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February 28, 2008

Leap Year Gives Us An Extra Day

Agency of Agriculture has some ideas about how to spend the time

Montpelier, Vt. - Julius Caesar was the Father of Leap Year and originated leap year in 45 BC. The early Romans had a 355 day calendar and to keep festivals occurring around the same season each year a 22 or 23 day month was created every second year. Julius Caesar decided to simplify things and added days to different months of the year to create the 365 day calendar, the actual calculations were made by Caesar's astronomer, Sosigenes. Every fourth year following the 28th day of Februarius (February 29th) one day was to be added, making every fourth year a leap year.

“It’s not often that we are given the gift of time. This extra day gives all of us a chance to catch up on things we’ve been meaning to do,” said Roger Allbee, Secretary of Agriculture. “We hope agricultural will be part of your leap year plans. ”

We have 29 suggestions to help you celebrate leap year…

1) Book your CSA share

2) Reserve your local leg of lamb for Easter

3) Start your tomato plants inside (29 of course)

4) Help your farm neighbor shovel his roof

5) Make plans to visit a Maple Producer during Maple Open House Weekend

6) Try 29 different Vermont cheeses

7) Eat a Maple Creamie

8) Visit a ski resort and dine on a Ski Vermont Cheeseburger

9) Toast leap year with a local wine

10) Buy a pair of llama or alpaca mittens for the final 29 days of winter

11) Drink 29 ounces of milk

12) Knit up a special gift with Vermont wool

13) Take your sweetie to dinner at a Vermont Fresh Network Restaurant

14) Make your reservations to stay at a VT Farms! establishment

15) Make sure you have 29 Vermont Specialty Food items in your pantry

16) Order 29 chicks for your backyard chicken co-op

17) Subscribe to Agri-View - the Agency’s newspaper

18) Take the family for a horse-drawn sleigh ride

19) Become a Localvore for the day.

20) Join a 4-H Club

21) Visit a winter Farmer’s Market

22) Make a pie with Vermont apples

23) Check out the Agency’s new and updated website

24) Join your local Co-op

25) Get your fairs and field days passes

26) Are you a farmer? Spend the day developing a strategic business plan for the upcoming year

27) Grow 29 varieties of vegetables and enter them in the fair contest this year

28) Go horse back riding

29) List 29 things to keep Vermont agriculture strong

To learn more about agriculture in Vermont, visit

Source: Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Last Updated at: February 28, 2008 16:10:06