Sunset of the Tour

Lake Champlain from Orchard Cove at Shelburne Farms.

Celebration! was the theme on the final evening of Vermont Food Systems Summer Study Tour 2015 as we gathered at the Orchard Cove guesthouse of Shelburne Farms.

The previous 20 days had been jam-packed with activities, both intellectual and experiential, and now the group had time to reflect a little beside sparkling Lake Champlain.

Paul Costello of the Vermont Council on Rural Development addresses the group.


The table was set and the delicious meal of farm-sourced burgers, salad, and berry cobbler were served by Shelburne staff.

An outdoor table, punctuated by peonies.

I sat there reflecting that if our tour had been a movie, this would have been the cast party.

Quite a few of the actors showed up to cheer us and share in the joy of our having completed the course: Paul Costello, Ellen Kahler, Doug Lantagne, Louise Calderwood, Chris Dutton, Rachel Arsenault, Philip Ackerman-Leist, and Vicky Tebbetts.

As is often said (but in this case very true), “A good time was had by all.”