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Workforce development and business succession necessary for continued growth in Vermont’s food system

Vermont Farm to Plate Network identifies skilled and larger workforce, shifts in food system career perceptions, and business exit strategies needed to sustain Vermont farm and food economy

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Salvation Farms Director Receives Ben and Jerry’s Local Hero Award

Ben and Jerry’s staff choose and present Local Hero awards to individuals in their home communities who, through a one time or long term act, embodies the core principles of Vermont Manufacturing including Linked Prosperity, Social Justice, and Community Service.

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Vermont Agency of Agriculture Announces Produce Safety Grant Opportunity

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) is pleased to announce the first round of a two-round grant opportunity to improve on-farm produce safety. Approximately $74,000 in funding will be available in each round. This grant is to assist Vermont produce growers to make improvements that help prevent or reduce known produce safety risks on their farms.

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Localvore Reinvents How to Discover Local Food & Drink

New Localvore Platform Connects Farms, Restaurants and Producers with Conscious Consumers to Promote Sustainability and Local Consumerism

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VCGN Accepting Applications for Board of Directors

Are you passionate about food access and positive social connections? Do you have nonprofit board and/or management experience? Are you interested in being part of the evolution of a statewide organization dedicated to growing healthy and connected communities? The Vermont Community Garden Network has openings on the board for 2018.

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Working Lands Enterprise Board Announces $750,000 in Available Investments To Help Grow Vermont’s Economy

Today, the Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB) is pleased to announce the opening of this year’s grant cycle and the availability of approximately $750,000 in investments for the 2018 program year. Funds support projects across forestry and agriculture that enhance Vermont’s communities, economy and culture.

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Local Fish Takes Its Place on the Menu

A dinner celebration of Lake and Land shows what Vermont chefs have learned from a summer spent exploring Lake Champlain.

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UVM Students Experience a Summer of Food Entrepreneurship

This summer, twelve UVM students worked for Vermont food businesses as interns with the Next Generation Food Systems Internship program.

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Local Food Sale Boost for Vermont Retailers

New training videos help local food merchandising and sales at Vermont retail stores

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Cabot supports business adviser at Salvation Farms

Cabot Creamery Co-operative is supporting Salvation Farms’ engagement of a University of Vermont Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA (SEMBA) graduate, Diane Abruzzini. Diane will aid the nonprofit in the revision and expansion of their business plan for the Vermont Commodity Program. The Vermont Commodity Program operates Vermont’s first surplus-crop food hub in Winooski through a workforce development program. The food hub cleans, quality assesses, processes, and packs surplus crops.

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