May 2022
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
Climate Change
The Vermont food system plan issue brief on Climate Change describes the disruption Vermont will face to the local food system and farm profitability and viability because of climate change. 

Key Points:
  • Observed climatic changes include an increase in annual precipitation, a greater frequency of heavy storms, warming in annual average temperature, and higher temperature extremes. Projections estimate that these trends will continue to intensify, with more rain through the winter and spring months, and an increased risk of drought in late summer.
  • As the significant impact of climate change on global food production and supply chains intensifies, we need to increase the resilience of Vermont farming and local food systems and maintain our agricultural land base.
  • Supporting Vermont farmers’ efforts to adapt will also reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, improve water quality, and perhaps make farmers more competitive with farms outside Vermont. 
  • Additional training, education, financial support, and research on adaptation will help farmers be resilient and innovative as the climate continues to change.

Recommendations Include:
  • Fund a training program for all agricultural service providers on the observed and projected changes in Vermont’s climate, how it can affect agriculture, and basic adaptation principles. 
  • Further investigate market mechanisms and existing systems, nationally and internationally, including voluntary, bilateral, and compliance, for providing payments to Vermont farmers for sequestering carbon and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • Investigate innovative funding mechanisms for assisting with implementation of climate change adaptation practices (such as cover crops and building organic matter in soil), crop insurance for diversified Vermont-scale farms, and emergency recovery following extreme weather events, so that we are better prepared to respond when climate change related events occur. 
  • By 2023, create carbon sequestration offsets protocols within Vermont’s rules for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the emerging, analogous Transportation Climate Initiative.
The Vermont Climate Action Plan
Vermont and the world are facing the impacts of climate change and it’s time to act. The initial Vermont Climate Action Plan, released on December 1, 2021, outlines steps
to cut climate pollution and help Vermonters prepare for extreme weather and other impacts caused by climate change. You can find the majority of food system specific strategies and recommendations in Agriculture Pathways for Mitigation, Pathways for Adaptation and Building Resilience in Natural and Working Lands, Pathways for Sequestration and Storing Carbon, and Cross-cutting Themes. Many of the food system strategies were adapted or guided by the Vermont Agriculture and Food System Strategic Plan 2021-2030.
F2P Retrospective 2010-2020

This report features highlights of Farm to Plate Network projects from 2010-2020.The Vermont Legislature and Governor Douglas created the Farm to Plate Investment Program in May 2009, and tasked the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) with administering it.

Let's celebrate what has been accomplished toward the three outcomes outlined in the Farm to Plate Investment Program legislation, acknowledge areas where we fell short of our aspirations, and share the lessons we carry into our second decade.
A Day-Long Celebration of Vermont Farming
#Farm24VT May 18, 2022
Farmers, food producers, agribusinesses, and others in the agricultural community are invited to share photos, videos, and stories to give a behind-the-scenes look at how everyone's favorite local foods get to the table.

Starting at 5:00 a.m. on May 18, search for the #Farm24VT hashtag on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to watch a day in the life of Vermont food and farming.
Register Your Farm to Participate in Open Farm Week August 7-14, 2022
Registration is now open for the 8th annual Vermont Open Farm Week, taking place at farms across Vermont, August 7-14, 2022! This special week in August, hosted by DigIn VT, creates an opportunity for folks to connect with Vermont's working landscape, and it's a great way for farmers to engage with their customers and communities. Technical assistance for farms is available. Register now through July 1st.
Farmer Succession Planning Survey
The Agricultural Business team at UVM Extension is concentrating efforts to support farms in ownership transition. If you are a farmer, please fill out this very quick, 3-question survey. It will support UVM's efforts to provide agile responses to farmer succession planning needs.
Learn about the unique benefits and challenges of employee ownership. The full-day event features 19 informative workshops and a keynote by Jennifer Briggs, CEO of Modern Times Beer. This year's keynote will explore "Three Horizons of Employee Ownership: Policy, Company Futures, and Individual Performance."

The Vermont Employee Ownership Conference is open to:
  • Business owners, managers, and employees of companies interested in learning more about employee ownership;
  • Those who work in established employee-owned companies;
  • Entrepreneurs considering starting up a company with broadly shared ownership;
  • Business advisors, including bankers, accountants, attorneys, and financial planners;
  • Government officials and staff members;
  • Economic development professionals;
  • Students and faculty;
  • Anyone interested in employee participation, sustainable business models or business ownership succession.

They are offering discounted registration to students, academics, first-time attendees considering employee ownership, and economic development professionals. Email ryan@veoc.org for more information.
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Food System Events and Workshops
Food System Jobs
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, 2 VT NRCS Openings Apply by May 16
Chittenden Solid Waste District, Drop-Off Center Operator - On Call
Vermont Foodbank, Operations Technician
Addison County Relocalization Network (ACORN), Food Hub Manager
Vermont Community Loan Fund, Loan Officer
Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, Grants and Fund Development Manager
Pigasus Meats, Part-Time Farm Help
Norwich Farmers' Market (Summer), Market Manager
Center for an Agricultural Economy, Just Cut Kitchen Staff
Center for an Agricultural Economy, Administrative Operations Coordinator
Rural Vermont, Operations Director
Vermont Foodbank, Community Kitchen Academy
Flack Family Farm, Farm Crew
Bennington Community Market, General Manager
City Market, Onion River Cooperative, Produce Buyer, City Market - South End
Green Mountain Farm-to-School, Americorps Farm to School Coordinator
High Mowing Organic Seeds, Trials Farm Crew
Vermont Fresh Network, Vermont Open Farm Week Coordinator
NOFA Vermont, Mobile Oven Baker
Intervale Center, Food Access Assistant
Intervale Center, Event Staff
Intervale Center, Volunteer Music Intern

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