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Vermont Farmers Food Center (Rutland, VT 05701-2851)
Gregory Cox (Project Director: February 2017 to present)

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Totals (matching):
$30,000 (approved)
$30,000 (offered)
$30,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2017 – 7/31/2021

Root Words

An oral history project that will collect and present the stories of rural Vermont.

In partnership, the Vermont Farmers Food Center (VFFC), Shrewsbury Institute for Agricultural Education(SAGE), and the Shrewsbury Historical Society will create the Root Words project; a forum for collecting and presenting the stories of rural Vermonters. The sharing and study of great works of poetry and literature will inspire our participants and guide our process as we consider the elements that make a story powerful and accessible. Collaboratively, we will host a series of live storytelling events that will culminate in an audio visual story series shown at SAGE’s Russellville Schoolhouse and made publicly available on all participating organization’s websites. Community members will have ongoing access to our work through a permanent, interactive, historic photo installation at VFFC. This program will solidify our position as leaders in the community who understand our past, honor the individual while considering the whole, and create new histories from this thoughtful position.