Vermont Food System Atlas


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.


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USDA Releases Standard Indicators and Laboratory Procedures to Assess Soil Health for Public Comment

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is releasing a set of standard indicators and associated laboratory procedures to assess soil health. These measures – recommended through a multi-organizational collaboration among soil health experts in the federal, university, public and private sectors – are being developed to improve conservation planning and implementation across the United States. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has posted a draft Technical Note detailing these soil health indicators and associated laboratory methods in the Federal Register for public review and comment. NRCS is accepting comments on this Technical Note through December 13, 2018.

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NRCS Announces October 19 EQIP Signup Deadline for 2019 Funding

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced that farmers are encouraged to apply by October 19, 2018, to receive assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The October signup will focus on assistance with seasonal high tunnels, development of conservation activity plans, and for EQIP-focused projects funded through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

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VT Community Loan Fund Lends $1,481,500 in Q2 2018

SPROUTing New Opportunities with Vermont Chevon: The Vermont Community Loan Fund's SPROUT Fund, a deferred-payment, lower-interest loan program specifically designed for start-up and early stage food and farms enterprises, helps this processor and distributor of nutritious goat meat to expand her business.

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Meetings & Events

Vermont Master Composter Course

Anyone with a garden, lawn, trees or house plants has a use for compost! Composting is about recycling organic material back to the soil in a usable form. It’s also about reawakening our awareness of the value of healthy soil in the food web. Composting is practical, convenient and inexpensive.

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Introduction to Making Hard Cider at Scott Farm Orchard

Join Jason MacAurthur to learn the basics of hard cider making to make your own delicious elixir at home!

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Vital Signs: Tracking Soil Health

Restoration of soil health positively impacts water quality, improve nutrient density of foods, and can mitigate climate change; sequestering carbon and restoring land water cycles that can cool the planet. Learn about the soil health principles and simple ways to implement them in the backyard and beyond. We'll review an assortment of accessible tools that allow you to accurately track changes in your soil health and whole-systems landscape function.

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Job Listings

Produce Manager (Black Dirt Farm)

  The Produce Manager is a critical part of daily and seasonal operations of the farm’s small produce operation.  The Produce Manager is charged with managing the Produce Sphere of Responsibility and in order to do this for our small but intensive operation, they must manage their schedule and execute tasks…

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Hen & Worm Wrangler (Black Dirt Farm)

  The Hen and Worm Wrangler is a critical part of daily and seasonal operations of the farm. The H&W Wrangler is charged with managing the Hen and Worm Spheres of Responsibility and in order to do this for our small but intensive operations, they must manage their schedule and execute…

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AmeriCorps VISTA (Hunger Free Vermont)

AmeriCorps VISTA: The VISTA Team member will receive training and support from a manager and colleagues and will increase their experience and skills in project management, communication, public speaking, strategic planning, and public education in nutrition and hunger issues. This position will support statewide activities for enhancing food security in…

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Food System Tweets

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Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

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