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Local Libraries Dishing Up Events Exploring Food in the Backyard


September 19, 2019



Shane Rogers

Rooted in Vermont Project Manager

802-848-0404 |


Lara Keenan

State Library Consultant, Governance and Management

802-636-0026 |


Local Libraries Dishing Up Events Exploring Food in the Backyard

Grow it. Hunt it. Find it. That’s the theme as the Vermont Department of Libraries and Rooted in Vermont, the Vermont Farm to Plate Network’s grassroots campaign celebrating how all Vermonters enjoy local food, partner up to bring “Exploring Food in Your Backyard” events across the state from Sept. 30 through Oct. 6. Local libraries will be hosting community discussions, hands-on activities, and kid-centric events that feature and discuss local food activities that Vermonters have been doing for generations such as hunting and fishing, gardening, and foraging

“Vermont’s public libraries are deeply rooted in their communities, providing a space for neighbors to gather, learn from one another, share and obtain information, and build community,” says Lara Keenan, Vermont Department of Library’s statewide consultant for library directors and trustees. “These vital community resources that model sustainability, resiliency, and creativity are the perfect place for Vermonters to gather to showcase their communities through discussions of local food resources.”

Events being held at libraries across the state cover a wide range of topics. 

In addition, every library participating in “Exploring Food in Your Backyard” week will also have free Rooted in Vermont stickers for community members to take home with them.

“Libraries are the perfect community gathering place to bring neighbors together to share and discuss all of the fun and unique ways that they have been doing local food for generations,” says Shane Rogers, Rooted in Vermont project manager, “Rooted in Vermont is just as much about celebrating the community that local food creates as it is about the actual food on the plate.”

Residents can check in at their local libraries for “Exploring Food in Your Backyard” programming or find more information about specific events in their community at