Vermont's Farm to Plate  food system plan (2011-2020) is being implemented statewide by the 350+ member organizations of the  Farm to Plate Network to increase economic development and jobs in the farm and food sector and improve access to healthy local food for all Vermonters.
Network Project Focus: This month we take a look at how the Network is addressing ways to Meet Food System Employment Needs in Positive Work Environments

WEB Partnership Updates

In 2013, the Farm to Plate Network published " Charting a Path: Food System Workforce Needs Assessment". One of the top ten recommendations of this report was to "develop ongoing opportunities for food system employers and educators to build and maintain lasting relationships so that the education and training being offered meets the evolving needs of employers."
The Network feels that the work of building these relationships, especially if they are to result in concrete action steps and partnerships, requires convenings and capacity building at the regional rather than statewide level.
Since a successful pilot in Washington County in 2016, the Farm to Plate Network has been developing regional "WEB" Partnerships that bring together w orkforce support organizations (W), educators (E), and food system businesses (B)  to share resources, build relationships, and address common challenges.
  • The Lamoille WEB Partnership, led by Green Mountain Technology and Career Center and the Lamoille Economic Development Corporation, kicked off 2018 with an event for local teachers featuring a panel on the local food economy and a tour of the Food Venture Center in Hardwick.  Upcoming events include a "community listening session" for food system businesses to express their needs to the area's education and workforce development organizations, to be held April 24, and a workshop for educators on food system curriculum development, to be held in May. 
Connor Gorham from the Center for an Agricultural Economy presents to educators at GMTCC's recent event
  • A new WEB Partnership has begun in Bennington County, led by Northshire Grows. With many conversations already underway, the first convening between all three sets of stakeholders will be held on April 27 at Southern Vermont College. 
  • In 2018, the Washington County WEB will be rebooting, led by Capstone Community Action and Kismet Kitchen. Planned meetings include a special convening of the Central Vermont Regional Workforce Partnership focused on food system businesses; an event for regional schools' Work-Based Learning Coordinators; and more. 

Farm to Plate Newsfeed

Vermont Tortilla Company Receives National Recognition as an American Small Business Champion by SCORE

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Cabot Creamery Co-operative Wins Big at World Championship Cheese Contest

Northeast SARE Invites Graduate Student Grant Applications, Due May 8

Food Solutions New England Launches Fourth Racial Equity Challenge

Dairy Farmers Discuss Strategies for Continued Success at Annual Conference

Leaders, Schools and Partners Gather at Farm to School and Childcare Grant Awards

Farm to Plate Member Media Highlights
Farmers to You, Boston Globe: Fresh from the farm, and just a mouse click away
Farmers to You, Northshire Magazine: Fresh Food for Families
NOFA-VT, Vermont Feed, Shelburne Farms, WCAX: Jr. Iron Chef Competition
Dutton Farm Stand, Bennington Banner: Sap is flowing: Maple sap house tours this weekend

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Farm & Food Workshops + Industry Events
Food System Gigs

Vermont Tortilla Company, Production Assistant
Skinny Pancake, Marketing Coordinator
Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, GIS Professional II
Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets,  Water Quality Assistant Director
Bragg Family Farm,  Weekend help
Vermont Compost Company,  Livestock Farmer
UVM Health Network,  Prep/Relief Cook
Vermont Maple Sugar Makers' Association,  Executive Director
Center for an Agricultural Economy,  Development Manager
Clyde River Farm and Forest,  Field Production Position
Plainfield Coop,  Administrative Manager
Plainfield Coop,  General Manager
Green Mountain Farm to School,  AmeriCorps Farm to School Coordinator
Vermont Creamery,  Creamery Supervisor- Second Shift
Vermont Creamery,  Human Resources Manager
Vermont Tortilla Company,  Sales and Marketing Assistant
Cedar Circle Farm,  Farmstand & Coffee Shop Positions