Vermont Foodbank’s Kingsbury Farm – Part I
by David Epstein, October 2, 2009
posted by David Epstein, AIA, LEED AP
As a board member of the Vermont Foodbank (VFB), I have been continually impressed with the innovative approaches taken by VFB to solve the hunger problem. It’s not just about gathering and sharing food anymore, and part of the Foodbank’s approach is to nurture partnerships that promote positive change and education about hunger issues.
It was in this spirit that VFB acquired the Kingsbury Farm in Warren, Vermont. The Vermont Land Trust, working with a group of local community organizations, bought the farm with the goal of preserving the agricultural land and historic structures for community use and protecting the river while providing public access. They found the perfect buyer. The Vermont Foodbank stepped forward to purchase the farm to grow fresh produce for its network partners and as a community resource to educate the public about hunger issues in Vermont,
the value of nutrition, and local sustainable agriculture.
TruexCullins has been privileged to help VFB with master planning services for the Kingsbury Farm, helping the Foodbank and its partners define a vision for the farm as it evolves. Phase I includes the renovation of the garage into the center of agricultural operations for the farm. Phase II and III (blog post) coming soon!