Tour organic farm that changes youth


Friday, June 15

DANBY - Spend an afternoon at Smokey House Center in Danby, learning how this organic farm/CSA operation raises organic vegetables, fruits, maple syrup, and natural beef, pork, lamb, and turkeys, while it also changes the lives of area at-risk young people, teaching them academic, social, and workplace skills. Youth participants in the Smokey House Center program sell the products they have raised each Saturday, May through October, at the Downtown Rutland Farmers Market.

There will be an opportunity to visit Smokey House Center itself on a guided tour, Saturday, June 16, at 3 p.m. See this year-round operation that combines farming and forestry, producing top quality agricultural products in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.

This tour is the second of five summer farm tours in Rutland County, every third Saturday of the month, sponsored by the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL).

On July 21, the tour visits Wood's Market Garden, a diversified fruit and vegetable farm in Brandon. On Aug. 18, visit Mendon Mountain Orchards in Mendon, a pick-your-own apple orchard and bakery. The final tour, Sept. 15, is of Northeastern Vine Supply of East Poultney, a nursery specializing in cold-tolerant wine and table grapes. All tours begin at 3 p.m.

For more information, call RAFFL at 802-287-9311 or e-mail


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