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Volunteer Spotlight: Volunteers Needed for Flavors of the Valley

  • Zachary Koenig, 3, of Hanover, doesn’t appear to interested after his father Karl Koenig offers him some oats during Vital Communities annual Flavors of the Valley Expo at Hartford High School in White River Junction, Vt., on April 14, 2012. (Valley News - Theophil Syslo) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Green Mountain Flour, of Windsor, Vt., had samples set out during Vital Communities annual Flavors of the Valley Expo at Hartford High School on April 15, 2012. (Valley News - Theophil Syslo) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.



Valley News Correspondent
Monday, February 26, 2018

White River Junction — For the past 16 years the Flavors of the Valley Expo, which allows people to sample foods from local farms, producers and restaurants, has been a sure sign that spring is on the way. To make this year’s event a success, Vital Communities, which runs the expo, is looking for volunteers for a range of positions. 

“The event totally hinges on volunteers,” said Lauren Griswold, volunteer coordinator at Vital Communities. 

Flavors of the Valley will take place on Sunday, April 8, at Hartford High School, 37 Highland Ave., White River Junction. About 50 volunteers are needed to help Vital Communities staff run the event. 

In the week prior, people around the Upper Valley are needed to help post fliers. Vital Communities has a list of everywhere they would like a flier displayed, and volunteers can either pick up fliers at the organization’s White River Junction office, or print them off at home. On Saturday, April 7, volunteers are needed to help set up tables and chairs. 

Most of the volunteer positions are for the day of the event. People are needed to help register guests, to run the kids’ craft table, and to administer exit surveys.

This year the event is going zero-waste, and Griswold is looking for six people to be zero waste ambassadors, helping attendees understand how to properly sort their trash for compost and recycling. 

“One of the core values of the whole event is sustainability. It’s driving the local food movement, especially in the Upper Valley, where we’re so proud to have the landscape we have,” Griswold said. “A sampling event can entail a ton of waste, and we saw the opportunity to nix that waste, make the event more sustainable. We’re excited to launch that in earnest this year.”

Finally, people are needed to help clean up at the end of the day. 

“That’s a fun big swarm to get the whole event cleaned,” Griswold said. 

Most volunteer positions during the day are for two hour shifts. All volunteers get free admission, giving them the chance to enjoy the event that they are helping to put on. 

“(Flavors of the Valley) is kind of a kickoff to the whole season,” Griswold said. “Volunteering is a really fun way to be a part of a big, exciting thing and to meet new people.”

For more information on volunteering, contact Griswold at lauren@vitalcommunities.org or 802-291-9100 extension 107.