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

Full Steam Ahead with the Career Profiles Project

This summer, VSJF welcomes Lizzie McCarty as the Career Profiles Project Intern. Lizzie is originally from Newton, Massachusetts and just graduated from Saint Michael's College with a B.S. in Environmental Science. She became interested in working in the Vermont food system after becoming involved with the campus farm at Saint Michael's and is interested in Farm to Plate because of its dedication to improving all facets of the food system. She hopes to delve deeper into environmental and agricultural education, making the Career Profiles Internship a great first step in her career.
Lizzie is hard at work building out resources for teachers and students, creating additional profiles, and working with educators around the state to plan for the project in the upcoming school year. Additionally, Lizzie and the rest of the Task Force are partnering with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, & Markets to organize in Washington County the first of a series of panels for high school students, featuring food systems professionals who will discuss their work experience.
School Snapshot

This May, students in the Ag Tech program at Randolph Technical Career Center adapted the curriculum to interview three farmers in a panel format to compare their career paths and business models. Students then selected which answers were most helpful to their understanding of food systems careers and, with help from the F2P Career Profiles Task Force, created a brochure of the interviews that was showcased at the school's annual open house. Overall in this past academic year, students from Lamoille, Orange, and Windsor Counties conducted more than a dozen interviews, which are in the process of being finalized into profiles for a second edition of the Vermont Food System Career Profiles and Pathways publication.

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Farm & Food Workshops + Industry Events

July 12, Burlington:  Summervale
July 16-20, Craftsbury:  On-Farm Slaughter and Custom Butchery
July 16-20, Randolph:  Meat Cutting: Butchering Basics
July 19, Burlington:  Summervale
July 24-26, Craftsbury:  Permaculture Market Gardening
August 2, Burlington:  Summervale
August 4-5, Randolph:  Basic Welding
August 9, Burlington:  Summervale

Food System Gigs

UVM Extension,  EFNEP Nutrition Educator
Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund,  Communications Manager
Vermont Compost Company,  Sales and Marketing Associate
Chittenden Solid Waste District,  Latex Paint Recycler
Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation,  Agricultural Loan Officer
Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation,  Agricultural Credit Analyst
Vermont Tortilla Company,  Production and Fulfillment Manager
Hildene,  Goat Dairy Staff
Hunger Free Vermont,  Office Administrator
Food Connects,  Food Hub Logistics Manager
Vermont Foodbank,  Major Gifts Officer
The Mountain School,  Chef (who loves farming and kids)
Community Harvest of Central Vermont,  Program Assistant
Vermont Packinghouse,  Production Meat Cutter
Vermont Compost Company,  Personal Assistant
Intervale Center,  Land Steward
Intervale Center,  Accounting Manager
Vermont Department of Children and Families,  AmeriCorps VISTA - SerVermont- Farm to Family Program