November 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.
Annual Gathering Videos Now Available
At the Crossroads: Our Food and Farm Culture and Economy

If you missed the opening remarks, keynote presentation by Vermont Folklife Center or the farmer plenary panel at this year's Gathering, you can now watch them on a youtube playlist.
On-Farm Composting Crowdfunding Campaigns
The On-Farm Composting Task Force of the F2P Food Cycle Coalition was created at the beginning of 2019 to support farmers in accepting food scraps from their communities to compost on-farm to build soil health. One of the exciting projects that the Task Force has undertaken is supporting the crowdfunding campaigns of two Hartford businesses: Sunrise Farm, which hopes to build the necessary infrastructure to handle a larger volume of compost, and Willow Tree Community Compost, which is a new and growing door-to-door collection service.

The two local entrepreneurs are working together to develop a resilient close-the-loop system for the Hartford community that recycles locally generated food scraps to build soil to grow more food. The On-Farm Composting Task Force will also use this partnership as a case study in educational materials for those who want to replicate the model in other parts of the state. If you know anyone who could donate, as an individual or as a business, please share these campaigns to help make this partnership possible!
Gobble Local this Holiday - Local Turkey Finder
It's turkey time! Make sure to place your order for a delicious Rooted in Vermont turkey this season. Not sure where to order? Check out the Vermont Fresh Network (VFN) Local Turkey Finder for all of your holiday gobbler needs! For questions, please contact: Annie Harlow, Farm to Plate Retail Service, 802-922-7060, annieharlowahh@gmail.com.
Join for a Full Week, a Day, or a Meal
This November 17th -23rd, as part of  National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week , Hunger Free Vermont invites you to shine a light on the importance of 3SquaresVT, our nation’s most effective anti-hunger program, by taking the 3SquaresVT Challenge. The Challenge seeks to highlight what it is like to eat on the average 3SquaresVT benefit, approximately:
  • $36 a week for a single person (amount varies by household size)
  • $5.14 a day
  • $1.71 per meal
#VermontMapleSyrup Instagram Contest
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets (VAAFM) has partnered with The FeedFeed to run a maple focused contest on Instagram. They are in search of the most creative and eye-catching recipes that make maple ingredients the star. ONE Winner will win a trip to Vermont in March 2020 for an immersive maple sugaring experience. Share widely with your out-of-state friends and family.

TO ENTER:
  1. Follow @thefeedfeed & @maplesyrupvermont on Instagram
  2. Post a photo of your best dish (other than pancakes) made with Vermont maple syrup to your Instagram profile
  3. Tag #feedfeed, #contest & #VermontMapleSyrup in the original caption (not as a secondary caption or comment).
Find Vermont Winter Farmer's Markets
Buy fresh. Buy local. Buy direct.
Farmer's markets in Vermont are as diverse as our landscape - with vendors selling a wide variety of agricultural products as well as often offering baked goods, prepared foods, and arts & crafts. As the seasons change, you can expect to find new products at the market highlighting what’s in season.
Farm to Plate Newsfeed
Food System Events and Workshops
Food System Jobs
Vermont Compost Company, Equipment Service Manager
Three Chimney Farm, Farm Manager
Vermont Association of Conservation Districts, Agricultural Water Quality Partnership Coordinator
Vermont Foodbank, Director of Food Resources
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, Education and Events Manager
Lewis Creek Jerseys/Badger Brook Meats, Farm Help
Ceres Greens, Production Associate
Black Dirt Farm, Farm Manager
Philo Ridge Farm, Food & Beverage Manager
Philo Ridge Farm, Head Chef
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, Public Policy Manager
Sterling College, Admission Counselor

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