February 2020
Farm to Plate is Vermont’s food system plan being implemented statewide to increase economic development and jobs in the farm and food sector and improve access to healthy local food for all Vermonters.
Vermont Agriculture and Food System Plan 2020
In response to the ongoing dairy crisis and other significant changes happening within Vermont’s agricultural and food sector, and a desire to stimulate more rural economic development as well as regional market access for Vermont products, the Legislature passed and Governor Scott signed Act 83 (S.160), an act relating to agricultural development, in May 2019. Section 1 of this Act calls for the development of a report with recommendations to stabilize and revitalize Vermont’s agricultural industry.
Get Involved in Your Community
The newly-released Local Planning for Food Access: A Toolkit for Vermont’s Communities is a free resource focused on improving food access through municipal and regional plans. Food access is intrinsically connected to many other community considerations including land use, economic development, housing, transportation, and more, and the planning process can raise awareness and build broad public support for food access initiatives. The toolkit provides a wide variety of ideas for community action, as well as guidance on how to determine which tools to use. Members of the Farm to Plate Network are also available to provide on-the-ground advising for communities.
Supporting Food Access + Farming Statewide
Programs that work to increase both food access and farm viability can feed people today while building our local agricultural economy for the future. That’s why the Vermont Agriculture and Food System Plan: 2020 recommends that the Vermont Legislature fund an appropriation of $500,000 per year to enable organizations in the charitable food system to source food directly from Vermont farmers.

Vermonters Feeding Vermonters is an innovative model for supporting vulnerable Vermonters and our local farms. The participating farmers gain additional revenue and financial security, and the program has a lasting impact on the individuals and communities who are given the opportunity to engage with their neighboring farms, building familiarity with local foods and instilling a sense that local food is for everyone.

The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund supports the Vermont Foodbank’s request to the Legislature for funding to scale up this program, in order to provide these benefits to more Vermonters and more farmers, and in more areas of the state.

Join us on February 27th from 1:00-4:00pm at the UVM Extension Classroom in Berlin

1:00-1:45pm Introductions and discussion about Vermont Agriculture and Food System Plan: 2020 Part 1
 
1:45-3:15pm State of Sheep and Goat Meat and Dairy:
Panel with:
·         Dave Martin; Settlement Farm (Underhill, VT) Confirmed
·         Justin Sauerwein, The Royal Butcher (Braintree, VT) Confirmed
·         David Major, Vermont Shepherd (Putney, VT) Confirmed
·         Miles Hooper, Ayers Brook Goat Dairy (Randolph, VT) Confirmed
·         Josh Lucas, previous member of Adirondack Grazers Invited
Q&A and exploring development strategies
 
3:20-4:00pm Dairy and Grain updates
“Many who live in Vermont have unique perspectives on food. These voices are the catalyst that can bring a new narrative of prevention, empowerment and solidarity to the food justice movement,” writes Lisa Masé, chair of the F2P Network’s new Food Justice Task Force. “We must return the power to those who grow, process, and serve the food. In this way, both Vermont and New England can make significant strides in addressing the root causes of food insecurity and engender system-wide behavior change.” Read Lisa’s Feature Story to learn more about her conversations with migrant workers, Abenaki elders, small-scale farmers, and food justice activists. 
2/17 NOFA-VT Monday Intensive: Change the Narrative, Change the Outcome: Tools for More Successful Food System Communication
Part of the annual NOFA-VT Winter Conference, Monday Intensives devote a full day to explore a single topic, with plenty of room for discussion, question & answer, and networking with peers interested in similar fields.

Change the Narrative, Change the Outcome: Tools for More Successful Food System Communication will be led by Lisa Fernandes and Shane Rogers. This intensive will be a deep dive into communications and a great follow up for those of you who attended Lisa's session during the Farm to Plate Network Gathering. 

In this intensive, you will build an outline of your 2020 communications strategy that speaks to your mission, and successfully engages your customer and client base across multiple platforms. Come ready to be inspired by stories shared, mistakes made, and opportunities to build a new narrative that works both for you and contributes to building a food system that works for all of us.
A Call to Action From #RootedinVermont

Over the next year, Rooted in Vermont is asking Vermonters to let us know what type of local food they want to see more of in their grocery stores, general stores, and corner markets! Help us by joining the Rooted in Vermont community, filling out the form at www.RootedinVermont.org, and consider sharing it with your family, friends, and neighbors.
3/11 ACORN Winter Workshop: Cost of Production for Farmers & Food Manufacturers
Join ACORN for an important production workshop with farmer and food producer Calley Hastings of Fat Toad Farm. She will lead you through steps to a clarify costs and documenting the cost-process. She is sharing her thorough grasp of this subject with effective hands-on activities. This is a small group workshop; grab your spot soon for the March 11th morning meeting in Middlebury. Perfect for all producers and products: meat, vegetable and value-added. 
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Food System Events and Workshops
Food System Jobs
Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund , Forest Industry Career Pathways Intern
Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund , Food System Profiles and Outreach Intern
Springfield Food Co-op , Wellness Manager
Vermont Community Garden Network , Regional Garden Coordinator in Addison County
USDA Farm Service Agency, Program Technician
USDA Farm Service Agency, Farm Loan Assistant
Farmers to You, Office Manager
The Fort Ticonderoga Association, Food and Beverage Manager
Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center, Sales Manager
Root 5 Farm, Delivery Driver
Scott Farm Orchard, Farm Business Manager
Snug Valley Farm, Farm Help
Shelburne Farms, Seasonal Farmyard Educator
Maple Wind Farm, Poultry Processing Crew
Root 5 Farm, Kraut Kitchen Manager
Food Connects, Marketing Coordinator
Philo Ridge Farm, Events Manager
Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, Crew Leader, Food and Farm Program
The Putney School, Farm Intern
Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center, Full Season Farm Production Crew
Smokey House Center, Farm and Grounds Assistant
Salvation Farms, Director of Operations
Vermont Cheese Council, Executive Director
Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, Food and Nutrition Project Lead
University of Vermont, Full-time Lecturer Position
Plainfield Co-op, General Manager
Middlebury Natural Foods Coop, Multiple Positions


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