January 2016. Everyday Chef workshop with Elena Gustavson - The Family That Cooks Together
February 2016. Free Movie Night at the Paramount Theater as a big thank you to our volunteers and supporters of RAFFL. We showed The Hundred Foot Journey and had delicious samosas for sale. Stay tuned for the next one!
March 2016: Rachel of Yoder Farm delivers produce for our year-round online local food market, Farm Fresh Connect.
April 2016. RAFFL's Farm Business Adviser, Jen Miller (in the middle) visits H.A.M.M.S Farm in Pittford, VT. We work with farms all year long around business and financial consultation, land access and more.
May 2016 "Hot off the press!" One of our many volunteers helps us distribute over 20,000 copies of the 11th annual Locally Grown Guide to businesses, farm stands, restaurants, visitor centers and stores all over Vermont.
June 2016. Americorps VISTA and Glean Team coordinator for 2015-2016, Julie Schubert works with volunteers to harvest spinach.
July 2016 Stephen Chamberlain of Dutchess Farm delivers fresh carrots to Farm Fresh Connect's distribution site at Vermont Country Store in North Clarendon, VT.
July 2016 RAFFL volunteer Grace Ecklund Gustavson directs cyclists to their rest station during Vermont's Farm to Fork Fondo, an event with Wrenegade Sports that RAFFL was invited to participate in.
July 2016. One of our favorite programs done in partnership with Someday Farm, Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training ( aka CRAFT) brings together farm apprentices with seasoned farmers to learn, socialize and network together. This one, at Alchemy Gardens with Scott Courcelle, was a beautiful summer day.
August 2016. Our hunger program, The Glean Team, relies heavily on volunteers to help us harvest over 12 tons of food in 2016. Our volunteers come from high schools and colleges, businesses, organizations, and interested individuals.
September 2016. After a one year hiatus, Twilight in the Meadow was held this year at the beautiful Larson Farm in Wells to honor our founding Executive Director, Tara Kelly, who retired from RAFFL to pursue her roots in city planning.
September 2016. Honoring RAFFL's Founder, Tara Kelly (on the left) with our Board President, Kara Soulia (on the right) at RAFFL's signature fundraising event, Twilight in the Meadow.
September 2016. Rutland Area Farm and Food Link Board of Directors and Executive Director, Elena Gustavson come together after a tour of Larson Farm. Pictured from left to right: Andy Maas, Maria Reade, Nancy Mark, Geoff Brown, Kara Soulia, Elena Gustavson, John Pollack, Eleanor Tison, Marli Rupe and Larry Courcelle
October 2016. Philip Gurley, our 2016-2017 Americorps VISTA Outreach Coordinator, helps Stephen of Dutchess farms sort and pack his produce.
November 2016. Wrapping up a successful gleaning season at Laughing Child Farm with Green Mountain College volunteers. Mary Bilecki, our 2016-2017 Americorps VISTA Glean Team Coordinator is shown on the far left, all bundled up!
December 2016. We said good-bye to good friends in 2016, but said hello to new ones. Meet the RAFFL Staff that will be heading into 2017 together. From the top, left to right: Phil Gurley - Americorps VISTA Community Outreach & Marketing Coordinator; McKenna Hayes - Farm Fresh Connect Manager; Elena Gustavson - Executive Director; Stephanie Jones - Locally Grown Guide Manager; Grace Davey - Everyday Chef Coordinator; Amanda Landry (w/ baby James) - Communications & Marketing Manager; Mary Bilecki - Americorps VISTA Glean Team Coordinator; Mara Hearst - Farmer Services Advisor