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Front Page / Aug. 11, 2016 9:13am EDT

Area Farmers Bring ‘Olympics’ to the Field


Henry Fitzpatrick, Suzanne Long, Rose Pytte, and Tim Sanford of South Royalton’s Luna Bleu Farm eagerly await the start of the seeding relay. (Herald / Tim Calabro) Henry Fitzpatrick, Suzanne Long, Rose Pytte, and Tim Sanford of South Royalton’s Luna Bleu Farm eagerly await the start of the seeding relay. (Herald / Tim Calabro) Tuesday evening, the Northeast Organic Farmers Association hosted its second-annual Farmer Olympics. This year's games were hosted in Vershire at Niko and Liana Horster's Broad Acres Farm on Brown Road.

Dozens of contestants from throughout Vermont competed in a series of diabolical agriculture-based contests including a manure-relay, a fencing competition (no, not the kind with swords), a set of math problems that require calculating time to hay a field, and finally a round-bale rolling race.

Winners were awarded prizes from area sponsors and everyone was treated with pizza from NOFA-VT’s brick oven and crepes from the Skinny Pancake.

Last year’s inaugural event was held in Bolton and, according to NOFA board member Mimi Arnstein, the games will find a new home in the state each year. See more photos from the Farmer Olympics here.



Merle Russell of Humble Hill Farm in Vershire takes a whack at the hay bale toss. (Herald / Tim Calabro) Merle Russell of Humble Hill Farm in Vershire takes a whack at the hay bale toss. (Herald / Tim Calabro)

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