Ski Vermont Raises $16K For Dairy Farmers With Fifth Grade Passport Program
Ski Vermont presented a contribution check of a record-breaking $16,365 to the Keep Local Farms Fund at Fairmont Farm in East Montpelier, VT. The donation comes from the proceeds of Ski Vermont’s Fifth Grade Passport program that enabled nearly 2,500 children to ski and snowboard for free in Vermont during the 2014-15 season.
Ski Vermont had donated to the Keep Local Farms Fund for the last three years with contributions totaling nearly $45,000.
The Keep Local Farms Fund supports the long-term viability of New England’s dairy farms through 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.
“We've been donating to Keep Local Farms since before I started but I can tell you we continue to do so because we feel a strong community connection to the farmers of Vermont,” Ski Vermont Public Relations Director Sarah Wojcik told SnoCountry.com.
“Both the mountains and farms of Vermont add to the idyllic beauty of the state and we also like to honor the farm-to-table connection resorts have with local farmers. Both skiing and farming are important economic drivers in Vermont and we believe by working together we create a stronger community.”
Wojcik added that exposing kids to the slopes and to local farms not only educates them about Vermont's economy and resources but also encourages a connection with the landscape and healthy lifestyles.
Ski Vermont’s Fifth Grade Passport program is entering its sixteenth year, enabling over 20,000 children to ski free at Vermont resorts and inspiring them to connect with the Vermont landscape. Passports are available for the 2015-16 season for a just $10 processing fee. The proceeds from this fee will be donated to Keep Local Farms in 2016.
Photos: Sarah Wojcik of Ski Vermont presents a check to Laura Hardie of the New England Dairy Promotion Board and Clara Ayer, a third generation dairy farmer at Fairmont Farm. (Karen Pike); Skiing and riding are magical sports and that can change lives, supporting healthier decisions and experiences that can last a lifetime. (Bromley)