Celebrating Our Relationship with the Intervale Center. A close partner deeply aligned with our mission: to inspire our community to pursue a lifetime of
outdoor activity and environmental stewardship. Graphic: Carly Freeman.
Celebrating Our Relationship with the Intervale Center. A close partner deeply aligned with our mission: to inspire our community to pursue a lifetime of outdoor activity and environmental stewardship. Graphic: Carly Freeman.

Intervale Center Grant Announcement

For the past 36 years, Patagonia has been funding grassroot environmental organizations in an effort to, as their mission reads, “to Save our Home Planet.” Skirack and Patagonia Burlington have been fortunate to be a part of this effort through grant support to the Intervale Center. In recent years, the grant has been given to the Intervale Center’s Conservation Nursery, whose focus is to raise and plant tens of thousands of native trees every year to support and improve water quality in Vermont. This has also been put forward to sequester carbon, fight erosion and build a better wildlife habitat.

This year, we are happy to announce that through Patagonia’s Action Works Grant Program, Skirack and Patagonia Burlington have been able to once again show our support with a grant of $20,000 to the Intervale Center: to support not just the continuation of critical conservation projects through the nursery, but to expand into supporting the organization’s broad range of conservation and agriculture projects aimed to strengthen community food systems. The grant is providing core resources to maintain the best services they can to their farmers, improve land and water quality, and bring more people into the good food movement.

It is no secret that the past year has been challenging for everyone and through Patagonia’s grant program, the Intervale Center is able to continue their hard work and efforts, while also planning for the future health of their organization.


Farms, Land, People:
About the Intervale Center

The Intervale Center's mission is to strengthen community food systems. Founded in 1988, the Intervale Center manages a 360-acre campus of farmland, trails and open space along the Winooski River in Burlington, VT. Their influence radiates out from this beloved place as they work across Vermont to enhance farm viability and land sustainability, and more broadly as they serve as a model for food and farming organizations throughout the world.

For 30 years, they’ve led a community food revolution. They’ve pioneered game-changing initiatives like community-supported agriculture (CSA), large-scale composting, food hubs and farm incubators. They continue to innovate so that more good food is available for anyone who wants it.

The Skirack, Inc family at the Intervale Center and Conservation Nursery. Photo Credit: Zach Walbridge.
The Skirack, Inc family at the Intervale Center and Conservation Nursery. Photo Credit: Zach Walbridge.

In Our Own Words:
What the Relationship Means to Us

Carrie trail building at the Intervale Center during Skirack's service day in September of 2019. Photo Credit: Zach Walbridge.
Carrie trail building at the Intervale Center during Skirack's service day in September of 2019. Photo Credit: Zach Walbridge.

"Having the Intervale resource with it's easy access to local Vermonters, and visitors in every season is such a haven within the city of Burlington. I have enjoyed using the lands for cross country skiing in Winter, hiking in warm weather, partnering with them to offer special events to our community, and of course eating the delicious berries from their harvest during the summer season. Their mission, growth and development is something I admire and love to support as an individual and as co-owner of a local outdoor business. Love our company's volunteer day experiences. I treasure the Intervale!" - Karen George, Skirack Co-Owner

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“Patagonia {Burlington} and Skirack are a symbol of community support, environmental responsibility, fun, and adventure! They are always a welcomed presence at the Intervale Center and bring with them generosity, excitement, and a commitment to supporting our work. Thank you!” - Melanie Katz, Intervale Development Manager

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"My relationship with the Intervale Center has changed the way I look at food, eat, breathe and recreate. It's an incredibly unique place tucked away on the outskirts of Burlington that provides me with a place to relax and have fun. I live a short distance away from the property and the trails have become an evening or early morning escape from the daily grind. I very much appreciate how easy it is to feel like you left Burlington, but still be within city limits. Through my volunteer work with the Intervale Center I became more familiar with how special our local food systems are. It prompted me and my partner to be members of the Intervale Community Farm for several years now. When not receiving my CSA, I do the best I can to support local farmers and producers directly whenever possible. The Intervale is a special place that I hope more people continue to find, explore and learn from. - Josh Gauthier, Skirack

Brittany bikes through the Intervale on a perfect spring day last year. Photo Credit: Zach Walbridge.
Brittany bikes through the Intervale on a perfect spring day last year. Photo Credit: Zach Walbridge.

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“One of the first companies that I reached out to for support for an environmental center when I started my career was Patagonia. More than 25 years later, they are still leading the pack in supporting important work that protects the environment, strengthens community, and innovates for positive change. Adding Skirack, a local favorite, to the mix makes it even better. Patagonia/Skirack/ Intervale Center - a great partnership for Vermont!” - Karen Jamiel, Intervale Donor Relations Manager

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"As someone who needs A LOT of time outside to stay grounded, the Intervale has become a critical tool in managing both my physical and mental health. I've never felt quite as at home in a public space as I do at the Intervale - there is a sense of calm and community here that seems as rooted in the soil as the hand planted trees finding their purpose in the Riparian buffer. From cultural farms, community garden plots, trail running, biking, walking, skiing, or simply just being, there is a place for everyone. A true testament to the type of environment we can create when we all come together. " - Brittany Beland, Skirack

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“Thanks Patagonia {Burlington} and Skirack for building an entire new walking trail along the Intervale Conservation Nursery growing field.” - Carolyn Zeller, Intervale Bookkeeper

Doug planting trees at the Intervale Center during Skirack's service day in September of 2019. Photo Credit: Zach Walbridge.
Doug planting trees at the Intervale Center during Skirack's service day in September of 2019. Photo Credit: Zach Walbridge.

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"The Intervale has served as "my backyard" for about 15 years, living in Burlington's Old North End as it's just over a mile from my house. I take advantage of this outside gem year round to bike, run or cross country ski. It's one of the few places I don't have to drive to get to. I feel very connected to the Intervale, but really can't recall my first time there or how I found out about it; it's just always been there to serve our community. Through working at Skirack, I've learned even more about what the Intervale has to offer - for not just where to play, but how they support our food systems and people through their many programs available." - Michelle Peters, Skirack

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“Ski Rack/Patagonia’s commitment has allowed me to carry out support for Vermont’s beginner farmer community. Not only does our team help farmers build business management skills, but bigger picture, we’re cultivating a sustainable food system and a community of thriving growers and producers.” - Sara Armstrong Donegan, Intervale Farm Business Specialist


"Riparian" Film

In 2019, we premiered "Riparian", a short film to highlight our partnership and the imperative work of the Intervale Center and Conservation Nursery. "Riparian" was a collaboration with local photo/videographer, Zach Wallbridge and local singer/songwriter, Emma Cook.

Below is the final cut of the film. If you are interested in taking action, be sure to check out all of the volunteer opportunities the Intervale Center has to offer.

Riparian Buffer - An area of vegetation that borders a body of water, usually a river or a lake, that helps to protect the water quality and ecosystem health from adjacent land uses.