Over 1,100 People Joined Live Virtual
Vermont Breakfast on the Farm
On Sunday, March 21 we partnered with Vermont Breakfast on the Farm and Miller Farm in Vernon, VT to host the 7th Annual Vermont Breakfast on the Farm virtually on Zoom. We reached over 1,100 live attendees who were eager to learn and ask questions to farm tour hosts Art Miller, Keith Franklin, and Pete Miller. Over 300 questions were submitted during the live event. We will share participant survey results when they're available.
$43,000 Awarded to New England Schools
New England Dairy recently approved over $43,000 in grants for equipment to serve dairy on the go in 28 schools, impacting nearly 22,000 students. Schools are looking for new menu items that can easily be served or eaten outside the cafeteria. Grants are being used most often to add dairy and fruit smoothies to school menus. Smoothies have been a student favorite for several years, and we are excited to see more schools adding them to their menus.
Funding Available to Dairy Farmers
We recently launched our new grant program for dairy farmers across the region. Farmers in MA, NH, RI, VT, and CT are eligible to apply for up to $1,500 for on-farm promotion activities that improve public perception of dairy farming and/or increase consumption of locally-produced dairy products.
Deadline to Apply:
MA, NH, RI, VT: April 12
CT: April 17*
*Funding for the Connecticut grant program was paid for by the Connecticut Milk Promotion Board.
Upcoming Events with New England Dairy
Live Virtual Event: Farm to Family Night
New England Dairy is hosting its first ever From Farm to Family Night event on April 22 from 5:00 to 5:45 p.m. All families with children in grades K-5 are invited to participate. The evening will include butter making, a dairy farm tour, dairy trivia, physical activity, and a grilled cheese cook along. The first 50 families to register will receive a resource kit to aid in participation.
Make Every Bite Count: Digesting the New Birth-24 Month
Dietary Guidelines Webinar
Join New England Dairy and Erin E. Quann PhD., RD, LDN on March 30 at 2:00 p.m. Dr. Quann will highlight the exciting milestone achieved in child nutrition with the first ever Dietary Guidelines for infants and toddlers and will share evidence-based recommendations for health practitioners.
New Resources for Schools
Discover Dairy Activity Booklet

This dairy-focused booklet features eight educational activities, including an activity about milk’s journey from farm to table, a word search, recipes, snack pairings and more. Recommended for grades K-5.

We shared this booklet with 3,600 schools through our spring school mailing. It's available to you as well, free of charge through our farmer promotional item catalog, or you can download a copy of the book here.
Introducing the New England Dairy Innovation Kit

Our new digital kit includes digital lesson plans designed to increase secondary students’ knowledge of dairy foods and dairy farming in New England, the role dairy foods play in a healthy eating pattern, and dairy’s role in sustainable food systems. We encourage you to share the kit with teachers and educators in your communities. Learn more about our new Dairy Innovation Kit here.
Meet Our Sustainable Nutrition Experts
Heidi Harkopf, MS, RD (left) and Hilary Walentuk MS, RD, LDN (right) work together to implement our Sustainable Nutrition Affairs and Research (SNAR) programming to build dairy trust among thought leaders including health professionals and pre-professional students.

As a member of the NED team since 1991, Heidi currently serves as the Director of Nutrition Programs, where she guides and directs programs that educate about sustainable nutrition focusing on the link between local agriculture and nourishing food. 

Hilary manages our health-related and university partnerships across the New England region. She enjoys precepting dietetic interns and educating future RDs about agriculture and sustainable food systems.
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