March 2021
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 Food System Plan Brief Highlight
Maple

The Vermont Food System Plan Product Brief on Maple details the current state of production and crop value, and the industry’s growth potential.

Key points from the brief:
  • Vermont produces 50% of the entire United States maple crop, and is poised for growth, with only 12% of current maple resources being used for syrup production.
  • There is a tight labor market in sugar bush management and food manufacturing jobs.
  • Retail inspection has not kept pace with market expansion.
  • Global syrup supply creates a price competitive market that favors low cost producers and capable marketers. Over 80% of the annual Vermont crop is sold to bulk buyers.
 
A key recommendation to address these challenges and capitalize on opportunities is to create public-private marketing initiatives, in order to maintain Vermont brand recognition and facilitate market expansion. Coupled with investments in education, verification programs, market research, and innovation in packaging and branding could create opportunities for growth.
Please join the Vermont Farm to Plate Team at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund as we embark on the FSNE 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge! As an organization, we are committed to understanding and undoing racism in our food system. By taking the Challenge, made up of small daily email prompts delivered each morning from April 5-25, we can all easily participate in this transformative effort at our own pace. Visit the FSNE Challenge website to register!
Pandemic Food Security Survey
A food systems research team at UVM is conducting a study on changes in consumer food choices and purchasing habits as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please help by completing this 7-minute survey about your food sources prior to and following the onset of the pandemic. Results of the survey will be analyzed as part of ongoing research to better understand the impacts of the pandemic on our Vermont food system and prepare for future disruptions. Participation is voluntary and responses are anonymous.
BIPOC Land Access in Every Town in Vermont
WHEN: Thursday, March 18 at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Zoom

WHAT: Vermonters Kenya Lazuli and Mindy Blank introduce Every Town Vermont and discuss why land access for BIPOC people is an essential solution to the climate crisis.

This conversation is an amazing opportunity to learn about how to get involved in Every Town, a boots-on-the ground project working to obtain land for stewardship for BIPOC people in, you guessed it, Every Town in Vermont!

This workshop and the others in our series are aimed to address the mounting need to educate youth and adults in our communities about racial equity, frontline leadership, effective climate solutions, and cooperative economic efforts we need to employ to build a survivable, thriving transition through the crisis facing our economy, our neighbors, and our movement allies.
Everyone needs a hand from time to time, especially with the impact of COVID-19 on our community. And when one person buys food using 3SquaresVT, we all benefit. To learn more, visit vermontfoodhelp.com.
An Update from the Working Lands Coalition:
Great news for Vermont’s working landscape! Governor Scott has proposed investing $3.6million in the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative for Fiscal Year 2022. Thanks in part to the advocacy of many members of the Working Lands Partnership over the last several years, the governor and other members of the administration have recognized the value our working lands enterprises have for creating jobs, keeping young entrepreneurs in the state, and strengthening our local food systems. This recommendation acknowledges the critical role strategic investment in our food and forest businesses must play in our recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

In the coming weeks, the Working Lands Coalition is dedicated to supporting the governor’s recommendation through the legislative and appropriations process.To learn more about the Working Lands Enterprise Fund, past and recent grantees, visit workinglands.vermont.gov. To stay informed and help shape the campaign for Vermont's Working Landscape, join the Working Lands Partnership here: http://bit.ly/WLPartnership.
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Food System Events and Workshops
Food System Jobs
Grass Cattle Company, Assistant Ranch Manager
Champlain Islands Farmers Market, Farmers Market Manager
Sterling College, Dean of Finance & Operations
Community Harvest of Central Vermont, Program Administrator
Skinny Pancake, Kitchen Manager
Middlebury Natural Foods Coop, Finance Manager
Vermont Compost Company, Food Residuals Program Manager
Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, Community Health Program Manager
Philo Ridge Farm, Food & Beverage Manager
Twin Farms, Farm Manager
Philo Ridge Farm, Assistant Livestock Manager
Maple Wind Farm, Director of Marketing
Agricola Farm, Farmer
University of Vermont Extension, Grazing and Livestock Program Coordinator
City Market, Meat & Seafood Clerk
Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center, Farm Equipment Operator
Farmers to You, Pick and Pack Crew Member
Vermont Compost Company, Sales & Customer Service Associate
Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District, Harvest VISTA Gleaning Coordinator
Champlain Valley Apiaries, Beekeeper/Apprentice Beekeeper
Agawam Farm, Farm Director
Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, Food & Farm Crew Leader
Black Dirt Farm, Hen Wrangler
Deep Meadow Farm, Field Manager
High Mowing Organic Seeds, Fulfillment & Packing Crew Member
Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center, Full Season Lead Baker
Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center, Farmstand and Café Lead
Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center, Full Season Production Crew
Vermont Economic Development Authority, Agricultural Loan Officer
Vermont Economic Development Authority, Agricultural Credit Analyst
UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 4-H County Educator (Chittenden)
Vermont Compost Company, Fulfillment and Operations Officer
Smokey House Center, Vegetable Production Manager
Hurricane Flats Farm, Assistant Farm Manager

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