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The Skinny Pancake Pledges "Newtella" for Their Annual Oath of Action

The Skinny Pancake does away with one of its most popular products due to environmental impact of palm oil.

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Applications are now open for the 2018-19 Northeast Farm to School Institute

Apply for the 2018-19 NE Farm to School Institute, Vermont FEED's unique year-long professional learning opportunity for twelve school teams from New England and New York.

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VCGN Announces New Executive Director

The Vermont Community Garden Network is pleased to announce the hiring of Michelle Gates of Westford, Vt. as the organization’s new Executive Director. Michelle joins the VCGN team on Jan. 22 with two decades of nonprofit leadership and development experience, most recently as Senior Vice President of Special Olympics Vermont.

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Workforce development critical to sustain local food economy

2017 Farm to Plate Annual Report shows successful implementation of Vermont’s food system plan has created need for more farm and food workers to meet food business expansion goals due to increased consumer demand

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Up to $60,000 Available Through the Local Food Market Development Grant Program

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture is pleased to announce the availability of up to 60k of funding for Local Food Market Development Grants to assist eligible Vermont farmers, businesses, and value-chain facilitators to grow new and existing markets. To qualify for funding consideration, applicants must be a Vermont producer, agricultural producer group, value-chain facilitator, or non-profit that will directly support Vermont producers’ access to institutional and other in-state wholesale market expansion. Grants will be distributed, through a competitive application review process, for projects that are addressing market access in Vermont institutions, defined as colleges and universities, early childcare and pre-k-12 schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and correctional facilities, and wholesale market access, including restaurants, grocery stores, independent retail, and food co-ops.

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ThinkVermont Seeks Farm and Food Social Media Ambassadors

ThinkVermont is a state-sponsored campaign designed to spread the word that Vermont is a great place to live, work, and start a business. You can help by becoming a ThinkVermont Ambassador representing the farm and food sector. By sharing a few social media posts per month about the many resources and assets unique to Vermont, you can help expand awareness about our amazing little state.

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Expansion of Localvore is growth model for job creation in Vermont

$400,000 investment by Flexible Capital Fund accelerates market expansion for Localvore’s digital marketing platform

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Vermont Organizations Receive USDA Grant for Land Transitions

The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, Vermont Land Trust and the Intervale Center received a three-year, $546,000 grant from the USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program to help Vermont’s next generation of agricultural entrepreneurs access land and grow viable businesses.

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FINE Releases Six-Part Blog Series Demonstrating the Impact of Farm to Institution Through Metrics

Measuring Up, a six-part blog series by Farm to Institution New England designed to provide an introduction to the importance of data in understanding the farm to institution landscape in New England, is now available in full on FINE's website. There are 4,628 K-12 schools, 210 colleges and universities, and 256 hospitals that provide dining services in New England. In total, they feed an estimated 3.8 million people per day. This includes students, patients, visitors, faculty, and staff. As such, institutions have the opportunity and the power to significantly impact the food system by supporting local producers and feeding their constituents fresh, healthy foods. Learn more in FINE's Measuring Up series!

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Important Farmland Conserved in Dummerston

Mike Barrett of Stoneholm Farm worked with the Vermont Land Trust to conserve a 61-acre farm field located along Interstate 91. Mike uses this field to grow corn, alfalfa, and grass for his 660-head dairy herd in Putney.

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