Community. It is something that we here at RLR value more than we can really say and the fact that we have been able to find so many incredible people in our small community (comparatively to the last place we lived) has really been something we cannot and will not take for granted.
As the leaves slowly began to reveal their bright reds and deep burnt orange costumes in a swan song of beautiful color and breathtaking sweeping hill painting exercises we trudged up the hill at Free Verse Farm in Chelsea, Vermont to take in a day of music, poetry, local food and craft beers amongst a community of many folks we were yet to know. The solace in knowing that all were there for similar reasons, to celebrate that knitting together of our values and just wanting to enjoy a day in our incredible surroundings with friends old and new.
Taylor Katz and Misha Johnson of Free Verse Farm opened their hearts and their land to us all on this day. Of the event the farmers said, “We could not have imagined a more perfect day to celebrate the 5th anniversary of our farm. Perfect weather, smiles all around, inspiring performances from poets and musicians, along with fabulous food and drink from local makers.
Connecting with our community is what inspires our work, and it has been our goal since the foundation of our farm to bring people together on our land. The Festival was a perfect manifestation of this dream, and we look forward to continuing to collaborate with our community for many years to come.”
Partnering with local online publication Junction Magazine
, the couple was able to pull together a truly special day of art with a neighborhood feel and a backdrop of incredible beauty.
James Napoli of Junction stated, “Farmers Taylor and Misha were among the very first people featured in Junction, and they have been big supporters ever since, so it was wonderful to have had the opportunity to collaborate with them on Free Verse Fest as a celebration of the farm’s fifth anniversary and to help kickoff a big fundraising campaign. We really lucked out with the perfect combination of fall weather, a beautiful location on the hill above Chelsea, and the coming-together of so many lovely people: poets, musicians, farmers, brewers, food vendors, artists, volunteers, and all the festival attendees who came out to support Free Verse. Fingers crossed that we’ll do it again next year!”
Indeed, lets hope for a next year!