Ski Vermont’s Fifth Grade Passport Program Raises $8,510 for Keep Local Farms Fund
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Ski Vermont presented a contribution check of $8,510 to the Keep Local Farms Fund at Billings Farm and Museum in Woodstock, VT on Thursday, August 8, 2013. The contribution comes from the proceeds of Ski Vermont’s Fifth Grade Passport program which enabled 1900 children to ski and snowboard for free in Vermont during the 2012-13 season.
This is the third year in a row that the profits were donated to the Keep Local Farms Fund, whichsupports the long-term viability of New England’s dairy farms using three strategies: educating New Englanders about dairy farming, promoting purchases of milk and other dairy foods, and raising funds to support the sustainability of New England’s dairy farms. Contributions from Ski Vermont to the Keep Local Farms Fund over the last three years total nearly $26,000.
“Vermont’s sprawling green fields and snow covered peaks are not only a beautiful backdrop for visitors and Vermonters alike, but are also a part of our economic landscape,” said Ski Vermont Public Affairs Director Sarah Neith. “It only makes sense for the ski and farm industries to work together to guarantee the future success of both iconic Vermont industries.”
“Ski Vermont has been an amazing supporter of our Must Be The Milk program and Keep Local Farms Fund. We are honored to partner with Ski Vermont, a like-minded partner who sees the connection between dairy agriculture and tourism and how the relationship benefits the local community, economy and environment,” said New England Dairy Promotion Board CEO, Gary Wheelock.
Ski Vermont's Fifth Grade Passport program will launch it’s 13th year of enabling children to ski free at all partner resorts, inspiring them to connect with the Vermont landscape. Ski Vermont also pledges to continue to donate proceeds from the passport’s $10 processing fee to support the sustainability of New England’s dairy farmers in the 2013-14 season.
About the Associations and Programs:
Must Be The Milk is an initiative of the New England Dairy Promotion Board. The program aims to educate people about the value of local dairy farms to our economy, our environment and our health and wellness. The Keep Local Farms Fund is the home of Must Be The Milk’s funding support for New England dairy agriculture. Beginning in 2013, the Keep Local Farms Fund will partner with New England non-profit organizations to support projects and programs related to three key dimensions of thriving dairy agriculture: Environment, Economy and Education. Learn more at www.mustbethemilk.com.
Ski Vermont serves its 19 Alpine and 30 Nordic member resorts in three major areas: governmental affairs, marketing and public affairs. It is a private non-profit trade association founded in 1969 to foster a legislative, economic and social environment in which the state's ski industry can grow and prosper. The association’s priorities include environmental integrity, enhancing economic and social contributions to the state's welfare, and promoting Vermont as the premier destination for winter tourism. For more information on Ski Vermont’s Fifth Grade Passport program, please visit www.skivermont.com/FGP.
Photo Caption:Dairy farmers accept a check for $8,510 from Sarah Neith of Ski Vermont to benefit the Keep Local Farms Fund, which supports the long-term viability of New England’s dairy farms. From left to right:Tim Bryant, dairy farmer from Pawlet, VT and Chairman of New England Dairy Promotion Board; Beth Kennett, dairy farmer and owner of Liberty Hill Farm Inn, Rochester, VT; Sarah Neith; David Kennett of Liberty Hill Farm Inn, Rochester, VT.
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