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Strolling of the Heifers Weekend
June 7, 5:30 pm - June 9, 4:00 pm
Come celebrate farmers and all things farming at the beloved Strolling of the Heifers in Brattleboro, and visit VLT-conserved farms! Inspired by the famous bull run in Spain, the weekend offers fun and education for the whole family, while supporting Vermont agriculture. Learn all about it here.
The weekend starts on Friday night, June 7, with the Expo Festival featuring a culinary competition, Gallery Walk, music, food, fun and more.
The highlight is the parade down Brattleboro’s historic Main Street on Saturday, June 8! The parade kicks off at 10 am with scores of lovable heifer calves led by future farmers, followed by farm animals, bands, tractors, and floats. After the parade, the Slow Living Expo offers food, tractors, music, and family fun. There’re also demonstrations, craft shows, and exhibits related to farm and food innovation.
On Sunday, June 9, enjoy the Famous Farmers Breakfast, the cycling Tour de Heifer which often traverses VLT-conserved farms, and the Farm Tour. We’re thrilled that this year’s Farm Tour features two VLT-conserved farms in Dummerston! Family-run Bunker Farm produces meats, garden plants, and maple syrup, and also hosts agricultural education for students and the wider community. Full Plate Farm’s produce includes vegetables, flowers, and honey, available through CSAs and markets in Brattleboro, Dummerston, Putney, Marlboro, and Wilmington.
Find the weekend’s schedule here.
Strolling of the Heifers also organizes the Slow Living Summit. This year’s theme is the future of women in food entrepreneurship. How can we expand women’s roles in farm and food systems? The Summit runs Thursday through Friday, June 6 and 7 in downtown Brattleboro. There’s a great lineup of inspiring speakers. Learn more here.
Sixteen years ago, Orly Munzing created the “Strolling of the Heifers” in Brattleboro to celebrate agriculture and family farms in the region. The nonprofit now offers year-round programming to support the development of a stronger food system. Last year, VLT awarded Orly the Richard W. Carbin Community Conservation Award. Named after VLT’s founder, this award recognizes those who demonstrate a commitment to conservation in their communities. “Orly defines what it means to be a community builder,” says VLT’s Joan Weir.