October 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.
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The 2020 Farm to Plate Annual Gathering Registration is Open!
This year's Gathering may be virtual, but it's no less important! This year marks a period of transition with the closing of the first 10 years of Farm to Plate and the beginning of the next ten years. Together as a Network we'll get a first glimpse at the next 10-year strategic plan - it's vision, goals, and objectives - and in breakout sessions dive into priority issues that have emerged through stakeholder engagement and public input to determine the ways in which we'll collaboratively work together to bring our shared vision to fruition. We'll also hear stories of adaptation and transition in the food system during Covid, and reflect on what we can learn and apply from them to the next decade of food system development.
The Gathering will be held Thursday, November 12 from 12:30pm-5pm and Friday, November 13 from 9am-12pm, and will be hosted online. Links to sessions will be sent to you prior to the Gathering via email. There is a flat fee of $30 to register for the Gathering regardless of number of sessions/days attended. We're offering to cover the registration fee for farmers, food workers, or food business owners who need assistance with registration costs. Please click here to apply for a scholarship to cover the registration fee. If you are applying for a scholarship, please do not register until you hear from our Farm to Plate Staff.

Agenda Outline (subject to slight changes):

Gathering Agenda Day One
12:30-12:50pm: Opening remarks
  • Stakeholder process results and sharing of vision
12:50-1:00pm Transition Break/Trivia
1:00-2:25pm: Plenary Panel - Stories of adaptation and transition, and what they say about the future of our food system
  • 4 food system stories (50 min- 1hr)
  • Questions and discussion (25-35 min)
2:25-2:45pm: Transition Break/Trivia
2:45-5pm: Breakout Sessions
  • Addressing Systemic Racism and Racial Equity in the Food System
  • Creating a Climate and Environmentally Resilient Food System
  • Farm Succession, Future Farmers, and Securing the Working Landscape
  • Strengthening our Regional Food Security and Increasing Food Access For All
  • Wholesale & Regional Market Development - Addressing the Intersection of Consumer Demand, Marketing, and Distribution to Access Major Metro Markets
Gathering Agenda Day Two
9-9:30: Welcome back, opening remarks, harvest reflections from day 1
9:30am-9:45am Transition Break/Trivia
9:45-12 Breakout Sessions
  • The Future of Dairy - Cows, Goats, Cheese, Markets, and the Environment
  • Pathways to Diversification - Growing Our Ag-Portfolio through Technical Assistance, Supply Chain Development, Policy, and Financing
  • The Future of Direct Sales - Securing Strong Foundations and Nurturing New Beginnings
  • The Next Decade of Ag & Food System Literacy and Education
  • The Ties that Bind: Forging New Connections Between Vermont Farmers and the Vermont Value-added Food Industry
  • Building Coalitions Beyond the Food System - Healthcare, Childcare, Racial Equity, and Workforce Development

We hope to see you there!
Jake, Ellen, Lydia, Sarah, Shane & Kelly
The Vermont Farm to Plate Staff
Farm Walks Across Vermont
Taking a walk around a Vermont farm is a great way to get outside and take in the beauty and serenity of a working farm. Venture out as a solo explorer or with loved ones, and discover the sounds of crickets in hayfields, birdsong in sugarwoods, and humming equipment in the fields as farmers produce food, forage, fiber, and timber. Check out DigInVT's guide to farm walks for detailed descriptions of twelve farm walks across the state. Information includes maps, accessibility, hours of operation and more.
Abenaki Land Link Project
"Those seeds were given to us by our creator to take care of us," he said. "When we look at one of our seeds and we touch it, we are looking at the stories of the corn mother who sacrificed herself to get the seeds from her creator to be able to feed her children forever."

The fact that the seeds exist at all is the result of thousands of ancestors caring for them, year after year, Stevens said."
Vermont Maple 100
As the maple trees begin to change colors and turn Vermont’s landscapes into shades of red, orange and yellow, our minds turn to the many ways we enjoy Vermont’s classic maple syrup. This fall, join the Vermont Agency of Agriculture to celebrate the Maple 100, in partnership with Vermont Tourism, to discover hundreds of maple activities, adventures, and maple-inspired products across the state. Find events, specialty products, and learning resources for the whole family to discover new ways to enjoy Vermont’s sweetest treat.
Rooted in Vermont, the Vermont Farm to Plate Network’s local food marketing campaign, is celebrating all things Vermont maple. Listen to your local radio stations for the ads and look for them on Front Porch Forum and social media channels!

How can you plug into the conversation?
  • For stores, farm stands, markets: leverage our campaign with your own marketing, outreach and displays put local meat products up front in order to maximize sales.
  • Everyone: share our posts on Facebook and Instagram and overlay your own messaging on top. Also, plug into the conversation on social media through the #RootedinVermont hashtag on Instagram or @RootedinVermont on Facebook. Throughout the campaign, we will be sharing photos, posts, and stories.

If you have any questions or want to chat about how to get more involved email shane@vsjf.org.
Vermont Small Bites eNews
The Vermont Farm to Plate Network has been working hard to ensure that independent grocers, the lifelines of many small Vermont communities, have been able to adapt and thrive during this unprecedented time. The Small Bites newsletter, which is geared toward grocers, farmers & food manufacturers, distributors & retail-farm stands, provides insights on distribution & business-to-business resource sharing in an effort to help expand the sale of Vermont products. Sign up to receive the Small Bites newsletter in your inbox!
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Vermont Farm to Plate is proud to partner with, and is supported by:
Food System Events and Workshops
Food System Jobs
Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Bulk, Cheese, & Dairy Staff
Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Substitute Staff
Intervale Center, Administrative Coordinator
Vermont Foodbank, 3SquaresVT Resource Specialist
Black Dirt Farm, Compost Operator
Skinny Pancake, Staff Bookkeeper
J&R Family Farm, Cheesemaker
Grow Compost of Vermont, CDL A/B Drivers

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Jake Claro, Farm to Plate Director
Sarah Danly, Farm to Plate Network Manager
Shane Rogers, Farm to Plate Communications Manager
Lydia Pitkin, Office Manager & Program Coordinator
Kelly Nottermann, Communications Director
Ellen Kahler, Executive Director

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