Vermont's Farm to School Newsletter

Resources to support your Farm to School needs, brought to you by members of the Vermont Farm to School Network.
October Regional Gatherings!
Gather in your region to build local connections with peers and Farm to School practitioners, access resources, and find support for your efforts. Celebrate successes, build energy, and find solutions to strengthen the work in your area.
A Vermont Farm to School Case Study:
Hardwick Elementary School
"Look at the lessons you're already teaching. Now look at them through the lens of sustainability and Farm to School."
–Suzanne Bader, Fourth Grade Teacher

We recently completed five case studies from around the state to illustrate the various paths to Farm to School programming. Learn more about how this elementary school has embraced Farm to School in their community.
Resources We're Using
Peppers are native to Central and South America, and as explorers from Portugal and Spain made their way to the Americas, they helped spread peppers to worldwide, including the US. Find ready-to-go materials for the classroom, cafeteria, and community that promotes the use of local, seasonal Vermont foods.

An engaging curriculum using a mathematical lens to take children on an education-filled exploration of the garden. Its 36 activities and extension ideas hone math skills and promote inquiry, language arts, and nutrition.
School Leaders Campaign:
Nourished and Ready to Learn!
We're excited to announce the launch of this collaborative Network effort to elevate district and supervisory leaders' understanding and support for Farm to School. Our first training webinar is Tuesday, September 24, 3:00-4:00pm . You'll get access to the campaign toolkit, case studies, and informational handouts.
Universal Meals Re-Enrollment
Enroll all eligible students in the free/reduced price meal program to feed all the hungry children in your school, improve their nutrition and maximize your reimbursement dollars.
Events & Professional Learning
Grant Opportunities
2020-21 VT Farm to School & Child Nutrition Grant
opens for applications 10/21

Financial and technical assistance to help schools and early childhood programs develop or expand farm to school and farm to early childhood programs. Applications due 11/21.
Vermont Dairy in the Classroom
apply today — spaces limited

A hands-on, inquiry based program for Vermont teachers and students, grades PK-6. It includes learner-centered activities and a field trip to a local dairy farm.
Target Field Trip Grants
applications due 10/1

Target stores award field trip grants to K-12 schools nationwide. Each grant is valued at $700.
Annie's Grants for Gardens
applications due 11/1

Annie's is helping k-12 schools fund the creation of edible school gardens across the US.
The Vermont Farm to School Network is a statewide network engaging students and school communities in a local food and farm culture that nurtures children's health, cultivates viable farms, and builds vibrant communities.

Please contact Betsy Rosenbluth at with questions, comments, or additions.