Everyone who met and grew to care for Fuquan, or Fu as we so often called him, would likely have a different story to tell you. He truly is the embodiment of what it means to be a dynamic human being. The roles Fuquan held at the farm this summer speak to the layers that made up his boisterous, yet caring presence. To say that he will be missed would be an understatement of the life, joy, and energy he brought along with him. In the last weeks of his life, Fuquan was learning to build animal structures, care for and milk goats, drive draft horses, make barbeque sauce and jam, feed twenty people for lunch, promote sales as farmers’ market vendor, and of course, his least favorite task, weed plants in the Rainbow Acre.
This issue and photos are meant to commemorate how Fuquan spent the days of his summer, alongside the animals, plants and people here at the farm and in the community kitchen, and at neighboring farms. As the author and photographer of this newsletter (featuring photos by Isabel Darby as well), I’d like to remind you that every room, barn and field will hum quieter for the lack of his laugh and baritone voice we were fortunate to have been graced by in these past days and weeks. – Kennedy Hunn
Highlights From the Final Session: Draft Animal Power & Field Trip to Understory Farm, Sudbury, VT
The final session of the Summer Farm-to-Table Intensive brought farmer Ted Russell from Sudbury, Vermont, to lead the students in a Draft Animal Power: Equine intensive class, July 25-29th. This entailed a visit from Ted to our campus farm, with his draft horse, Clayton. The focus of this session was on the relationship between farming and the animal power that makes larger tasks possible. Students were guided
through safe handling and hygiene care for animals who primarily do farm labor like plowing. After learning about how to properly fit a horse with a harness, Clayton was geared up and ready for stroll around the practice field. Students piled in a van later in the week to get a glimpse of Ted’s full team, as well as see the flower farm, Understory Farm, based on his land. Students then got to put their knowledge to the test practicing, prepping gearing, and hitching up to a wagon to drive on their own.
July Education Partnerships: Vermont Summer Academy in the Farmhouse Community Commercial Kitchen
We are saying farewell to the Vermont Summer Academy Culinary program this first week of August. The Community Commercial Kitchen in the Farmhouse has hosted two 2-week classes for 14-18 year olds on the farm. Session One had 15 students, and this recent session had eight. VSA instructor Chef Danielle and her assistant have done a terrific job introducing the young campers to our college farm and farm-to-table cooking, and in responsibly sharing the vital hub of our Farmhouse kitchen space with our summer students and staff.
With much love and somber hearts,
The Farm Crew