9th Annual Harvest Run for Sustainability

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9th Annual Harvest Run for Sustainability

The Sustainability Academy, the smallest public elementary school in Burlington, located in the heart of the Old North End, is once again hosting a great event. Our 9th Annual Harvest Run for Sustainability is happening, but will look a little different this year.

This year, we invite anyone in our greater community to pick one of our specially curated routes in the Intervale or around the Old North End (1 k, 3k, 5k, and 10k options available!) and walk or run this route anytime during the week of Monday, October 12th-Sunday, October 18th.

Everyone who registers will get a packet of seeds, thanks to our friends at High Mowing Seeds. 

We also encourage people to note the social and/or natural history of our community and we will have a place to submit your photos and/or descriptions of what you see/hear/smell along your route. Simply tag it with #SAHarvestRun and/or post to our Facebook event page.


This year’s Harvest Run will be a virtual event supporting the Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barns Elementary School. Although this means we will not be able to gather as a community for fun, fitness, and refreshments, it does allow for a great deal of flexibility regarding how and when to participate.

Participants can choose from one of several race distances and run at any time during race week. For those looking for a little competition and bragging rights, Strava segments will be created for each route; Strava users need only upload their runs and keep an eye on the segment leaderboard. Run your fastest and do your best!

If you plan to begin your run from the Sustainability Academy at 123 North Street, four different race distances are available to you. All of these routes begin and end at SA and start by moving east along North Street.

· 10K Route (6.2 miles)

· 5K Route (3.1 miles)

· 3K Route (1.9 miles)

· 1K Route (0.6 miles)

NOTE: Remain safe at all times: observe physical distancing practices (where applicable), watch for traffic, and cross streets only at designated cross walks. Children should always be with a parent, teacher, or guardian.

If you plan to run entirely in the Intervale, a 5K option is available to you. Begin running north along Intervale road, turn immediately before the wooden pedestrian bridge near the Ethan Allen Homestead, and return the way you came.

· Intervale 5K (3.1 miles)

For detailed, turn-by-turn directions for any of these routes, click “menu” at the top-right of the map and choose “directions.”

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Sunday October 18th


We are living in different times and schools are adapting to meet the wide array of needs of our community. And yet, what remains the same is the power of community and the need to teach our children about the power of community. The Sustainability Academy community is very strong and we want to do as much as possible to support families in need and give the chance for all of our students to grow, thrive, and learn how to make positive change. With that goal in mind, we are continuing to plan our signature events for this coming year and ask for your support.

All fundraising and sponsorships this year will go towards funding innovative projects and educational opportunities at the Sustainability Academy. Our annual PTO budget provides funds for teacher-chosen resources, field trips, vegetable garden and outdoor classroom maintenance, community events that bring together our diverse school population, and in times of dire need - direct aid to our most vulnerable families. Through your generous contribution, SA students will engage in place-based, service-learning, and project-based adventures in and around our community. You will be helping to nurture a deep sense of justice, including anti-racism work, and change-making in our students.

Learn more about our amazing school and community at

We are extremely grateful to our 2020 sponsors: Cambrian Rise, Casella Waste Systems, Seventh Generation, Main Street Landing, JaniTech,  Vermont Gas Systems, Bissonnette Properties, CED Green Tech, Redstone, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Hanson and Doremus Investment, Burlington Electric Department, Fenn & Company, and High Mowing Seeds.

Looking to stay warm this year? You can purchase a one-size-fits-most-kiddos Harvest Run hat for $10 (pick up option); add $5 for each shipping address. You can pay for the hats using the donate button and just note the details.  Grey knit beanie style hat two Harvest Run text on one side; The Corn on the other side.

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