Preservation Trust Looks To Assist In BGS Reopening
by Chloe Powell, Barnard News
A meeting was held last Thursday at the Barnard Town Hall, chaired by Rick Carbin, and attended by a group of Barnard citizens hoping to reopen ourGeneralStore. A verbal agreement has been reached with the landowner for a $20,000 option to purchase the store within 6 months.
Paul Bruhn of the Preservation Trust was in attendance and pointed out the success stories of towns such as Putney, and Shrewsbury, where his organization has supported communities to come to creative solutions to keep their General Stores in operation.
The Preservation Trust of Vermont is serving as fiscal sponsor through which it will be possible to make tax-deductible donations towards the purchase of the General Store.
The Barnard Community Trust was set up in several years ago to facilitate Community ownership of the General Store, but also to support other projects that benefit our community.
The Community Trust has been sitting idle, but at the meeting the Board was expanded from its original members, Rick Carbin, Mary Blanton, Lee Resiguee, to include interim trustees, TomP latner, Teo Zagar, Dana Bargezi Christopher Piana,MaryMyers, Tony Braca, and Boyd Bishop. This group will be instrumental in the reopening of the Store, but will rely on a large community effort in fundraising and energy to get our store running again.
The option amount of $20,000 has been reached, and when a formal agreement is reached an informational meeting will be held inviting the whole community to share ideas and learn more about what this process will take. This process will not be easy, but the energy and will to revive our store is strong, and I look forward to hearing and sharing ideas to recreate a store that supports our community.
I spent much of this week visiting gardens all over Barnard helping friends and family get plants in the ground. Soon, there will be an unbelievable abundance of food in town, and hopefully we can get the doors of the store open soon to serve as a market for all the fresh food that is coming in already.
Thanks to a mini grant from Upper Valley Farm to School an after school group from the Barnard Academy took a field trip to Clark Farm to learn about honeybees with Patrick Sullivan and Lizzie Bogosian of the Honeybee Narrative. This weekend these students attended the Trek to Taste at the National Park in Woodstock where they served up granola bars made with local honey. Unfortunately, Saturday’s rainy weather was not ideal for hiking the trails, but those who attended enjoyed good company, good food and good music.
We have so many opportunities these days to share great art and food. This weekend,Friday and SaturdayJune8and9 at7p.m, catch the Spring Show of BarnArts, Barnard’s new arts nonprofit. The show will feature a Gospel Trio from New York City,international opera, and local talent including Jim Yeager, pianist Sarah Lenfest, Jody Henderson, Jenny Barry, and a string quartet in which I will play cello and violin. The winter show was a smash hit, and this show should prove to be just as moving. Tickets can be reserved at 802 332-6020.
Next week, many Barnard farmers and community members will be hosting a group of sixth grade students from the Conservatory Lab Charter School of Boston. The group came last year as fifth graders to learn about farming and food in our rural community. It was quite a life changing experience for them as well as for all of us who helped to host them. We were amazed by this group of children, who have been given the gift of music at their school which has an after school orchestra program built into their school day.They will be giving a performance at Fable Farm’s CSA pickup next week June 14, and enjoying a farm tour at the Clark Farm on Friday, June 15.
To learn more about this amazing school visit clcs.org.
Don’t miss Barn Yard Bash June 16, a celebration of local food and music, and a fundraiser for Farm to- School. The event begins at 4:30, and will feature music of Pete Sutherland, a community jam, and at 6 p.m., Quincy Mumford and the Reason Why out of New Jersey.
Entry is $10, and includes 3 tickets for samples. More tickets can be purchased for $1 each. Come and sample some of the delicious products of Barnard businesses, including food from the Barnard Inn, Down to Earth Confections (Chris Wilson), Carin’s Kombucha, Potlicker jams, Bowman Road farm, Fable Farm, Heartwood Farm. I hope to see you there.
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