Monkton news for August 20

MONKTON — The Monkton Museum and Historical Society and the East Monkton Church Association will cohost a showing of the documentary “Forgotten Farms” on Monday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. at the East Monkton Church. The event is free and open to everyone.
Dairy farmers remain the backbone of agriculture in New England, but they are fighting for survival. “Forgotten Farms” examines class divides in our farm and food communities. The dairy farmer seems left out of the celebration of local food.
Dairy farmers tend 1.2 million acres of farmland and produce almost all of the milk consumed in New England. Often overlooked are the farmers at the foundation of the region’s agricultural economy. There is much to learn from dairy farmers, who have been managing most of the farmland and sustaining the farm economy for so many, many years.
Through conversations with farmers and policy experts, the documentary reconsiders the role of these vital but forgotten farmers. “Forgotten Farms” provides a glimpse into the past and a vision for a future regional food system. The documentary shows the cultural divide between the new food movement and traditional farming, highlighting the need to examine differences, develop mutual understanding, and find common ground. A truly sustainable local food system that benefits everyone will rely on all our farmers.
This documentary is very interesting and truly thought provoking. Join us on Aug. 20. All are welcome.
The church is located at 405 Church Road in Monkton. Parking will be along Church Road. Note that portable restroom facilities will be available at the church. Also, there are a few stairs at the entrance to the church. If assistance is needed, pull your vehicle onto the grass and up to either side of the church near the steps. We would be happy to provide assistance with the stairs.
For further information and questions, contact call Gill Coates at 802-482-2277 or [email protected].
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