April 2019
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.
“Exploring Food Systems Careers” Guide Now Available
The Career Profiles and Pathways Task Force has completed the " Exploring Food Systems Careers " guidebook, a new resource which digs into the wide range of jobs within our food system and where to acquire the necessary skills. The guidebook shows that not only is farming a great career option, but there are also many ways for other interests and skills to be put to use in strengthening our food system, even in jobs not always associated with food and farming.
“Exploring Food System Careers” includes occupational titles and descriptions, wage and job opening data, and potential next steps towards each career, including associate’s and bachelor’s degrees as well as certificate programs and continuing education. The booklet is available online ; educators and workforce development organizations can request a hard copy by contacting sarah@vsjf.org .

This resource will also be featured in the breakout session “From Inspiration to Occupation: Vermont’s Career Pathways Resources” at the Vermont Workforce and Talent Summit on May 30 th , which will discuss the different benefits of cross-sector and sector-specific approaches and how to best leverage existing resources.
Upcoming Events with the Food Cycle Coalition
The Farm to Plate Food Cycle Coalition (FCC) will be hosting conversations at two upcoming events.

Thursday, April 11, Cat Buxton of Grow More, Waste Less Consulting and other members of the Food Cycle Coalition will be hosting a lunchtime roundtable at the Vermont Organics Recycling Summit , focused on a new FCC project to support farmers in accepting and managing food scraps and grow communities’ composting capacity. This lunch session is a great opportunity to learn more about the project and share your perspective on current challenges and opportunities. The rest of the Summit’s daylong agenda contains many other topics related to the food system, and registration will remain open through the morning of the event. More information is available here or by contacting Natasha@compostingvermont.org

The FCC will also be presenting a workshop on “Increasing Food Security while Reducing Food Waste and Loss” at the Hunger Action Conference on Friday, May 3 rd . The session will feature representatives from a retail chain, a food shelf, and a gleaning organization, and is designed for anyone who wants to learn more about Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law (Act 148) and its effect on the charitable food system. Participants will leave with ideas of how to leverage the Universal Recycling Law in their own communities. The Hunger Action Conference is an annual conference hosted by the Vermont Foodbank and this year has a theme of “Healing the Past for a Healthy Future.” More information is available here .
Vermont Dairy and Water Collaborative Report
Over the past year, 22 citizen-leaders have worked together to learn, to articulate a shared vision and goals, and to call upon Vermonters to act in the face of the crisis in dairy and in water quality. Within their “Call to Action,” they outline eight detailed recommendations dive into a compilation of their work, including the vision and goal statement, the reports of three working groups, and an outline of four learning sessions.

Former Agriculture Secretary Roger Allbee, Gardner’s Supply founder Will Raap and former Vermont Land Trust President Gil Livingston were the initial organizers of the process, with great assistance from farmer and former Legislator Will Stevens and professional mediator Cindy Cook.
Agritourism Task Force Visits King Arthur Flour
The Agritourism Task Force met in March at King Arthur Flour Bakery and Baking School for an afternoon of strategizing, delicious baked goods, and a presentation on King Arthur’s community involvement .
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