed saving.

In further collaboration with UVM’s Farmer Training Program, the Bailey/Howe Library hosts Changing Fields, an exhibit featuring images of contemporary farmers in training alongside their historical counterparts. Image reproductions, broadsides, and books document the changing face of farming in Vermont, from traditional practices of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, to the back to the land movement, to a new generation of farmers working in the model of sustainable agriculture.

At Dana Medical Library, Superfoods of Summer showcases the nutritional value of Vermont’s fruit and vegetable harvests. Citing large national studies, the exhibit makes the case for beets, berries, cabbage, tomato, corn, zucchini and more, while sharing information about their seasonal availability. Both exhibits are accompanied by a rotating selection of related books from the libraries’ collections.

To learn more about a new generation of farmers and sample their produce, visit the UVM Farmer Training Program Farm Stand, Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. until Oct. 10, outside Bailey/Howe Library.