Join Friends of Northern Lake Champlain and partners to learn about water-friendly homesteading!

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April is here and the signs of spring are all around us! As the weather warms, you may be thinking about which vegetables to plant in your garden this year…what to name this year’s lambs…what type of feed to purchase for your chicks? Local, sustainably-grown food is on the rise, and each year more Vermonters are growing their own food- planting gardens and raising their own hens, horses, sheep, beef cows, and more. DOES THIS SOUND LIKE YOU?

If you’re gearing up for a great season of homesteading or “backyard farming”, we invite you to join us for the first two dates in our NEW educational program:  Homesteading for Clean Water: A Farm Table Educational Series!  We’ll be joined by the experts on agriculture and water quality, with representatives from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, the University of Vermont Extension, and our sponsors, the Lake Champlain Basin Program!. We’ll hear presentations on important topics, including ‘living in a watershed’, soil health and erosion, simple, water-friendly management practices for gardening and animal husbandry, and the new agricultural requirements of Vermont’s water quality legislation, Act 64.

As a farmer of any size, YOU have the power to keep Lake Champlain and its tributaries clean. We’ll provide you with the tools you need to keep nutrients on your property and prevent harmful runoff. We invite you to do your part to promote a cleaner, safer, and healthier Lake Champlain!

We’ll be offering 5 FREE, two hour sessions, with two great dates this spring. Three more dates to be announced in the fall!


1st Session: Wednesday, April 13th, 6:30-8:30 PM
Carman Brook Farm (in the sugar house)
1275 Fortin Road, Swanton, VT 05488

2nd Session: Wednesday, April 20th, 6:30-8:30 PM
Snow Farm Vineyard & Winery (in the winery tasting room)
190 West Shore Road, South Hero, VT 04586


RSVPs welcome. Contact Katy to RSVP, get directions, or for more information:


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