Dr. Temple Grandin to visit Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom: Free Talk Open to the Public

  • Date:  June 20, 2017
  • Where:  Heartbeet Lifesharing Community Center 218 Town Farm Rd Hardwick, VT
  • Time:  Evening event open to the public 6:30pm


Sterling College is pleased to bring Dr. Temple Grandin to Heartbeet Lifesharing for a free evening talk for the Northeast Kingdom community while she is in Craftsbury Common teaching at the School of the New American Farmstead. Please join us on Tuesday June 20, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Heartbeet Lifesharing in Hardwick, VT for a talk about the pressing issues facing disabled community members in a rural, farming culture.

While in Vermont, Dr. Grandin will teach a course on Holistic Livestock Husbandry as well as offer a guest lecture in The School of the New American Farmstead course Ethical Slaughter and Butchery.  The School of the New American Farmstead provides a variety of workshops, classes, and certifications that will inspire, offer marketable skills, and work to provide new perspectives on integrated, community-centered farming and food production.  To learn more about the classes that she is teaching by visiting www.sterlingcollege.edu/snaf




Heartbeet Lifesharing is a licensed Therapeutic Community Residence and Camphill community.  Sixteen adults with developmental disabilities (known as “Friends” within the Heartbeet community) live permanently in four extended-family homes on a 150 acre organic farm in Hardwick, Vermont.  Friends live side by side with house families, American and international volunteers.  Heartbeet emphasizes abilities rather than disabilities; values each community member’s contributions, and helps everyone work to reach their potential.  Days are organized around home, farm and garden, education, the arts, and employment in the Hardwick area.  Everyone participates in coordinated crews and art studios.  Fencing, haying, gardening, and stacking firewood are among the land activities.  Daily farm chores include milking cows and caring for pigs, chickens, goats and dogs.  Artistic studios include wool felting, fiber arts, papermaking and woodworking.  Housekeeping and meal preparation also provide meaningful work and camaraderie.  As a community of mixed abilities, each member contributes to home life, farm life and community life – sharing time together, creating culture and a true sense of belonging.

In addition to providing a home and meaningful life for adults with developmental disabilities, Heartbeet works to promote inclusion and acceptance of people with developmental disabilities in the larger community and in the region.  Heartbeet Friends are active, valued members of the Hardwick and larger Vermont communities.  They work, volunteer, shop, go out for meals, attend meetings, arts events, etc.  The relationships they have developed in the larger community are examples of authentic inclusion, and have led to deeper understanding.

Heartbeet’s newly built Community Center is a perfect place to host this event, and will follow their annual Friends and Family day on June 17th.  Friends and Family Day is Heartbeet’s free open house event featuring music, tours, speakers local food and a silent auction.  The event begins at 3 pm.  Heartbeet events are always fully inclusive.



To learn more about Temple Grandin’s talk at Heartbeet, please contact Heartbeet Lifesharing at 802-472-3285 or [email protected]

To learn more about The School of the New American Farmstead and the courses Dr. Grandin is teaching at Sterling College please contact [email protected]

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