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Ferrisburgh Farm To Host First Vermont Breakfast On The Farm

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Beth O'Keefe
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Vermont Farm Bureau
Three generations of the Vander Wey family work the Nea-Tocht Farm, in Ferrisburgh. They are opening their farm up to the public for the first Vermont Breakfast on the Farm.

The Vermont Agency Of Agriculture wants you to have breakfast on them with a local dairy farmer. The first Vermont Breakfast on the Farm will be held at Nea-Tocht Farm, in Ferrisburgh.

The free farm breakfast series is organized by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. It's stated goal is to "provide a first-hand look at modern food production and the farm families who work hard to produce a safe, wholesome food supply for Vermont communities and the world through educational stations that highlight how farmers care for the environment, their animals and their community."

Here's what an announcement about the inaugural event says about Nea-Tocht Farm:

The Nea-Tocht Farm is a family farm, owned and operated by Raymond and Linda Vander Wey, their five children and their grandchildren. With the third generation growing up on the farm and taking on more responsibility, they are looking forward to more generations to come. The farm has won many awards for their high quality milk and in 2000, was honored with the Dairy Farm of the Year award. The Vander Wey family houses 500 cows in free stall barns on 800 acres of land.

While a operating traditional family farm, Raymond and Linda Vander Wey have also embraced new technologies including a wind turbine and a robotic milker.

“This event will provide the community with a chance to see a real, working dairy farm, up close,” Vermont Agency of Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross said in a press release. “Opportunities such as this help raise awareness for farm practices and build agricultural literacy – an understanding of where our food comes from, and how it is produced. This is one way we can help ensure future generations of Vermonters maintain a connection to the land and an appreciation for the importance of agriculture in our state.”

The event will take place Saturday, Aug. 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with breakfast seatings every hour from 9 until noon. Participants can also take self-guided tours of the farm. Admission is free but tickets must be reserved online in advance. Nea-Tocht Farm is located at 28 Vanders Way, in Ferrisburgh.

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