Location and Travel
The University of Vermont
The University of Vermont’s Dudley H. Davis Center will serve as the central location for conference activities. The construction of the Davis Center, completed in 2007, was the largest and most ambitious building project in UVM’s history. The Davis Center is the first student center in the U.S. to earn LEED Gold Certification for new construction and was built with environmental intention at every turn – from its windows and sky-lights that maximize natural light, to the low-usage showers and toilets, to the green space surrounding the Davis Center that diverts storm water runoff from Lake Champlain. At the Davis Center and beyond, UVM is committed to building an ethos that fosters social justice for all. From diverse artwork to gender-neutral bathrooms, the Davis Center is everyone’s space. (Courtesy of UVM)
The Davis Center is located at 590 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05405. Workshops will be held in classrooms on campus.
Burlington, Vermont is a special place! With just over 42,000 people, it is Vermont’s largest city. On the shores of Lake Champlain and half an hour from the Green Mountains, there are ample opportunities for sailing, biking, swimming, hiking and star-gazing in and around Burlington. Burlington is a family-friendly city with bike paths, public beaches, a science museum and a pedestrian-friendly downtown hub, Church Street. There are 120 acres of working farmland within Burlington’s city limits at the Intervale Center as well as four farmers’ markets. The city is socioeconomically and culturally diverse, with 60 languages spoken by students in the Burlington School District. Burlington is excited to welcome the 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference!
August in Vermont can be lush, bountiful and beautiful. Prepare for heat and humidity, storms and blue skies, delicious food and drinks, friendly people and a contagious spirit of resilience that will help you enjoy your stay, whatever the skies may bring!
Interested in exploring the taste of VT? Visit Dig In Vermont to find B&Bs, farm stays, wineries, classes, events, restaurants, farmers’ markets, cheese trails and more to help you fully experience Vermont’s agricultural authenticity. The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce can help you plan your stay and information about accommodations can be found on our website under Lodging.
At the end of the last ice age, the land that is now Vermont was home many migratory communities of Native peoples and later the Iroquoian, Algonquian and Mahican communities. The river flood-plains, including today’s home of the Intervale Center in Burlington, offered fertile land and were some of the first sites of agriculture in the area. French Explorer Samuel de Champlain recounted viewing extensive corn fields at river mouths as he traveled through Vermont in 1609. As Europeans moved into the region, many native residents fled to Quebec and New England’s backcountry. Though their contact was limited at times, Europeans transmitted deadly diseases to the Native communities, which greatly reduced the size of native population. European settlers moved to the region and began subsistance farming in the 18th century often on same land that Native communities had cultivated for thousands of years. Today, the St. Francis/Sokoki Band, part of the Abenaki community, reside in Northwestern Vermont where they have lived for thousands of years.
Europeans developed the timber and wool industries, and later dairy farming around the middle of the 19th century. Today, Vermont is still largely agricultural. You may have heard that in 2010, the USDA reported that the number of farms in America increased for the first time in 150 years. On a visit to Vermont today, you’ll see that statistic first hand. You’ll see dairy farms, commercial apple orchards, some of which date back to the early 19th century, and many conventional and organic farms. Vermont has the highest number of certified organic farms and certified acreage per capita in the nation.
(Information provided by Intervale Center; The Regional Center for Educational Training, Hanover, NH; and Abenakination.org)
Travel to Vermont
By Car - Burlington is a 6 hour drive from New York City, a 4 hour drive from Boston, and 1.5 hours from Montreal. It is not essential to have a car at this conference, however if you plan on staying in Vermont before or after the conference, a car will definitely aid in your exploration.
By Plane – Burlington International Airport (BTV) is the closest airport. Continental, Delta, JetBlue, United, and US Airways all fly to BTV. Southwest flies to Manchester, NH (2.5 hours away) and Albany, NY (3 hours away). Montreal’s airports are also nearby. You can rent a car at the airport. Check this space for updates about other options for traveling from the airport to your hotel or dorm.
By Train - There are Amtrak stations in Essex Junction (15 minutes outside of Burlington) and Rutland (approximately 2 hours south of Burlington.)
By Bus - There is Megabus service to Burlington from Amherst, Boston, Hartford, New York City and Saratoga Springs. The Megabus stop for all arrivals and departures in Burlington is located at the bus shelter adjacent to the University of Vermont’s Royal Tyler Theater. The theater is located at 116 University Place and is just north of the intersections of University Place and Main St. Greyhound also serves Burlington.