ACORN's mission is to promote the health and growth of local food and agriculture in Vermont's Champlain Valley.
We network the network  ...beyond just Addison County! 
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MONTHLY INSPIRATION:
IT'S APPLE SEASON!
One of our favorite times of the year has so much going on:

~ Pick Your Own apples from one of SO MANY local orchards (check out the local food and farm guide for orchards in your area).

~ Vermont Foodbank encourages you to visit one of Vermont's orchards this season and Pick for Your Neighbor! Help increase the amount of fresh produce available for Vermonter's facing hunger and support our local orchards.

~ Shacksbury Cider, home of the Lost Apple Project, was recently featured in Eating Well magazine. Check out their funky, unique flavors at their Vergennes tasting room.

~ Apple Days and Harvest Festival at Champlain Orchards in Shoreham

~ Fresh cider donuts at Happy Valley Orchard in Middlebury

~ Sip sweet and hard cider at Boyer's Orchard in Monkton

 
Photo credit: Good Companion Bakery  
 
The  #RootedinVermont September campaign highlights local bakeries. Of course, any bread lover worth their gluten knows that our area has some of the best baked good around.  
A few highlights: 
 
Good Companion Bakery, located at Boundbrook Farm, is one of the stops of this year's Tour de Farms. Find Colin at the Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op and Vergennes and Middlebury Farmers' Markets for their famous cinnamon rolls, soft pretzels and batards.
 
Gourmet Provence brings a taste of Europe to Brandon with buttery croissants and elegant pastries, made-to-order cakes, daily baguettes and Vermont specialty products.  
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 
 
A look at the lives of country store owners. "We, two Middlebury College students, set off on a mission: 16 country stores, 408 miles, one week." Caroline Kapp and Nora Peachin visited many of Vermont's country, general and village stores to find out what makes them special - and how they are evolving.
Source: The Addison Independent 
NATIONAL TOPICS  
WE'RE FOLLOWING:
Protect the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by submitting a comment to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the link above.
The Origin of Livestock rule is being applied in different ways by different certifiers, which producers and advocates say gives an unfair advantage to large dairies.  
Vermont Harvest of the Month:
September is Sweet Pepper Month

As part of the F2P Network, 
ACORN is R ooted in Vermont
 
 
 
 
 
Register your business on the 
Be an active member in the Farm to Plate Network

Supporting our farming community today and always.
The 12th Annual Tour de Farms is just two weeks away!
The 12th Annual Tour de Farms is a leisurely and family-friendly biking farm tour that takes you through the stunning pastoral landscape of the Champlain Valley. This year's ride is September 21st, starts and ends in Vergennes and features two distances: a 30-mile route and a more relaxed, family-friendly 10-mile distance.
 
One of the farm stops, Philo Ridge Farm, was recently featured in Edible Green Mountains as a go-to destination for coffee drinks, baked goods, fresh salads, sandwiches and soups. The Tour de Farms is a great time to stop by and see this beautiful farm/restaurant/market/community space!  
 
Other farm stops on the Tour include:  
  • Adam's Berry Farm
  • Boundbrook Farm / Vermont Rice
  • Fuller Mountain Farm
  • Nea Tocht Dairy Farm
  • Pelkey's Blueberries / Charlotte Village Winery
Add in the over 20 food and drink producers who will be sampling tasty treats and you have a day that cannot be missed. Register online to save time the morning of the ride! 
4th Annual Producer and Buyer Forum: Save the Date!
After three successful years of hosting the Forum solo, ACORN is partnering with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets as well as Vermont Farm to Plate this year to create another robust day of panels, conversations and connections. Value added food producers, farmers from all food categories and buyers and distributors across all levels are invited to attend. Save the date, registration will open soon.

When: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Where: Kirk Alumni Hall, Middlebury College


 Agricola Meats to open in old Green Pasture Meats building: Hiring Butcher Apprentice 
Ale and Steu are creating a meat processing facility where they will make their own cured meat products as well as unique products for four other farms in an effort to create a map of Vermont flavors. This means they are currently looking for a Butcher Apprentice! 

Read more about the job here, or contact Ale if you or someone you know is interested. Email Ale: alerellini@gmail.com
 Events, Workshops & Opportunities

September 21: ACORN's Tour de Farms in Vergennes, 8:30AM - 4:00PM

September 7: Farm to Medicine Cabinet Plant Walk with Katherine Elmer, Shelburne Farms, 10:00 - 11:30AM
 
September 10: Extinction Rebellion Champlain Valley presentation covers the current science on climate change. Ilsley Library, Middlebury.  Childcare provided. 6:00 - 8:00PM  
 
September 11: Vermont Retail and Grocers' Association Connect Rutland at the Rutland Foodbank in Rutland, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
 
September 11-12:   Regenerative Retail: Creating Sustainable Growth in a Changing Environment, Norwich Inn, Norwich
 
September 13:   Cannabis: The Vermont Way celebrates the launch of Castleton University's new Cannabis Certificate Program, Castleton University, Castleton University. FREE.
 
October 10: 3SquaresVT Statewide Outreach & Policy Conference, Vermont Law School, South Royalton  
 
October 19: Women's Economic Opportunity Conference at Vermont Technical College, Randolph. FREE.
 
November 7-8: Farm to Plate Network Gathering in Killington, VT - Early Bird Registration ends September 27th. Scholarships available for farmers/producers.
 
COMING SOON! The Vermont Farm to School Networkis launching a School Leaders Campaign to help school boards, superintendents, and principals learn about the important impact Farm to School has on their school communities. Email dhudson@shelburnefarms.org for more info.
 
LOOKING FOR WORK?

 

Champlain Valley Creamery is hiring an Assistant Cheese

Maker. Email cheeseguy@cvcream.com if interested

 

NOFA-VT is hiring a Development Director 

 

Champlain Orchards is hiring an Assistant Hard Cider Maker   

 

Shelburne Farms has multiple positions open

 

Middlebury Natural Foods Coop has 3 positions (PREPARED FOODS ASSISTANT MANAGER, PRODUCTION COOK and PRODUCE STAFF) 

 

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program is hiring an Associate Director

 

 

Peruse the ACEDC job board

 

Farm to Plate list of jobs from all over the state


ACORN SPOTLIGHT ON:
HEMP

It's almost hemp harvest time! If you live in or near Addison County, you've most likely seen the long rows and big fields of hemp trees growing this summer. As October approaches, so does harvesting season.  
 
Interested in learning more about hemp processing?  
 
The New England Hemp Institute just installed the biggest hemp dryer in New England. RSVP to take a hemp drying tour September 4 or 7. Email info@newenglandhempinstitute.com for more information.
ACORN is a proud member of Vermont's Farm to Plate Network  We strive to network the network and our e-news links are meant to show the array of Vermont-based resources through peer to peer sharing.  Farm to Plate is increasing local food sales through a strong network that includes ACORN. 

Thanks to all of you for sharing links and information. Keep us posted of things of interest to r elocalization , Addison County and Vermont's Champlain Valley. 

Annie Harlow and Lindsey Berk
ACORN Network