March 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's Food System is Critical to Our Local Economy, Identity and Quality of Life
"There are emerging opportunities that could stabilize and revitalize farming in Vermont, especially for diversified and/or organic farm operations able to adjust their production and marketing practices to take advantage of changing consumer trends. We need to help our farms and food enterprises survive and to provide access to healthy local food for all Vermonters in the decades ahead. The Vermont Agriculture and Food System Plan 2020 is the first step in articulating how we can do that, and we hope the beginning of what will be not only be coordinated action but robust dialogue in the state for what we want our food system to be in the next 10 years and beyond." - Jake Claro, Farm to Plate Director at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
Counting Local Food Consumption in Vermont
Get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into counting local food consumption. An recent JAFSCD article outlines the methods to count progress and lessons learned from the multi-year effort undertaken by Vermont Farm to Plate. Congratulations to the authors of the paper: David Conner, Community Development and Applied Economics Associate Professor at the University of Vermont; Ellen Kahler, Executive Director at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF); Jake Claro, Vermont Farm to Plate Director at VSJF; Florence Becot of The Ohio State University; and Annie Harlow, Executive Committee at Addison County Relocalization Network (ACORN).
March 24: 16th Annual Grain Growers Conference in Essex, VT
The University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops and Soil Program and Northern Grain Growers Association (NGGA) will welcome Amber Lambke to the Grain Growers Conference as keynote speaker. Amber is the founder and president of Maine Grains, Inc. in Skowhegan, Maine, which can be found in specialty food stores and is used by bakeries, breweries, and restaurants throughout the Northeast. She is also a founding member of the Maine Grains Alliance. Get to know what local opportunities are available for grain growers by meeting local buyers in the region. Additional conference sessions will include: sensory analysis, tasting panels, producing seed, no-till in organic systems, UVM research results, and much more! Don't forget the hands-on baking sessions, which will include Baking Theory, Old World Grains, and Baking Bread for Busy Farmers.
Just Released: from American Farmland Trust
A special report released by the American Farmland Trust highlights how important dairy and livestock is to New England. Nearly 24% of the Agricultural land in New England is dedicated to livestock production. While much good work has been done across New England, we can and must do more. “Farms Under Threat: A New England Perspective” presents new information on the state of New England’s farmland and a framework for action that provides potential pathways forward.
Sign up for the FSNE annual 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge starting on March 30th! The Challenge is a great way to learn about the history and impacts of racism on our current food system while inspiring participants with resources and tools to build racial equity in their work and lives. This year a Discussion Guide will be available for groups who want to do the Challenge together.
Outdoor Feast Podcast featuring Shane Rogers with Rooted in Vermont
Rooted in Vermont Project Manager Shane Rogers recently sat down with Todd Waldron of the Outdoor Feast podcast to discuss wild foods, summer meals,and the amazing members of the Vermont Farm to Plate Network.
Farmers To You: Connecting People to the Farmers that Feed Them
“My dream is that we create a food system that truly supports the kind of farming that produces food that heals people and the planet. And that at least 50% of the food purchased is through this system. Then I think we can actually reverse climate change and heal people. The chronic disease rate will start to go down because it’s the food that’s making us sick. People don’t know where it’s coming from and how it’s produced.” - Greg Georgaklis, Farmers To You
Registration is open for the 6th Annual Open Farm Week ! Taking place at farms across Vermont: August 10-16, 2020. For more information on planning an on-farm event during Open Farm Week, visit
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Food System Events and Workshops
March 11, Burlington: Saffron Farm Tour
March 12, Bristol: Hemp Happy Hour
March 14, Essex Jct: Jr Iron Chef VT Competition
March 17, Richmond: Retailing for Farmers
March 21, Randolph Center: Open Maple Sugarhouse at Silloway Maple
April 3, Dartmouth, NH : Real Organic Project Symposium

Food System Jobs
Montpelier Parks & Trees Department, Farm and Forest Community Coordinator - VHCB AmeriCorps
Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center, Assistant Farmstand Manager
Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center, Full Season Farm Crew
Pigasus Farms, Full Time Farm Hand
Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, Produce Program Outreach & Education Coordinator
Champlain Valley Apiaries, Beekeeper/Apprentice Beekeeper
The Roots Farm Market, Store Manager
Middlebury Coop, Multiple Positions Open
Scott Farm Orchard, Orchardist
Vermont Fresh Network, Vermont Open Farm Week Coordinator
University of Vermont Extension, Northeast SARE Grant Coordinator
Pete's Greens, Farm Hand
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, Communications Manager
Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund , Food System Profiles and Outreach Intern
Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund , Forest Industry Career Pathways Intern
USDA Farm Service Agency, Farm Loan Assistant
The Fort Ticonderoga Association, Food and Beverage Manager
Root 5 Farm, Delivery Driver
Scott Farm Orchard, Farm Business Manager
Snug Valley Farm, Farm Help
Maple Wind Farm, Poultry Processing Crew
Root 5 Farm, Kraut Kitchen Manager
Food Connects, Marketing Coordinator
Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, Crew Leader, Food and Farm Program
Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center, Full Season Farm Production Crew
Vermont Cheese Council, Executive Director

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