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Vermont Reads

Multiple Perspectives and Counter Narratives in Vermont’s Food System

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January 19, 2023: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The cover of The Most Costly Journey book

Food systems are integral to daily life in communities. But the common narratives about how food arrives at our tables often don’t reflect how those food systems really work. How can we support youth in challenging those narratives to help create a more just and sustainable food system? Vermont Folklife and Shelburne Farms Institute for Sustainable Schools invite you to explore counter narratives in food systems grounded in our home place of Vermont.

First, join a conversation with Teresa Mares, project editor/author of The Most Costly Journey and co-director of The Huertas Project co-director. Then we will support educators in a guided engagement with a variety of teaching resources – The Most Costly Journey , Vermont Folklife primary source sets on farming and foodways, Vermont Harvest of the Month (Dairy), VT Historical Society’s Vermont History Explorer, and other counter narrative resources. We’ll wrap up the day with work time for you to integrate these resources into your spring curriculum, dream up project plans, and exchange ideas with peers from around the state.

Join us to:

  • Learn about, engage with, and design uses for resources in your classroom/context
  • Boost your confidence in teaching and using counter narratives in the context of food systems and farm to school efforts
  • Connect and learn from community partners and peers
  • Create a plan for a project or unit using the resources

This program is designed for K-12th grade educators and we invite FTS Coordinators, VT FTS Network partners, and others to join us.

Registration required.


Please reach out to Jen Cirillo with any questions (


Learn more about Vermont Reads and the creation of The Most Costly Journey here.


January 19, 2023
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Jen Cirillo
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Vermont Historical Society
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