Food Justice

We organize and amplify the voices of those impacted by injustice in order to move toward greater food sovereignty in the Northeast Kingdom.

Kids moving a garden bed they built at Atkins Field

Grow Your Own

The mission of Grow Your Own is to increase community food independence and well-being through shared knowledge, skills, and experience.

Upcoming Summer Workshops


Silene DeCiucies will teach Cheesemaking on June 29. Silene is a dairy enthusiast and one of our farm business planners at the Center for an Agricultural Economy. She will lead this workshop in making a fresh lactic cheese with materials that you might have lying around at home: raw milk, natural cultures, and a little bit of farm-made rennet. Think chevre, but with cow milk; this cheese can be eaten fresh, rolled in herbs, or aged for a few weeks depending on your preference. Bring your home cheesemaking questions and conversation; Silene has been making cheese at home scale for 8 years and loves to talk cheese and dairy!


When: June 29, 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Where: Atkins Field Pavilion
(100 Granite St, Hardwick)





On July 27, Carol Fairbank of Broadfork Farm in Greensboro will lead a workshop at the Atkins Field Pavilion on dehydrating foods as a method of preserving them, with taste tests.

There are more ways to preserve the harvest than canning and freezing! If you haven’t tried your hand at dehydrating food, we welcome you to come and learn how. Humans have been drying food for generations without any fancy equipment or even kitchen space. In this workshop, we’ll explore a variety of ways to dry foods with or without a dehydrator, including tips and tricks to get the best results for fruits, vegetables, meats, and more. Participants will enjoy a tasting of a variety of dehydrated foods, and will have the opportunity to make a simple solar dehydrator to take home.

dehydrated food

When: July 27, 1:30pm - 3:30pm 

Where: Atkins Field Pavilion
(100 Granite St, Hardwick)




On August 10, Rebecca Beidler of Peace Of Earth Farm in Albany will lead a workshop in fermenting vegetables, with taste tests. Participants will learn about ratios, methods, and recipes for successful fermenting of various veggies and be able to taste some samples. Each person will take home a pint of chopped veggies to ferment at home. Rebecca Beidler grows berries, vegetables, fruits, and mushrooms at her farm and enjoys fermenting and eating fermented foods.

veggies in jar

When: August 10, 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Where: Vermont Food Venture Center
(140 Junction Rd, Hardwick)




Peggy Newfield of Newfield Herb Farm in Craftsbury led a May workshop in growing herbs and cooking with them. Thanks to the Hardwick Area Health Center for use of the community kitchen! Participants had a great time and learned much from Peggy's excellent teaching.

All workshops are from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. As always with Grow Your Own workshops, there will be time for sharing your own ideas, successes, challenges, and questions. There is a general camaraderie among those of us who love to cook and garden and preserve!

Grow Your Own is a project of the Hardwick Area Food Pantry and the Center for an Agricultural Economy. The mission of Grow Your Own is to increase community food independence and well-being through shared skills, knowledge, and experience.

Workshops are always free. Donations are gratefully accepted online when you register. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Bethany at: 


What People Are Saying

"Awesome fun!"      "Very encouraging to try new ideas!" 

  "Great workshop!"      "Great info! Love the hands-on work."

  "Best workshop yet! I'm excited about bucket gardening now!"

"Learned a lot. First time veg gardener."                     

 "Loving the workshops! Keep them going!" 

Grow Your Own is a collaboration among CAE, the Hardwick Area Food Pantry, and Wonder Arts. It involves a steering committee of dedicated community volunteers.

Interested in joining Grow Your Own or learning more? Membership and workshops are free and open to the public, and children are welcome. For more information, contact Heather Davis, executive director at the Hardwick Area Food Pantry or CAE Community Programs Manager Bethany Dunbar.

Pies for People

Pies for people is written over an image of a pie.

Each November, our annual Pies for People event brings together volunteers and gleaned local produce in the spirit of sharing the bounty of the harvest. 2023 marks 15 years of Pies for People!!! Each fall volunteers make more than 100 pies from gleaned squash - donated by High Mowing Organic Seeds. This project is a part of Grow Your Own, and a collaboration between the Hardwick Area Food Pantry (HAFP) and CAE. The pies go to our neighbors at the pantry, schools, and nursing homes in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

In 2023 the community is making 300 pies, and they can be dropped off at any of the HAFP sites. 

Drop off pies by November 13 at the Hardwick Area Food Pantry.

Drop off pies on November 18 at the Albany location.

Drop off pies on November 21 at the Craftsbury location.


To join the effort or learn more, visit: 

Pies For People

Pies for People

Produce to Pantries

Local food networks are nimble, flexible, and adaptive, this allows them to meet the needs of the community in ways larger, centralized systems cannot. The pandemic has illuminated many ways that the industrial food system doesn’t work to feed and nourish everyone. After participating in the national USDA Farmers to Families Food Box programs in 2020, we asked, “How can we localize this effort? Can we use our existing relationships and infrastructure to involve local small-scale farmers and our local pantries to meet the needs of our communities?”

The answer is Produce to Pantries, a partnership between the CAE and the Hardwick Area Food Pantry (HAFP). We buy produce from local farms, which is distributed at HAFP’s three sites in Hardwick, Albany, and Craftsbury. Not only does this get quality, locally-grown produce to more households - we intentionally seek small-scale and emerging farm partners to build equity among small farmers in our area. It is truly an example of neighbors feeding neighbors, and communities looking out for each other.

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