The Hunt for the Hickory

Beginning this year, we are conducting a public “Hunt for the Hickory” campaign, seeking to identify existing stands of hickory trees that have potential to be harvested for nut oil production.  After locating existing hickory stands, landowners will be offered contracts to allow crews of people to clear and maintain the harvest area around the trees in the late summer, and to return in October for harvest. \

Some Questions

Quick Details

If you’re interested, please email Tina Barney at More details to come soon!

Hickory Harvest!

Save the Date!

To kick off the Hunt, on August 10-13th we will be hosting a new, immersive musical, EF! at the Dartmouth Organic Farm in Hanover, NH.

EF! brings the audience into the direct action environmental movement via an immersive performance that imagines the audience as attendees at an action camp, preparing for a blockade. This performance will be coupled with a clean up and educational activity in the same hickory tree forest where we are performing. The audience will be invited to either camp out overnight after the performance or return in the morning to participate. 

Upper Valley Urban Agriculture and Agroforestry Tour

The Upper Valley Agroforestry and Urban Agriculture Tour, organized by the White River NRCD and VT Healthy Soils Coalition took place on July 29, 2022. 

The goals for this tour were:

- To connect VT Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Conservation District staff with on-the-ground projects focusing on agroforestry and urban agriculture and to help direct federal funding to projects such as these.

- To better understand federal and state funding opportunities, codes and calendars, block Grants for community gardens and composting, opportunities for urban ag and agroforestry, mulching, cover cropping, tree nurseries, and food security.

- To lift up the amazing work being done on the ground by Vermonters all over the state who are leading the way to invite massive biodiversity back to the land while building the social mycelium and shared educational systems.

The Six Tour Stops:

Pocket Park, South Strafford, VT

Clifford Park Food Forest and Abenaki Garden, West Hartford VT

Riverwalk Trail Food Forest, White River Junction VT

Tina Barney's Home, Hartland VT

Windsor Community Garden & Food Forest, Windsor VT

Cedar Mountain Farm, Hartland VT

Thank you to our local TV Station, JAM, for documenting this event.

Pictured from left to right:  Joe Buford, USDA-NRCS VT; Jesse Marksohn, Yellowbud Farm; Stephen Leslie, Cedar Mountain Farm; Travis Thomason, USDA-NRCS VT; Karen Ganey, Permaculture Solutions; Jennifer Byrne, White River NRCD; John Roberts, USDA-FSA VT; Elodie Eid, Yellowbud Farm; Cat Buxton, VT Healthy Soils Coalition; Karl Thidemann, Soil4Climate and White River NRCD

Agroforestry Presentations with Juan Alvez, Ph.D

In April 2023, our District co-hosted a mini-series with the Franklin County NRCD and the VT Healthy Soils Coalition featuring Juan Alvez, Agroforestry Specialist at University of Vermont Extension. 

Watch the recordings of Juan's presentations here:

Farm2Plate Agroforestry Priority Strategy Team

Our District Manager co-facilitates the Agroforestry Priority Strategy Team hosted by the Farm2Plate Network.  The team meets on the first Friday of every month from 10-11:30am.  This is a space where practitioners and researchers of agroforestry meet to share ideas, knowledge, and updates on their work.  Consider joining the Network to stay in the know about agroforestry work in Vermont!