June 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.
Farm to Plate Reauthorized Beyond 2020
We can officially say its official – H.275 An act relating to the Farm-to-Plate Investment Program was signed by Governor Phil Scott Thursday, May 16, 2019. H.275 updates the authority, tasks, and duties of the Farm-to-Plate Investment Program for another 10 years. Along with updating the original enabling legislation, H.275 also explicitly requires the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund to report to the General Assembly on or before January 1, 2031 regarding whether the Farm-to-Plate Investment Program should continue to operate as authorized by statute or whether the Program should be repealed. The official bill as enacted can be found at the following here.

H.275 Highlights Include:
  • The bill now uses the term “sustainable economic development” and the two economic development outcomes have been consolidated into one;
  • An outcome to improving soils, water, and resiliency of the working landscape in the face of climate change was added;
  • The food access outcome now officially includes the language “…for all Vermonters.” The original bill simply stated, “Improve access to healthy local foods” and now it states, “Improve access to healthy local foods for all Vermonters."
  • Small changes throughout better reflect current conditions and terminology – e.g., the adoption of food system development rather than agricultural economic development, inclusion of helping develop markets of all types in and out of state, etc.

Jake Claro
Farm to Plate Director
Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
Request for Proposals:
2019 Annual Gathering Breakout Sessions
This Year's Theme: At The Crossroads: Our Food and Farm Culture and Economy
Proposals Due Friday, July 5, 2019
There’s no better time than now to seek break out session proposals for this year’s 2019 Gathering. F2P staff and the F2P Network Steering Committee will be selecting breakout sessions submitted through the following form: https://goo.gl/forms/p8ZgJ48Zhq8Kl9N33. Please submit your proposal by end of day Friday, July 5th. 

We’re looking to create a balance between three types of sessions: explorative deep dives, skills-based workshops, and knowledge-based presentations of findings “from the field.” Sessions will be in hour and thirty minute blocks. We haven’t made a decision as to whether or not sessions will be split between day 1 and day 2 or all on one day, so there may be opportunity for some sessions to span two blocks and be 3 hours in total length – there’s now a question where you can indicate the length of time you’d be willing to design the session for (you can select one or both options). Additional details about the session types can be found in the online form and by clicking here
Life of a Tree Video
In their 100th year, Cabot Creamery teamed up with the Vermont Wood Works Council and the Vermont Forest Industry Network to thank the people and businesses in Vermont who steward and care for our forests, and the craftspeople who turn our trees into products we use and cherish for a lifetime. Here's to celebrating Cabot Creamery's centennial and the great partnership between Vermont's farm and forest families!
Rooted in Vermont Strawberries
Rooted in Vermont, the Vermont Farm to Plate Network’s local food marketing campaign, has launched a statewide radio campaign that is encouraging Vermonters to go out and buy ‘Rooted in Vermont Strawberries!’ We are running the ads across multiple stations each week, reaching every corner of the state. The goal is to encourage consumers to seek out Vermont strawberries at their ‘favorite stores, farm stands, pick-your-own or any place they shop for food.’ 
 
The team at Rooted in Vermont is encouraging everyone to plug into the conversation on social media through the #RootedinVermont hashtag on Instagram and Twitter or @RootedinVermont on Facebook. We will be sharing photos, posts, and stories all month long about ‘Rooted in Vermont Strawberries’ to drum up excitement!
 
If you have any questions or want to chat about how to get more involved (we have some sweet #RootedinVermont stickers to give away…), you can email the Rooted in Vermont project manager, Shane Rogers, and shane@vsjf.org.
City Market Grant Applications Due June 28
City Market is now accepting applications for their 2019 Co-op Seedling Grants program. In 2018, they awarded $30,000 to seven organizations including Age Well, Community Health Centers of Burlington, Howard Center, Milk with Dignity Standards Council, United Way of Lamoille County, UVM Plant and Soil Science, and Winooski Partnership for Prevention.

In 2019, they will allocate a minimum of $40,000 for this round of grants (pending Board approval of the awards).  

Submit your application by June 28, 2019 at 5 p.m.
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Chittenden Solid Waste District: Drop Off Center Operator
Philo Ridge Farm: Personal Assistant
Vermont Agency of Education: Education Child Nutrition Consultant
High Mowing Organic Seeds: Customer Service Associate
Ceres Greens: Production Associate
University of Vermont Extension: Agricultural Business Educator
Pete's Greens: Bookkeeper
Vermont Compost Company: Equipment Service Manager
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Jake Claro , Farm to Plate Director  |   Sarah Danly , Farm to Plate Network Manager
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