Saturday, September 16, 2017

Join VINE for an equinox potluck celebrating 'the three sisters'

Everyone in the community is welcome to attend this Sunday, 4 to 6 pm. All are invited to bring a vegan dish to share. If that’s not possible, VINE’s potlucks always have plenty of wonderful food so anyone can attend, even if they do not bring something to share.

Enjoy delicious vegan dishes and desserts while meeting and mingling with the people who care for the more than 600 animals at VINE Sanctuary.

Bring a vegan dish featuring corn, beans, and/or squash to share, and you could win a prize! If you can't bring a dish to share, come anyway -- we always have plenty!

Here in what is now Vermont, Abenaki farmers grew corn, beans, and squash for many centuries before European immigrants deforested the Green Mountains to create pastures for sheep and cows. Known as the "three sisters" of Native American agriculture because of the ways the plants support each other when grown together, these three crops can be cultivated sustainably in our region and should be central components of Vermont's plant-based agricultural future.

So, let's celebrate the delciousness of squash, beans, and corn while learning more about their place in our past and our future. We will be giving out prizes for most creative corn-based dish, the sweetest squash-based dish, and the most beautiful bean-based dish as well as a grand prize for the best dish incorporating all three.

For ideas and recipes, visit or and search for beans, squash, or corn.

This FREE event takes place Sunday, September 17th from 4 to 6 pm at the Springfield Unitarian Universalist church. The church is located at 21 Fairground Road. We will be using the Activities Room and adjoining kitchen. This is a handicapped-accessible venue. Included will be a brief presentation on the "three sisters" and their role in Vermont's past and future.

No need to RSVP, but if you'd like to tell us what you're bringing, to help us plan, that would be wonderful. Email address:

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