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Haiti Event Images

Following are some images from the Haiti event. We are looking for more as well as a write up on the event. Please send to me if you have more to add.

First Calf Born at KVD

The first calf has been born at the Kedron Valley Dairy.  Both mother and daughter are doing fine and welcoming visitors.  There are 12 pregnant cows on the Dairy so many more are expected.  Visit our Facebook page for a short video of her playing.

South Woodstock Community Day

Saturday June 19th, as part of South Woodstock’s Community Day a Chicken Barbecue with

“The Panhandlers Steel Band”

All proceeds to Help Haiti Rebuild through Habitat for Humanity International.

On June 19th a very special day of Community Wide Celebration and coming together will take place in the Hamlet of South Woodstock.

With the support and participation of the The South Woodstock Community Club, The South Woodstock Volunteer Fire Department,  The Green Mountain Perkins Academy and the South Woodstock Community Church, a day – long series of events are being planned to raise funds to help the country of Haiti rebuild. A $25 ticket donation includes admission to all three events and is tax deductible, In this effort we are pleased to be partnering with Habitat for Humanity International, having worked in Haiti for the past 10 years they are a much-respected worldwide organization

As part of this day-long Community Celebration at 5pm The South Woodstock Volunteer Fire Department and The South Woodstock Community Club’s “Chicken Barbeque Supper ”  will feature Fireman grilled half chicken, with potato salad, fresh green salad, fresh rolls and for your dining pleasure, a musical accompaniment by “The Panhandlers”, Vermont’s own very talented Steel Band.

A Saturday evening concert at 7pm will feature “The Onion River Dixieland Jazz Band” of Burlington Vermont in a New Orleans Dixieland Salute, and will be held at the Community Church here in South Woodstock.

For over 26 years, “The Onion River Jazz Band” has been presenting traditional New Orleans Dixieland Jazz which represents the roots and origin of Jazz in America The band has worked to preserve the original sound of jazz with the performance of tunes from such legends and innovators as King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Biederbecke, Lu Watters and Clarence Williams.

As part of this day-long Community Celebration The Perkins Academy and Historical Association will be hosting “Old Time Rules will Prevail: The Fiddle Contest in Vermont”, a presentation by Adam Boyce of both current and historical significance, 2 pm at the Academy.

Adam Boyce of Reading, a 10th generation Vermonter and fiddler in his own right, has been giving talks throughout Vermont and New Hampshire since 2002. He has been involved with nearly every aspect of fiddle contests in New England since 1994, including judge piano backup, as well as competitor. A composer of over 100 fiddle tunes he was the 2000 Vermont Division Champion at the Northeast Fiddlers contest in Barre, Vermont, and has placed in contests throughout New England.

Again the $25 ticket donation includes admission to all three events and is tax deductible. The entire proceeds from the full day of events will benefit the efforts by Habitat for Humanity in the earthquake-devastated country of Haiti.

This will be a great time for South Woodstock neighbors, seasonal and part-time Vermonters to get together and support a great cause

Tickets will be available at The South Woodstock Country Store.

For special family pricing, to reserve tickets or for more information please call: 802-457- 2948 or 802-457-1819.

Diana Brown’s VT Standard Column 5/13

Bleeding heart, dog-toothed violet, scarlet trillium. Colt’s foot, forsythia, squirrel’s teeth, May apple, crocus. Lion-faced daffodowndillies, troutlilies, lungwort, marsh marigold, lesser Solomon’s seal, hepacatia, bloodroot. I could go on and on. First one shows, then the next, and the next and the next. They lead me through our woods road, and I must be careful because all are tiny and underfoot. Every year they call me out and there are some that appear so briefly that I never remember their names, and I am always amazed when I discover them. These varieties appeared magically at least a week early this year.   As I write the woodlands and meadows and byways are covered with ferns, jack-in-the pulpit, greater Solomon’s seal, and wild apple. Fiddleheads, rhubarb, and ramps are available now, and are delicious to look at and eat.

Christy McCuaig was born 22 years ago midst all this spring beauty. Weren’t Mary and Carl tickled? – Of course all the rest of the Fullertons were thrilled as well. Happy birthday, Christy, and also to Susan Ford who has a birthday on May 19th. Also happy Birthday to my David, who entered the world on May 12th. (Of course it was a number of years ago- not yesterday!)

Susan was most kind to respond to my plea for news and celebration dates. Thanks so much, Susan.

That date I asked you to save – remember, Saturday June 19th?- I really hope you did, because plans are firming up and this benefit and celebration are not to be missed. Paul Regan, who is one of our community group organizing this event, has written an excellent article which appears in this very same issue of the Standard. Paul says:

‘On June 19th a very special day of Community Wide Celebration and coming together will take place in the Hamlet of South Woodstock.  This day – long series of events are being planned to raise funds to help the country of Haiti rebuild. A $25 ticket donation includes admission to all three events and is tax deductible,  In this effort we are pleased to be partnering with Habitat for Humanity International, having worked in Haiti for the past 26 years they are a much-respected worldwide organization’.

The events are as follows: Your ticket admits you to all events.

2 pm at the Academy:  “Old Time Rules will Prevail: The Fiddle Contest in Vermont”, a presentation of both current and historical significance. The Perkins Academy and Historical Association will be hosting.

At 5pm at the Firehouse: “Chicken Barbeque Supper ” will feature a musical accompaniment by “The Panhandelers”, Vermont’s own very talented Steel Band, sponsored by the The South Woodstock Community Club and South Woodstock Volunteer Fire Department.

A Saturday evening concert at 7pm:  Featuring “The Onion River Dixieland Jazz Band” of Burlington Vermont in a New Orleans Dixieland Salute, and will be held at the Community Church here in South Woodstock.

Again the $25 ticket donation includes admission to all three events. The South Woodstock Country Store will be selling tickets. The entire proceeds from the full day of events will benefit the efforts by Habitat for Humanity in the earthquake-devastated country of Haiti, so the ticket price is tax deductible. For special family pricing, or for more information please call :802-457- 2948 or 802-457-1819.

As Paul points out,”This will be a great time for Woodstock neighbors, along with seasonal and part-time Vermonters to get together and support a great cause.”
See you there, Saturday, June 19. (Again, read Paul’s entire article in the pages of this issue of the Standard.)

And last, but certainly not least, please do come to see American Divas, at the High School this weekend. May 14, 15, and 16- Friday Sat, at 7:30 Sunday at 5:30. Yoh Theatre Players, great singers, music and songs drawn through the decades, and telling the story of American Women. The band is live and includes WUHS musicians and Al Alessi.

Kedron Valley Dairy

Kedron Valley Dairy became a reality when a group of South Woodstock community members took ownership of the former water buffalo farm property on April 1, 2010. The Kedron Valley Dairy was conceived and founded as a community-based effort to preserve the rural way of life in South Woodstock. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first community-owned dairy farm in Vermont.

The property consists of barns and milking parlor facilities and an integrated creamery with refrigerated storage and cheese-aging capabilities. There is also a built-out space above the creamery suitable for a dedicated classroom.

Between 1996 and today, Vermont has lost 25% of its dairy farms. The current number of farms is approximately 1200 down from 11,000 in 1946. Preserving a piece of Vermont’s history and heritage was something the South Woodstock community felt was worth doing. The model provides a vehicle for new and existing Vermont dairy producers and artisan cheese makers to come together to with their community to revitalize the Vermont dairy industry.

Kedron Valley Dairy has a strategic advantage in the currently stressed dairy economy.  The farm’s ability to produce farmstead dairy products for the marketplace will create a value added business model. In order for a cheese to be classified as “farmstead,” as defined by the American Cheese Society, the cheese must be made with milk from the farmer’s own herd on the farm where the animals are raised.  Farmstead cheese production is vital for the long term sustainability of the farm.  Cheese production plans are currently in the developmental stage.

The Kedron Valley Dairy wishes to preserve, educate, nurture and encourage people to immerse themselves in the self-sustaining rural way of life in Vermont. The project itself will be self-sustaining through various means and will contribute to the economic stability of the community.  Jobs will be created directly with the farm and cheese making, as well as through the educational courses offered at the farm.

“I am excited to be part of Kedron Valley Dairy and look forward to developing a sustainable agricultural business in South Woodstock that allows community members the opportunity to connect with their food supply ,” says Kent Underwood,  operating manager.

A separate not-for-profit corporation will be formed with a mission of providing education around the topics of agriculture, dairy, cheese making, and sustainable food systems. In addition, various hands-on cheese making classes will be sponsored on-site utilizing the facilities of the dairy and creamery. The non-profit will raise money to sponsor scholarships and internships for people wishing to pursue a career in agriculture and value-added products. Cooperative efforts are being formed between Vermont Technical College and Kedron Valley Dairy to offer hands-on cheese making courses in conjunction with dairy business courses.

Future projects for the dairy include the implementation of green technologies.  A methane digester is in the planning stages as well as exploration into geothermal, wind, algae and solar technologies to drastically reduce conventional energy use work toward carbon neutral production.

“We’re really psyched about the prospects for the dairy, the opportunity to create a farmstead cheese for a national market combined with exploring green technologies on the farm is extremely exciting. I really like the idea of a private enterprise using sustainable technologies to make a profit and preserve the land. Through geothermal, wind, solar and methane production, we can greatly reduce the farms energy dependence and with the hope to someday be completely off the grid,” says Hunter Melville, investor and neighbor.

Kedron Valley Dairy is currently seeking funding through additional investors for cattle, farm equipment and cheese making equipment.

The former owner of the property is currently proceeding with slaughter house plans in West Central, VT.

For more information please contact Kent Underwood at kedronvalleydairy@gmail.com or 802-457-9992

Potluck Supper a Great Success

The April 17th Potluck Supper at the Fire station was a great success. Over 40 locals and guests showed up for some great eating.  If you missed it, the next one is in the fall.

Please visit our Facebook page (to the right) for more pictures of this great supper!