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Jr Iron Chef VT Registration Now Open!

On November 14, registration opens for Vermont schools and organizations to sign up a youth team for the upcoming Jr Iron Chef VT competition, taking place on March 16, 2019, at the Champlain Valley Exposition. Up to 70 teams will be accepted. Last year, all team spots filled before the registration deadline, so registrants are encouraged to act soon! Early Bird rates ($130) are available until December 12, and registration closes (regular rate = $150) January 18, 2019.

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Local food consumption and job numbers surpass 2020 targets; Vermont’s Farm to Plate Network Annual Gathering identifies more work to be done

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 local food and beverage consumption in 2017 by Vermonters increased to 12.9 percent, surpassing a 2020 target of 10 percent.

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VT Community Loan Fund SPROUT Financing Available to Early Stage VT Farmers & Working Lands Entrepreneurs

The Vermont Community Loan Fund has announced the second round of SPROUT, a low-interest loan program for emerging working lands entrepreneurs. The financing program was created to meet the capital needs of Vermont farms, food producers and processors, foresters, forest products businesses and others in the start-up and early stages of operations. Loan applications are now being accepted.

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Rural Vermont Raffles Gifts from Darn Tough, Fair Winds Farm, and Nutty Steph's

Rural Vermont's popular fall raffle returns with three incredible prizes! Tickets available online now and in person at their Annual Meeting on November 5th from 6-9pm at the Evening Star Grange in Dummerston. Winners drawn that night - need not be present to win.

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Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Coupon Program Increases Access to Healthy Foods in the NEK

For the fourth consecutive year, Green Mountain Farm-to-School is offering $60,000 in coupons for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables to the residents of Essex and Orleans counties enrolled in 3SquaresVT, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

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Hunger Mtn Co-op $100,000 Investment in VT Community Loan Fund

Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier’s community-owned natural food cooperative, has announced it will invest $100,000 in the Vermont Community Loan Fund in support of the Loan Fund’s Food, Farms & Forests Fund.

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World Wildlife Fund to join Salvation Farms-facilitated panel at Vermont Farm to Plate Gathering

Salvation Farms will raise the profile of food loss on-farms across America at the Vermont Farm to Plate Annual Gathering in Killington on November 1st during a workshop titled “What If We Ate What We Grew?” This session will include presentations from and a dialogue with individuals engaged in on-farm food loss research, including representatives from the World Wildlife Fund and North Carolina State University.

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Food Connects Gets a New Ride

Food Connects expands its wholesale delivery with a new van

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Salvation Farms Founder/Executive Director receives VBSR’s Young Changemaker Award

Theresa Snow, Salvation Farms Founder/Executive Director, received the Vermont Business for Social Responsibility (VBSR) Young Changemaker Award on September 20th.

The Award is given in recognition of an individual who has led the formation of a socially responsible enterprise and uses the power of business to advance innovative solutions to society’s challenges for the good of the planet, their employees, their community, and economic growth.

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Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Awards Announced - Over $332K Directed to Nine Agricultural Organizations

October 2, 2018 / Montpelier VT - The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets announces grants totaling $332,632.61 for twelve projects to benefit Vermont producers of fruits, vegetables, nursery stock, maple, wine grapes, and value-added products and to increase consumer access to locally produced food.

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