September 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.
Call For Video Submissions
for Gathering Opening Video
Registration for the 10th Annual Farm to Plate Network Gathering (11/12 & 11/13) opens soon. In the meantime, The Farm to Plate Network is putting together an opening video for the virtual 2020 Gathering and we need your help! We are asking folks to film themselves responding to the following questions:

Why is it important to you that we work to strengthen Vermont’s food system?  

Maximum 15 second response. Start your response by saying “It’s important to me to strengthen Vermont’s food system because…”

What is the most important value to you as it relates to our work to strengthen the food system? 

Answer by saying “The most important value to me is:…” with one-word value; pause for a second after “is:” and then insert your one word response (5 second clip)

We are asking that you upload your video submission to our Farm to Plate OneDrive Account. Click the link and select “upload.” Please make sure to label your videos in the following format:

For the first question: F2PVideo_LastName_FirstName_Q1

For the second question: F2PVideo_LastName_FirstName_Q2
We recognize that creating a video isn’t always the easiest, so please consider these tips:

  • Videos should be shot in landscape orientation.  
  • Try not to film in heavy wind, and it is fine to shoot indoors.  
  • Sun/lighting should be backlighting the camera and not in frame.  
  • For most stable video, try to rest phone/camera against something if you can.  

We’ll be able to edit out portion of clips that roll before you answer questions so don’t worry too much about excess footage you might have running before you answer (but obviously don’t submit excessively long clips).

See you in November,
The Farm to Plate Team
Join ShiftMeals for a six-part free webinar series highlighting the intersectional experiences of Womxn and Femmes in all facets of the Vermont food system, from seed to hands. Presented by City Market, A Force To Be Reckoned With honors those most affected by the COVID-19 crisis by bringing together powerful Womxn and Femme farmers, leaders, organizers, and activists. We are creating a space for collaboration, discussion, and visions for a more resilient food system in Vermont.

Commentary from Gaye Symington: Vermont's Food System & COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the food supply chain, both for eaters and for producers of food. Some of Vermont’s largest local food purchasers – restaurants, colleges, schools – closed or reduced their capacity, taking down long-reliable slices of revenue for Vermont growers. Vulnerabilities in our national food supply chain led to empty shelves for staple products, including meat and dairy, even as dairies dumped milk for lack of markets. A recent UVM study found that one in four Vermonters is food insecure and demand is way up in the emergency food system and SNAP/3SquaresVT programs. A survey by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets reported that 16% of farms closed their businesses and only 40% remained fully operational... CLICK TO READ FULL COMMENTARY

Trade Spend - What is it? How much does it cost? Where to account for it?
When: September 16th at 1:00 p.m.  

This webinar will provide an introduction to Trade Spend: the amount a company spends to increase demand for its products, including coupons, preferential shelf display locations (slotting), co-advertising, and more. During this webinar you'll learn distributor and retailer expectations, accounting for Trade Spend, and how to leverage this knowledge in negotiations and profitability planning. Presented by: Rose Wilson, Rose Wilson Consulting and Annie Harlow, VT Farm & Food Ambassador
Vermont Farm and Food Business During COVID-19 Survey
Calling all Vermont Farm and Food Business. Please participate in a research survey being conducted by the University of Vermont and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture to better understand your experiences with COVID-19 and future resource and technical assistance needs.

The survey is confidential and can help inform future funding priorities with COVID-19 relief and other funding sources. Participants will be eligible for a drawing for one of 40, $99 cash incentives. Must be 18+ to participate.

Questions about the survey can be directed to Meredith Niles at
2020 BIPOC Farmer Survey
Are you a BIPOC farmer looking to start, adapt or grow your business, or a farmer looking for land access? Let's connect and move towards a more just, equitable agricultural system. Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust, Soul Fire Farm, and the Black Farmer Fund are collaborating on this survey to work toward advancing land and food sovereignty in the Northeast.

Each month we will aim to feature a resource in the Farm to Plate Racial Justice and Equity Resource Collection. The resource collection is a growing list. If you would like to add a resource, please reach out to
Rooted in Vermont, the Vermont Farm to Plate Network’s local food marketing campaign, is celebrating all things Vermont apples with a marketing campaign focusing on putting apples at the front of Vermonter’s minds and encouraging them to visit pick your own orchards, farm stands, farmers markets, and grocery stores around the state. 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
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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
Skinny Pancake, Staff Bookkeeper
J&R Family Farm, Cheesemaker
Intervale Center, Bookkeeper
Intervale Center, Donor Relations Manager
Middlebury Natural Foods Coop, Substitute Staff
Middlebury Natural Foods Coop, Produce Staff
Vermont Compost Company, Fulfillment Team Member
Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, Agriculture Development Specialist II - Limited Service
Grow Compost of Vermont, CDL A/B Drivers

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