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.
A Vermont Farm to School Case Study:
Bennington County Head Start & Early Start
"Really, when you enroll a child, you enroll their family."
–Betsy Rathbun-Gunn, Director

We recently completed five case studies from around the state to illustrate the various paths to Farm to School programming. Learn more about how an early childhood center is bringing Farm to School to their community.
Free Seeds for School Gardens
Vermont Community Garden Network has a variety of vegetable, flower, and herb seeds available to their members. Not a member? Become one today!
Submit a request, and receive a big bundle of seeds along with seed starting tips and other resources for your garden project.
Maple in Every Classroom
We've been working to create resources and tools to bring local maple syrup into Vermont cafeterias and classroom learning.
Additional Resources We're Using
Whether you’re just starting out or working with an established school garden, this toolkit has tips and guides to support the work of garden coordinators, educators, and gardeners.

Celebrate maple in your school with Harvest of the Month resources.
Sign up for their newsletter to stay updated with their featured local food.

Watch the recent webinar that helps to make the incredible amount of data found in 2018 more accessible.

Hear from educators and students from urban, suburban, and rural communities as they share how they are promoting healthier and more just food systems in their communities through Farm to School.
Farm to School & Early Childhood Day
at the Vermont Statehouse
As a Network, we've been working all year in Action Teams on strategic projects to advance Farm to School statewide, including advocating for support in the Statehouse.

[Above: NewBrook Elementary students prepare to sing “Dirt Made My Lunch” as the February 6th devotional on the House floor to celebrate Vermont Farm to School and Early Childhood Day]
Events & Professional Learning
Celebrating School Breakfast
This month, the School Nutrition Association celebrates National School Breakfast Week. Vermont schools take seriously the notion that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and we’ve embraced serving breakfast to students in a variety of new and creative ways.
Grant Opportunities
Carton 2 Garden Contest
due March 25
Use empty cartons to design and construct school garden structures. Prizes to the top 15.
Action for Healthy Kids
various deadlines
2018-19 school grants include Game On grants, Breakfast grants, and Parents for Healthy Kids grants.
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.