July 2019
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.
Please Help Us Spread the Word:
Free Summer Meals for Kids and Teens
Rooted in Vermont is partnering up with Hunger Free Vermont to help spread the word about Free Summer Meals for Kids and Teens! We all know how summer can be some of the hardest few months for kids throughout the state to find a nutritious meal and that’s why we want to try and help get the word out as best as we can. So please, join us in helping to spread the word!

  1. Share with your networks how they can find a Free Summer Meals Site near them by calling 2-1-1, texting ‘Food’ to 877-877 or visiting HFV’s excellent Summer Meals Site Resource
  2. We created a Facebook event as a way to further plug communities into the resources available to them to find a free summer meals site. The hope as people declare their ‘interest’ we’ll then be able to remind them to seek out a site near them. Please consider sharing with your Networks.
If you have any questions or want to chat about how to get more involved, you can email the Rooted in Vermont project manager, Shane Rogers, and shane@vsjf.org.
Request for Proposals:
Vermont Grain Industry Assessment -
Market Study
The Northern Grain Growers Association (NGGA), UVM Extension, VHCB, and Vermont Farm to Plate did some initial research on grain infrastructure needs, which included a visit to a grain aggregation center in Quebec that does business with La Milanaise (a large organic grain mill/baked goods processor in Quebec). While the group came away feeling strongly that Vermont ultimately needs a similar infrastructure for grain production to thrive in Vermont, there was an acknowledgment that more needs to be understood about market conditions and demand for Vermont grain in the Northeast before moving ahead with a grain aggregation center feasibility analysis. As a result, the group settled on a two-phase approach. Representing phase 1, the below RFP encompasses the group's desire to more formally define the market opportunities for Vermont grown grains in the Northeast (markets of interest include grains for baked goods, spirits and beer, beans, and animal feed and cover cropping seed). Depending on the results and recommendations from this first phase of research, a second phase of analysis would then be supported to determine the feasibility of siting and profitably operating (including examining different ownership models) a grain aggregation center in Vermont.
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Food System Events and Workshops
August 6, Burlington: 5th Annual Farmer Olympics
August 15, Jeffersonville: Celebrate Your Farmer Social: West Farm

Food System Jobs
The Willowell Foundation:
Vermont Agency of Education:
Pete's Greens:
Vermont Compost Company:
Hardwick Area Food Pantry: Director
Community Harvest of Central Vermont: Part Time Development Associate
LRSWMD: Site Attendant
Philo Ridge Farm:
Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC): Health Care Share Coordinator
Intervale Center:
Green Mountain Farm-to-School:
Chittenden Solid Waste District: Drop Off Center Operator
High Mowing Organic Seeds: Customer Service Associate
Ceres Greens: Production Associate
University of Vermont Extension: Agricultural Business Educator
Rutland Area Food Co-op:
UVM Health Network/Porter Medical Center:

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Jake Claro , Farm to Plate Director  |   Sarah Danly , Farm to Plate Network Manager
Lydia Pitkin , Office Manager and Program Coordinator  |    Shane Rogers , Rooted in Vermont Project Manager
Kelly Nottermann , Communications Manager  |   Ellen Kahler , Executive Director

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