The Slow Living Summit is a project of Strolling of the Heifers, a non-profit organization founded in 2001 with the mission of supporting and sustaining family farms by connecting people with healthy local food.
“The Stroll” annually presents its biggest events during Strolling of the Heifers Weekend (June 7-9), when tens of thousands of people come to Brattleboro for the Strolling of the Heifers Parade — a “Mardi Gras meets Running of the Bulls” affair, in which scores of lovable heifer calves are led by future farmers, followed by many other farm animals, bands, floats, clowns, tractors and much more. When it’s over, the crowd follows the parade to the all-day, 11-acre Slow Living Expo on Brattleboro’s town Common and the grounds of the Brattleboro Retreat.
Stroll Weekend kicks off on Friday evening with a block party on Main Street, and winds up on Sunday with the Tour de Heifer — a set of challenging dirt-road farm-to-farm cycling tours through scenic southeastern Vermont. Or for a less strenuous tour, there’s the self-guided Farm/Food/Fiber Tour of farms and food enterprises open to the public.
Strolling of the Heifers also carries out a set of year-round programs in support of healthy local food and sustainable living, including the Slow Living Summit, Slow Living Leadership Institute, Vermont Farm/Food Business Plan Competition, the Locavore Index, and a new Vermont branding project. Information on all of these are on our What We Do page.
Stroll Weekend happens immediately after the Slow Living Summit — plan to take in both! Visit the Stroll’s website for complete information.