July 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.
The Farm to Plate Network's Farm to Plate 2.0 public survey is now live and we need your help sharing this with Vermonters far and wide because we need their input! We are hoping you will fill out the survey and consider sharing this with your networks and community.

Help shape the future farming and food development in Vermont. Share your input and be entered to win a $50 gift certificate to a Vermont farmers market of your choice. By participating, you’ll be adding your voice to the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan.

Additional questions about this survey can be directed to Jake Claro at jake@vsjf.org .
COVID-19, Community, & Curbside Pick-Up
“Three things happened all at once,” said James Gordon, co-owner of Upper Valley Produce, LLC. “Institutional business dropped by 70 percent, demand from grocery stores surged as people stocked up for quarantine, and the need to make food available to people in our immediate community became starkly apparent.”

Get the full story on how Upper Valley Produce shifted how they are doing business during the COVID-19 pandemic and how they are committed to a better, stronger, more local food delivery system to carry us into the future.
Open Farm Week 2020 Registration Still Open!
You’re invited to register your farm for the 6th Annual Vermont Open Farm Week! Like all of you, we are navigating the current health crisis carefully and thoughtfully and are thinking creatively about how to deliver this week of events in a way that's safe and responsible. Open Farm Week creates an opportunity for folks to visit farms and connect with Vermont's working landscape. This year, providing this connection feels more important than ever!

For 2020, Open Farm Week (August 10-16) will focus on events appropriate for the current pandemic-related guidelines: tours (self-guided or one group/family per farmer), picnics, farm trails, virtual/online events (workshops, guided tastings, etc.), and social media participation (i.e. posting a farm pic of the day), or other creative ideas.

It’s a great opportunity to engage with customers and your community. If you aren’t sure what kind of event to plan, the Open Farm Week Committee offers technical assistance, information, and resources to help craft your on-farm or virtual experience.

There will be no charge to participate in Open Farm Week this year due to the pandemic, but you are still welcome to pay if you are interested and able to in order to help offset the costs of organizing the event.

For more information, please visit diginvt.com/blog/openfarmweekforfarmers/ or contact vtopenfarm@vermontfresh.net .
Racial Justice & Equity Resource Highlight
Vermont BIPOC-Owned Businesses
Each month we will aim to feature a resource in the Farm to Plate Racial Justice and Equity Resource Collection.*

This month's feature is a crowd-sourced Google document of Vermont Black, Indigenous, and People of Color-owned businesses to support.

*Note: The resource collection is a growing list. If you would like to add a resource, please reach out to shane@vsjf.org.
Rooted in Vermont, the Vermont Farm to Plate Network’s local food marketing campaign, is celebrating Vermont berries with a marketing campaign focusing on all of the great Rooted in Vermont berries that can be found in farm stands, farmers markets, and grocery stores around the state.

Listen to your local radio stations for the ads! The goal is to encourage consumers to seek out Vermont grown berries.

How can you plug into the conversation?
  • For stores, farm stands, markets: leverage our campaign with your own marketing, outreach and displays that put berries up front in order to maximize sales.
  • Everyone: share our posts on Facebook and Instagram and overlay your own messaging on top. Also, plug into the conversation on social media through the #RootedinVermont hashtag on Instagram or @RootedinVermont on Facebook. Throughout the campaign, we will be sharing photos, posts, and stories.

If you have any questions or want to chat about how to get more involved email shane@vsjf.org.
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Food System Events and Workshops
Food System Jobs
Intervale Center, Finance Director
Northwest Regional Planning Commission, Healthy Roots Collaborative Coordinator
Montpelier Parks & Trees Department, Farm and Forest Community Coordinator - VHCB AmeriCorps
Grow Compost of Vermont, CDL A/B Drivers
Vermont Foodbank, VISTA positions at VT Foodbank
Center for an Agricultural Economy, Staff Accountant

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