Target 4 – Engaged Community Partners. FWSU staff and students will collaborate, innovate, create and conceptualize ideas and learning with local, regional, state, and global partners to make a difference in their community, state, and world.
Indicator – Students challenge convention and make contributions in their community, state, and world.
Pure Livin’ Farm of Fletcher, Vermont had a “problem” this year – too many blueberries! 2013 was a banner year for blueberry crops around the state. Sean and Pat Breen, owners of the 650 plant all-natural blueberry farm, just couldn’t get them picked fast enough. After several busy weekends of “pick-your-own blueberries” and many berry sales, these part-time berry farmers had harvested all they wanted. Yet beautiful blueberries kept appearing in the bushes.
“How can we make good use of this delicious abundance?” they wondered. They quickly came up with a wonderful solution – donate the berries for a good cause! But the ripe berries still needed picking before they spoiled.
Sean and Pat are busy professionals who spend much of their summer tending 40 gorgeous acres in Fletcher, VT overlooking Mount Mansfield. Sean is an alternative energy consultant and Pat is an elementary teacher at BFA Fairfax. When she reached out to her BFA colleagues, volunteers organized in no time.
In a few short hours on August 13th, BFA Fairfax students, family, and friends picked more than 90 lbs. of blueberries. This crop was then quickly distributed to the Community Action Food Shelf, Tim’s House (formerly Martha’s Kitchen), and some were even set aside for BFA Fairfax students to enjoy when they return to school.
Many hands made light (and delicious) work!