Agriculture meets arts at Retreat Farm | The Brattleboro Reformer

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Ballet dancers will be using Retreat Farm as the backdrop for a production that touches on many elements of the property’s agricultural heritage.

Lindsay Fahey, director of marketing and communications at Retreat Farm, looks at the Ballet to Farm Project’s stop in Brattleboro as an opportunity to showcase the Children’s Farm and Forest program to members of the community who have not yet come to see it. That’s just the first phase of a multi-year project.

“We’re really pleased with how it’s unfolding,” said Buzz Schmidt, executive director at Retreat Farm. “It’s gratifying to see our aspirations materialize.”

The Ballet to Farm Project is directed by Chatch Pregger. A string sextet will play Vivaldi. The full-length production “reinterprets classical ballet choreography to tell the story of a Vermont farm from Spring to Fall,” according to farmtoballet.org. The different stages of farming — planting, irrigating, tending and harvesting the farm’s produce — are all part of the show.

The event starts at 6 p.m. on Aug. 12. But gates open at 4:30 p.m. so attendees can tour, play and walk the nature trail.

Local food trucks — Dosa Kitchen, Rigani Wood-Fired Pizza, Ro’s Petite Fete and Tito’s Taqueria — will also be there. Blankets and chairs are advised. Tickets are free for children 12 and under and $15 for adults.

Proceeds will go to the Farm to Ballet Project, which holds productions throughout the state, and the Retreat Farm’s children’s program. Retreat Farm members get a 10 percent discount on tickets, merchandise and food truck purchases. To buy tickets, visit retreatfarm.org/ballet.

Progress at the farm

Play spaces have been made inside and outside the Calf Barn, which is home to the Children’s Farm and Forest Program. Educational books, toys and other items are available inside a gift shop at the entrance of the barn.

The petting farm can be accessed from the store. Animals are brought to the pasture later in the day….

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