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.
Local Food Consumption and
Job Numbers Surpass 2020 Targets



Over 250 members of the Vermont Farm to Plate Network convened November 1-2, 2018 at the eighth annual Farm to Plate Gathering in Killington where it was announced that 

The 2020 target of 10 percent was created with the thought that doubling the 2010 estimate of 5 percent local food and beverage consumption would create economic growth in the state, including 1,500 net new jobs, new business creation and investment in infrastructure. In fact, this greater than anticipated increase in consumption resulted in 6,559 net new jobs and 742 net new businesses created from 2010-2017.  Every Vermonter can help Vermont farmers and businesses by choosing to purchase local products on a day-to-day basis. Every purchase matters in order to maintain and improve upon the latest results.


Call for Vermont Food Vendors!  (Application Deadline 12/21)

Apply now to be part of the Buy Local Market taking place during Consumer Night at the Vermont Farm Show Wednesday, January 30, 2019.  A staple of the Vermont Farm Show, the Buy Local Market gives Vermonters an opportunity to taste, learn, and buy Vermont agricultural products in one convenient location. Don't miss out on your chance to meet new customers and showcase your products that help make Vermont so special.

To participate, complete the application and  be sure to submit a Certificate of Insurance (COI). You will find instructions in the application form, please read carefully. 

Have questions? Please contact Alissa Matthew at Alissa.matthews@vermont.gov & Faith Raymond at faith.raymond@vermont.gov.
 
Deadline for Applications: December 21, 2018. 
Application link: http://bit.ly/ConsumerNight2019 (case sensitive URL)

 
Libraries Contribute to Local Food Movement with Rooted in Vermont
Featured in the Rutland Herald

Local food often conjures images of farm-to-table meals served at trendy restaurants in Vermont's urban centers, or tables of fresh produce overflowing into the aisles of a community's farmers' market. While these are important parts of Vermont's growing local-food movement, an important part of Vermont's local-food culture often goes unnoticed: Many residents have been quietly eating locally sourced food all along, from their own gardens, communities and forests.

Known as Rooted in Vermont, this new campaign has been working to shift the local-food narrative on social media and in Vermont communities to include the many ways we enjoy and acquire local food, including traditional sources like foraging, hunting and fishing. Deepening the connection between food and community, Rooted in Vermont partnered with the Vermont Department of Libraries to offer local-food programming at libraries around the state.

These programs are all part of a week-long series of events, called "What Rooted in Vermont Food is in Your Backyard?" The partnership and offerings aim to demonstrate the role libraries play in their communities as hubs for learning.

"Public libraries have transformed into community hubs," says Lara Keenan, with the Vermont Department of Public Libraries. She says, while libraries bring people together, so too does food.

Read the full story from the Rutland Herald.


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Front Porch Forum (FPF) is the social network that keeps Vermont connected, serving more than 155,000 residents across the state.
 
FPF is a regional network of online neighborhood forums that covers the entire state of Vermont.  It was founded in 2006 by entrepreneurs Michael and Valerie Wood-Lewis and has grown to a staff of 17 today.  Our mission is to help neighbors connect and build community.  
 
A growing body of research tells us that well-connected neighborhoods are friendlier places to live, with less crime, healthier residents, higher property values, and better service from local government and public utilities. In Vermont, Front Porch Forum is the social network that facilitates those connections.
 
As a modern-day cross between community bulletin boards and virtual town greens, FPF provides an easy way for local residents to connect with their neighbors. It's free. It's local. And it's friendly.
 
FPF uses technology to bring neighbors closer together. Members of a local forum submit their own messages, which FPF distributes to nearby residents as an online newsletter. Because the service is moderated and real names accompany postings, the discussions remain civil, engaging, and relevant.
 
Neighbors who use Front Porch Forum to communicate are more aware of who lives around them, stay better informed about what's happening in their communities, and are more prepared to face challenges and times of crisis.  Members find roofers, give away strollers, rally volunteers for pie suppers, trade equipment, and describe wildlife sightings. Common topics also include local elections, break-ins, events, and starting a food shelf. 
 
Not a member already? Sign up today at frontporchforum.com!
Food System Gigs

NOFA-VT,  Executive Director
Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center,  Retail Manager
Skinny Pancake,  Staff Accountant
Black Dirt Farm,  Produce Manager
Black Dirt Farm,  Hen & Worm Wrangler
Hunger Free Vermont,  AmeriCorps VISTA
Lawson's Finest Liquids,  Food Curator
Sugar Mountain Farm,  Farm Hand
Black Dirt Farm,  Office Manager
von Trapp Farmstead,  Dairy Farm Help


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