By Alissa Matthews, VT Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
We have begun planning for Vermont’s 7th annual Open Farm Week for August 2021. Open Farm Week creates an opportunity for folks to visit farms and connect with Vermont’s working landscape. Last year, Open Farm Week focused on events appropriate for the current pandemic-related guidelines: self-guided tours, picnics, farm trails, online events, workshops, virtual guided tastings, social media participation, any many other creative ideas. This year, providing this connection feels more important than ever. Open Farm Week is a great way to engage with customers and your community.
Remember, you can choose any day during the week to host an event or have events on multiple days. Attendees are looking for activities, farmer interaction, and unique events, in addition to any regularly scheduled programming or generally being open to the public. Feel free to think outside of the box.
Questions? Please let us know—we can help you find the right fit for your farm. Our Open Farm Week team is available to provide resources and technical assistance to a limited number of farms that would like support developing ideas and preparing for visitors. There is no additional charge for this technical assistance, but space is limited, and you do need to apply for it.
Registration for farm participation began April 15th! Sign-up for technical assistance and find timeline details and additional event information at https://diginvt.com/blog/openfarmweekforfarmers/.