April, 2014

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Welcome to the Center for Agriculture & Food Systems' inaugural newsletter!
Within each monthly issue you'll find updates on our work and progress. As we continue to grow and evolve the newsletter will be a great way to keep in touch.  Our hope is that these letters will ensure the best possible collaboration between the Center and our food and agriculture community!  We welcome your feedback and input on the Center, our work, and what you'd like to see in our monthly letters.  If you'd prefer not to receive these emails you may unsubscribe through the link below, but we sincerely hope you'll stick around.  We have a lot of exciting news to share!


This month, we added another tool to the quiver of law for the sustainable foodshed: an organized online collection of Farm and Food Legal Resources.  This site allows you to browse hundreds of guides and laws from around the vibrant food law community. From Business Planning to Urban Agriculture, you'll find resources for Attorneys, Advocates, Health Professionals, Farmers, Ranchers, Consumers and Food Entrepreneurs. 

Jamie Renner

Jamie joined our team in the fall and has been an invaluable asset in developing the CAFS legal clinic, and spearheading a number of our recent projects. Before Joining us in South Royalton, Jamie was a New York City environmental litigator and a clerk for the Honorable Phyllis D. Thompson at the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.  Vermont is not new to Jamie, he served in AmeriCorps in Barre, VT and received his BA from Middlebury College.  Check out his full faculty bio here.

CAFS has been busy building a number of law and policy tools directly related to our mission of serving the sustainable foodshed. In addition to the Farm and Food Legal Resources, the tools we've  built now include:
The Farm to School Legislation Survey 2002-2013, completed in partnership with the National Farm to School Coalition.

The Your Right to Know food labeling guide.

We've also been working to expand our food and agriculture curriculum and have an array of exciting summer courses on offer.  We hope to feature the wonderful faculty that will be teaching the courses in our upcoming newsletters so be sure to stay tuned.  In the meantime, check out the summer schedule here.