The Legend Of Don Dicisco

Lost Nation, Essex, Vermont

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The day will culminate in a celebratory feast comprised of foods from local farms. Celebratory feast is included in the price of admission.


  • Spit roasted Pig
  • Spit roasted Lamb
  • Oregano Roasted Chicken
  • Eggplant with Mozzarella
  • Vegan Eggplant
  • Braised Kale with Garlic
  • Cowboy Coleslaw
  • Roasted Corn
  • Potato Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette
  • Tomato Cucumber Dill Salad
  • *All meat is organic

The feast is being prepared by Chef Sarah Klein and a host of student volunteers from the New England Culinary Institute.

During the day, Legend-goers may visit the Friends of Dicisco farm stand to create fresh salads from a variety of local produce and to interact with one of our primary growers, Duffy Gardner of New Moon Farm. Breads and cheeses will also be available.

Participating Vermont farms include:

  • Back Beyond Farm - Chelsea
  • Black Sheep Farm - Hyde Park
  • Camp Merrishko - East Randolph
  • Earthwise Farm and Forest - Bethel Gilead
  • High Ledge Farm - South Woodbury
  • New Moon Farm - Cabot
  • Woodcock Farm - Bethel Gilead

The feast is being coordinated by local foods extraordinaire Krista Harness. Krista, a Legend veteran, lives in Montpelier where she produces Equal Time Radio, and coordinates the the Vermont Youth Environmental Coalition. Krista will also be working with Association of Vermont Recyclers to run the compost and recycling station.

We invite all Legend-goers to join us for a panel discussion which will focus on the taking of life to sustain life. The discussion will be facilitated by Lisa McCrory and will include the following people:

Wendy Fleming:

Trained as a biologist, Wendy Fleming has helped manage an organic farm in western Maine for the last 25 years. She does all but the most serious veterinary work for a flock of 40 purebred Suffolk sheep, raises turkeys and chickens from day old poults and tends to a flock of muscovy ducks. In addition she is an expert print maker (operates a large etching press and hand prints woodcuts and linocuts) and is adept at finishing sculpture of stone and wood. She has helped raise seven children and is an accomplished cook.

Gary Kowalski:

Reverend Gary Kowalski is the author of bestselling books that explore the spiritual bond and moral relations between Homo Sapiens and other animals. His titles have been translated into French, German, Japanese, and Chinese, selling over 120,000 copies world wide, including: The Souls of Animals (Stillpoint, 1999), Goodbye Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet (Stillpoint, 1997), The Bible According to Noah: Theology As If Animals Mattered (Lantern, 2001), and Science and the Search for God (Lantern, 2003). A longtime vegetarian, he serves on the board of the Green Mountain Animal Defenders. As a graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Divinity School, he is currently minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington, Vermont.

Catharine Rothschild:

Catharine Rothschild lives on a hill farm in western Maine. She is an elementary school teacher, and accomplished equestrian and for 35 years has raised free-range turkeys, chickens, ducks, lambs, pigs and beef creatures - all of which, together with a garden, account for the majority of the family's food. During this time she has also kept jersey cows that provide milk, butter, and cottage cheese. For the first 20 years all of the slaughtering was done at the farm. All the poultry and an occasional lamb are still slaughtered at home but beef and hogs now go to a local butcher. In her spare time she has helped raise eight children.

Carl Russell and Lisa McCrory:

Carl has been raising and slaughtering animals for his own meat since 1986. He and his wife Lisa McCrory live with their family on Earthwise Farm and Forest, in Bethel, Vermont. They have a small, diversified enterprise, where they raise livestock, vegetables, forest products, and medicinal plants and flowers. They offer forestry and grazing consulting, horse logging, and workshops on draft animals, spiritual gardening, and skills for natural lifestyles.

Prior to the start of the event, the lambs being raised in preparation for the celebratory feast will be slaughtered and prepared for consumption by Carl Russell. Carl and Lisa are also raising the legend pigs with help of their three children.

Paula MacKay

Paula MacKay lives outdoors as much as possible, and shares her peaceful Starksboro, Vermont home with her husband Robert and dog Cedar. A long-time advocate of wild nature and conservation, Paula's current work in wildlife research is (ironically) focused on carnivores-the topic of the book she's co-editing with Robert (Noninvasive Survey Methods for North American Carnivores, Island Press). She is also a freelance writer and a founding board member of the Wild Farm Alliance (, a non-profit organization committed to reconnecting food systems with ecosystems. Having survived a meat-and-potato childhood (unfortunately characterized by the military relic, "chipped beef on toast"), Paula became a passionate vegetarian as a teenager, and eventually began her 15-year relationship with veganism. Now a "naughty vegan," she includes some local and organic dairy and eggs in her diet.