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Are you a Vermont farm that's open to the public? Vermont Farms! Association is a membership organization whose mission is to provide education opportunities about agriculture to the public. Its major goal is to sustain and enhance the rural working landscape that characterizes Vermont.

Membership in the 2009 directory and on the Vermont Farms website (www.vtfarms.org) is now open to new members. If you are engaged in an educational farm activity that welcomes the general public, either for fee or free, the Vermont Farms group invites you to join the ranks of other Vermont farmers who share the mission.

Association members offer a wide spectrum of farm activities that are both fun and educational, during all four seasons of the year. Farms engaged in agritourism play a critical role in increasing understanding about where food and fiber come from and how today's farms are managed. With today's consumer concerned about sources of food, ushc as Mexico and China, and other agricultural products, agritourism represents a unique opportunity to educate the public.

According to association President Beth Kennett of Liberty Hill Farm, "Vermont working farms are rich in family friendly experiences,warm hearths, and even warmer hearts."

Whether you are engaged in dairy farming, maple sugaring, cheese making, pick-your-own fruits and vegetables, wineries, sleigh rides, sheep, alpacas, or goats, farm stays, or a host of other farm activities, membership in Vermont Farms! Association may be right for you. Call 747-7900 or e-mail info@vtfarms.org.

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