Chapter 2: Getting to 2020: Goals and Indicators

Goal 25: Food system market development needs will be strategically coordinated.

Even in a small place like Vermont there are hundreds of programs, activities, and organizations working to strengthen Vermont's food system. Improving communication, coordination, and collaboration among food system stakeholders must be enhanced to amplify our collective impact. The Farm to Plate Network and the Vermont Food System Atlas were created to strategically coordinate food system market development needs.

What does the data show? During the summer of 2012, a team of researchers from the University of Vermont crafted a research project designed to document the networked capacity of the burgeoning Farm to Plate Network. During the fall of 2012, an extensive survey was sent to all participating organizations in the network. Researchers found that a robust Farm to Plate network exists and mostly builds on existing ties. Of new ties forged, the largest gains came from the funder and for profit sectors, but all sectors reported that their participation in Farm to Plate has added value to their work. The strong network ties focus on information sharing, followed by project collaboration and resource sharing. Read the full report here.

  1. Farm to Plate Information Sharing Network (2011)
  2. Farm to Plate Project/Program Collaboration Network (2011)
  3. Farm to Plate Network Organizations Working to Accomplish Goal 1 (2011)
  4. The Structure of New England's Food System: Land in Agriculture
  5. Land in Agriculture in New England Decreased from 1982 to 2012
  6. Maine Has the Largest Total Amount of Land in Agriculture in New England, but Vermont has the Highest Percentage of Land in Agriculture as a Percentage of Total Land Area (2007, 2012)
  7. "Woodland" is the Largest Category of Land in Agriculture in New England (2007, 2012)
  8. Land in Agriculture is Very Concentrated in Specific Counties in New England (2007, 2012)
  9. Cropland, Mainly Nurseries, is the Largest Category of Land in Agriculture in Connecticut (2007, 2012)
  10. Woodland is the Largest Category of Land in Agriculture in Maine (2007, 2012)
  11. Woodland is the Largest Category of Land in Agriculture in Massachusetts (2007, 2012)
  12. Woodland is the Largest Category of Land in Agriculture in New Hampshire (2007, 2012)
  13. Woodland Was the Largest Category of Land in Agriculture in Rhode Island in 2007, Data Was Missing in 2012
  14. Woodland is the Largest Category of Land in Agriculture in Vermont (2007, 2012)
  15. California Accounted for 21% of Certified Organic Acres Operated in the United States; Vermont Ranked 9th (2016)
  16. California Accounted for 38% of Certified Organic Agricultural Product Sales in the United States, Including 50% of Organic Crop Sales (2016)
  17. Vermont Has the Most Certified Organic Acreage (65%) and the Largest Number of Certified Organic Farms (40%) in New England (2016)
  18. Vermont Accounted for 54% of Certified Organic Product Sales in New England (2016)
  19. Organic Milk Sales ($63.7 Million) Top All Organic Commodities in New England and Vermont (96%) Has the Majority of Organic Milk Sales (2016)
  20. The Structure of New England's Food System: Market Value of Food Production
  21. The Number of New England Farms is the Highest it Has Been Since 1964
  22. Market Value and Composition of New England's Agricultural Production Reveals Dependency on VT Milk, CT Nurseries, and ME Potatoes (2007, 2012)
  23. Vermont and Maine Have the Highest Agricultural Sales in New England (2007, 2012)
  24. Milk and Lobster Accounted for 33% of the Market Value of Agricultural Products and Seafood in New England (2007, 2012)
  25. Lobsters Account for 27% of New England Seafood Pounds and 50% of Total Value (2007-2016)
  26. Nursery Sales, Mainly Bedding and Garden Plants, Accounted for 46% of Agricultural Sales in Connecticut (2007, 2012)
  27. Clams Are Probably Connecticut's Most Valuable Seafood Product But Data Was Missing For Most Years (2007-2016)
  28. Vegetables, Mainly Potatoes, Account for 27% of Agricultural Sales in Maine (2007, 2012)
  29. Lobsters Are Maine's Most Valuable Seafood Product (2007-2016)
  30. Historical Maine Lobster Landings by County (1964-2016)
  31. Comparing Lobster Landings With All Other Commercial Landings in Maine (1964-2016)
  32. Nursery Sales, Mainly Bedding and Garden Plants, Accounted for 29% of Agricultural Sales in Massachusetts (2007, 2012)
  33. The Diversity of Massachusetts' Seafood Landings Means That No Single Species Accounts for the Majority of Value (2007-2016)
  34. Milk From Cows Accounted for 29% of Agricultural Sales in New Hampshire (2007, 2012)
  35. Lobsters Are New Hampshire's Most Valuable Seafood Product (2007-2016)
  36. Nursery Sales, Mainly Bedding and Garden Plants, Accounted for 55% of Agricultural Sales in Rhode Island (2007, 2012)
  37. Squid Are Rhode Island's Most Valuable Seafood Product (2007-2016)
  38. Milk From Cows Accounted for 72% of Agricultural Sales in Vermont (2007, 2012)
  39. Agricultural Sales in New England Are Very Concentrated by County (2007, 2012)
  40. New London and Hartford Counties Accounted for 42% of Agricultural Sales in Connecticut in 2012
  41. Aroostook and Washington Counties Accounted for 48% of Agricultural Sales in Maine in 2012
  42. Plymouth and Middlesex Counties Accounted for 38% of Agricultural Sales in Massachusetts in 2012
  43. Merrimack and Grafton Counties Accounted for 39% of Agricultural Sales in New Hampshire in 2012
  44. Washington County Accounted for 40% of Agricultural Sales in Rhode Island in 2012
  45. Addison, Franklin, and Orleans Counties Accounted for 60% of Agricultural Sales in Vermont in 2012
  46. 30% of New England Farms Had Sales of Less Than $1,000 in 2012, Equal to 0.1% of Total Sales
  47. 3% of New England Farms Accounted for 69% of Agricultural Sales in 2012
  48. 32% of Connecticut Farms Accounted for 0.1% of Agricultural Sales in 2012; 3% of Farms Accounted for 79% of Agricultural Sales
  49. 28% of Maine Farms Accounted for 0.1% of Agricultural Sales in 2012; 3% of Farms Accounted for 74% of Agricultural Sales
  50. 35% of Massachusetts Farms Accounted for 0.1% of Agricultural Sales in 2012; 3% of Farms Accounted for 60% of Agricultural Sales
  51. 34% of New Hampshire Farms Accounted for 0.2% of Agricultural Sales in 2012; 1% of Farms Accounted for 56% of Agricultural Sales
  52. 27% of Rhode Island Farms Accounted for 0.1% of Agricultural Sales in 2012; 2% of Farms Accounted for 46% of Agricultural Sales
  53. 24% of Vermont Farms Accounted for Less Than 0.1% of Agricultural Sales in 2012; 4% of Farms Accounted for 67% of Agricultural Sales
  54. Gross Cash Farm Income Typology Shows That a Small Number of New England Farms Generated Most Agricultural Sales (2012)
  55. 18 Very Large Connecticut Farms Had Sales of $217 Million in 2012; 2,471 Off-Farm Occupation Farms Had Sales of $22 Million
  56. 98 Large-Scale Maine Farms Had Sales of $179 Million in 2012; 3,121 Off-Farm Occupation Farms Had Sales of $30 Million
  57. 74 Large-Scale Massachusetts Farms Had Sales of $128 Million in 2012; 2,985 Off-Farm Occupation Farms Had Sales of $32 Million
  58. 25 Large-Scale New Hampshire Farms Had Sales of $42 Million in 2012; 1,663 Off-Farm Occupation Farms Had Sales of $12 Million
  59. 7 Large-Scale Rhode Island Farms Had Sales of $15 Million in 2012; 476 Off-Farm Occupation Farms Had Sales of $6.5 Million
  60. 137 Large-Scale Vermont Farms Had Sales of $300 Million in 2012; 2,804 Off-Farm Occupation Farms Had Sales of $29 Million
  61. 64% of New England Farms Had Net Losses in 2012; 61% Had Net Losses in 2007
  62. Food System Employment Has Increased Across New England from 2002 to 2016
  63. Massachusetts Accounts For 46% of Food System Employment in New England (2002-2016)
  64. The Number of Food System Businesses Has Increased Across New England from 2002 to 2016
  65. Massachusetts Accounts for 36% of Food System Businesses in New England (2002-2016)
  66. Food System Employment in Connecticut Increased 19% From 2002 to 2016
  67. Food System Establishments in Connecticut Increased 28% From 2002 to 2016
  68. Food System Employment in Maine Increased 7% From 2002 to 2016
  69. Food System Establishments in Maine Increased 10% From 2002 to 2016
  70. Food System Employment in Massachusetts Increased 22% From 2002 to 2016
  71. Food System Establishments in Massachusetts Increased 14% From 2002 to 2016
  72. Food System Employment in New Hampshire Increased 17% From 2002 to 2016
  73. Food System Establishments in New Hampshire Increased 26% From 2002 to 2016
  74. Food System Employment in Rhode Island Increased 22% From 2002 to 2016
  75. Food System Establishments in Rhode Island Increased 11% From 2002 to 2016
  76. Food System Employment in Vermont Increased 13% From 2002 to 2016
  77. Food System Establishments in Vermont Increased 16% From 2002 to 2016
  78. New England has a Large Percent of Female Operators as a Percent of Total Farm Operators
  79. New England has a Large Percent of Female Principal Farm Operators as a Percent of Total Principal Farm Operators
  80. Wage Growth is Relatively Flat for Many Food Service and Drinking Places Occupations in Connecticut From 2009 to 2016
  81. Many Food Service and Drinking Places Occupations Hover Around Minimum Wage in Connecticut From 2009 to 2016
  82. Wage Growth is Relatively Flat for Several Food Processing and Manufacturing Occupations in Connecticut From 2009 to 2016
  83. Wages for Several Food Processing and Manufacturing Occupations Exceed Minimum Wage in Connecticut From 2009 to 2016
  84. Wage Growth is Relatively Flat for Many Food Service and Drinking Places Occupations in Massachusetts From 2009 to 2016
  85. Many Food Service and Drinking Places Occupations Hover Around Minimum Wage in Massachusetts From 2009 to 2016
  86. Wage Growth is Relatively Flat for Several Food Processing and Manufacturing Occupations in Massachusetts From 2009 to 2016
  87. Wages for Several Food Processing and Manufacturing Occupations Exceed Minimum Wage in Massachusetts From 2009 to 2016
  88. Wages are Relatively Flat for Food Service and Drinking Places Occupations in Maine From 2009 to 2016
  89. Many Food Service and Drinking Places Occupations Hover Around Minimum Wage in Maine From 2009 to 2016
  90. Wages are Relatively Flat for Several Food Processing and Manufacturing Occupations in Maine From 2009 to 2016
  91. Wages for Several Food Processing and Manufacturing Occupations Exceed Minimum Wage in Maine From 2009 to 2016
  92. Wage Growth is Relatively Flat for Many Food Service and Drinking Places Occupations in New Hampshire From 2009 to 2016
  93. Many Food Service and Drinking Places Occupations Exceed New Hampshire's Low Minimum Wage From 2009 to 2016
  94. Wage Growth is Relatively Flat for Several Food Processing and Manufacturing Occupations in New Hampshire From 2009 to 2016
  95. Many Food Processing and Manufacturing Occupations Exceed New Hampshire's Low Minimum Wage From 2009 to 2016
  96. Wage Growth is Relatively Flat for Many Food Service and Drinking Places Occupations in Rhode Island From 2009 to 2016
  97. Many Food Service and Drinking Places Occupations Hover Around Minimum Wage in Rhode Island From 2009 to 2016
  98. Wage Growth is Relatively Flat for Several Food Processing and Manufacturing Occupations in Rhode Island From 2009 to 2016
  99. Wages for Several Food Processing and Manufacturing Occupations Exceed Minimum Wage in Rhode Island From 2009 to 2016
  100. The Structure of New England's Food System: Retail Food Sales
  101. Total Retail Food Sales in New England Equaled $71 Billion in 2012
  102. Massachusetts Accounted for 48% of New England Retail Food Sales in 2012
  103. Supermarkets Accounted for 52% of Retail Food Sales in Connecticut in 2012
  104. Supermarkets Accounted for 57% of Retail Food Sales in Maine in 2012
  105. Supermarkets Accounted for 44.5% of Retail Food Sales in Massachusetts in 2012
  106. Supermarkets Accounted for 54% of Retail Food Sales in New Hampshire in 2012
  107. Supermarkets Accounted for 42% of Retail Food Sales in Rhode Island in 2012
  108. Supermarkets Accounted for 59.5% of Retail Food Sales in Vermont in 2012
  109. Food Insecurity in United States Has Decreased From Height of Great Recession (1999-2016)
  110. Food Insecurity in New England Has Decreased From Height of Great Recession (1999-2016)
  111. The New England States, Except Maine, Rank Low for Food Insecurity Compared to the Rest of the Country
  112. The New England States, Except Maine, Rank Low for "Low Food Insecurity" Compared to the Rest of the Country
  113. Maine and Connecticut Rank High for Very Low Food Security Compared to the Rest of the Country
  114. Connecticut Ranked 29th Nationally for Food Insecurity, With An Average of Over 176,000 (12.3%) Food Insecure Households from 2014-2016
  115. Maine Ranked 7th Nationally for Food Insecurity, With An Average of Over 94,000 (16.4%) Food Insecure Households from 2014-2016
  116. Massachusetts Ranked 42nd Nationally for Food Insecurity, With An Average of Over 286,000 (10.3%) Food Insecure Households from 2014-2016
  117. New Hampshire Ranked 48th Nationally for Food Insecurity, With An Average of Over 51,000 (9.6%) Food Insecure Households from 2014-2016
  118. Rhode Island Ranked 24th Nationally for Food Insecurity, With An Average of Over 56,000 (12.8%) Food Insecure Households from 2014-2016
  119. Vermont Ranked 44th Nationally for Food Insecurity, With An Average of Over 26,000 (10.1%) Food Insecure Households from 2014-2016
  120. The Structure of New England's Food System: Health
  121. The Percent of Overweight and Obese Adults in New England and the U.S. Increased from 1995 to 2010
  122. The Percent of Overweight and Obese Adults in New England and the U.S. Increased from 2011 to 2016

Performance Measurement: To increase coordination and communication among food system organizations.