Celebrate Pownal's Agricultural Assets this Summer!

Discover Pownal’s Farms! From May through September, a community-led celebration of Pownal farms and food producers will be happening throughout Pownal, a town in Southern Vermont with a rich agricultural heritage and a vibrant local food economy.  This year’s inaugural series will include farm tours and workshops, a July 4th town picnic and a fall harvest festival. Each event is family friendly and costs $5 per person. Children under 12 are free. All proceeds will support future farm and food events in Pownal. 

Discover Pownal  developed out of the Empower Pownal Community Visit process, conducted by Vermont Center for Rural Development in 2017. Other DP initiatives include recreation, small business and conservation efforts, all intended to strengthen community and economic development for the area.

Nestled in the Hoosick River Valley in the southeastern most part of Vermont, Pownal is a gateway to all of the state lying to the north and the east. It is home to a beautiful river valley, lush agricultural lands and rolling hills populated with the great recreational opportunities that come with a diverse and scenic rural landscape. In addition to a favorable town infrastructure, Pownal is also rich in human resources, with an active and engaged citizenry who care deeply about the town and its future.

Celebrate spring with a pasture walk at Longview Farm on Saturday, May 19 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Learn about rotational grazing, cuddle with baby lambs and baby chicks, plant seeds, and enjoy a walk and afternoon snacks. Longview Farm is located at 141 Roizin Road. Rain date is at the same time on May 20.

Commemorate the Fourth of July at a picnic a Pownal American Legion Town Picnic from 12:00 noon-2:00 p.m on Wednesday, July 4. Learn about the Vermont Veteran Farmer’s Coalition and local food initiatives at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington, enjoy a homemade lunch featuring Pownal farm products and bring the kids for some old fashioned fun and games. The Pownal American Legion is located at 5970 Route 7.

Tour the hops yard at Hoppy Valley Farm on Saturday, August 4 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Learn about the many varieties of hops growing onsite and enjoy samples from Bright Ideas Brewery and Hoppy Valley condiments. Hoppy Valley Farm is located on Route 7 across from the Pownal View Barn. Rain date is at the same time on August 5.

Learn about organic vegetable production at a farm tour and dinner at   Wildstone Farm on Thursday, August 9 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Walk the farm while summer vegetables are at their peak in abundance and flavor. Wildstone Farm is located at 536 Schenkar Road. Rain date is at the same time on August 16. 

Savor the autumn season at a Harvest Festival at Harwood Homestead on Saturday, September 22 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.  Bring the whole family to meet the animals, walk the farm and enjoy a fall feast. Harwood Homestead is located at 549 Cedar Hill Road. Rain date is at the same time on September 23. 

The Discover Pownal Farms and Food Series is supported by a Small and Inspiring grant from the Vermont Community Foundation and assistance from Northshire Grows Inc. For more information, contact Shannon Barsotti at sbarsottivt@gmail.com or 413-346-7166.