A Swiss Village in Newport RI
October 30, 2013 § 2 Comments
For the ten years that we’ve lived in Newport, I’ve never had the opportunity to visit Swiss Village Foundation, a 5 minute drive from our home. This all changed for me in 2013. This private property is only open to the public for one day in June each year. In May, I was able to attend a lecture by Philip Ackerman-Leist highlighting his book, Rebuilding the Foodshed. In June, I finally made it to the SVF tour open to the public. And, this past week, I visited SVF twice! First, on Tuesday as a guest of my friend Charlotte, who is a member of the Barrington Garden Club. This was a very cool experience, I tagged along with garden club for lunch at Sweet Berry Farm followed by a private tour of SVF. Crazy, but true, I found myself at SVF the next evening for another lecture, this time it was chef/owner Jake Rojas of Tallulah on Thames and Pat McNiff of Pat’s Pastured (in case you need a Thanksgiving Day Turkey!) speaking about local food and farms.
To learn about SVF, it’s history, and their work to save heritage breed animals, check out their website, Swiss Village Foundation. I’m planning on attending more talks from their lecture series and I’m also looking forward to swinging by to purchase some eggs, beef, and pork from their acorn-fed pigs 🙂