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Open Farm Week Sign-Up is Open!

Farmer registration for 2017 Open Farm Week statewide event is open!

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Vermont Agency of Agriculture Announces Listening Tour Response Plan

Throughout February and March, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets held a Listening Tour to gather feedback and ideas about farming in our state. Over the course of six weeks, the Agency hosted meetings in Lyndonville, Brattleboro, Middlebury, St. Albans, and Montpelier. More than 300 farmers and community members attended. Today, the Agency is announcing a plan to address the Listening Tour feedback.

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Conservation Innovation Grant Proposals for Water Quality in Vermont Due June 3

USDA NRCS in Vermont seeks grant proposals for innovative projects to address water quality. Proposals due to Vermont NRCS in Colchester by June 3, 2017. Award amounts will not exceed $75,000.

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Spring is the EGG’S Time to Shine!

Though they play an important role in baking, quiche, and of course breakfast, the humble egg is often overlooked, or treated like a minor-character in the mealtime plot. But spring is the incredible egg’s time to shine. This week, eggs have been working overtime, hidden in egg hunts, nestled in Easter baskets, and displayed on traditional Passover Seder plates.

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UVM Battle of Campus Chefs

Join Campus Kitchens and UVM Dining for a Sustainable Cook-off Fundraiser!

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VHCB Grants to Promote Community Gardens and Cooking Classes at Affordable Housing Sites

Apply now for grants that support collaborations between affordable housing providers and Vermont’s network of food systems groups to provide cooking and nutrition classes, community meals, community gardens and edible landscaping projects. Grant applications are available on the VHCB website and are due May 15, 2017.

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Bold New England Summit Seeks Big Food System Change

Bold Region. Big Change. Bright Future. That’s what 450 food system leaders adopted as their motto for the biennial New England Farm to Institution Summit on April 6th and 7th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Leominster, Mass.

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Agency of Agriculture Issues Annual Spring Stewardship Reminder for Vermont Farms

April 1st is the traditional date that the state’s winter manure spreading ban is lifted and farmers can get out on their fields and begin to apply those valuable nutrients to their cropland. However, with fresh snow expected for many parts of Vermont by April 1st, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) is issuing a special ‘spring stewardship’ reminder for all Vermont farms: Even though the manure spreading ban will be lifted April 1st, new statewide water quality rules – the Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs) – prohibit the application of manure on frozen or snow covered ground, in addition to any application that would result in runoff to surface waters.

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Food Solutions New England Launches Third Racial Equity Challenge

Food Solutions New England is hosting its third 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge April 9-29, 2017, available wherever you are.

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The Food and Farm Initiative of the Vermont Community Foundation Awards More Than $660,000 in Grants to Connect More Vermonters with Healthy, Local Food

The Vermont Community Foundation has announced that its Food and Farm Initiative has made more than $660,000 to 11 organizations working to connect more Vermonters with healthy, local food in the Initiative’s final grant round. Half of the total granted out was made possible thanks to the partnership of donors and fundholders at the Foundation, including $75,000 in support from the High Meadows Fund.

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