Chapter 2: Getting to 2020: Goals and Indicators Add to Collection

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

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. Average Number of New Ties in F2P Network in 2011 by Organization Type
  2. Farm to Plate Information Sharing Network (2011)
  3. Farm to Plate Project/Program Collaboration Network (2011)
  4. Farm to Plate Network Organizations Working to Accomplish Goal 1 (2011)
  5. The Structure of New England's Food System: Land in Agriculture
  6. Land in Agriculture in New England Decreased from 1982 to 2012
  7. 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)
  8. "Woodland" is the Largest Category of Land in Agriculture in New England (2007, 2012)
  9. Land in Agriculture is Very Concentrated in Specific Counties in New England (2007, 2012)
  10. Cropland, Mainly Nurseries, is the Largest Category of Land in Agriculture in Connecticut (2007, 2012)
  11. Woodland is the Largest Category of Land in Agriculture in Maine (2007, 2012)
  12. Woodland is the Largest Category of Land in Agriculture in Massachusetts (2007, 2012)
  13. Woodland is the Largest Category of Land in Agriculture in New Hampshire (2007, 2012)
  14. Woodland Was the Largest Category of Land in Agriculture in Rhode Island in 2007, Data Was Missing in 2012
  15. Woodland is the Largest Category of Land in Agriculture in Vermont (2007, 2012)
  16. California Accounted for 19% of Certified Organic Acres Operated in the United States (2016)
  17. California Accounted for 38% of Certified Organic Agricultural Product Sales in the United States, Including 50% of Organic Crop Sales (2016)
  18. Vermont Has the Largest Number of Certified Organic Farms (40%) and Acreage (65%) in New England (2016)
  19. Vermont Accounted for 54% of Certified Organic Product Sales in New England (2016)
  20. Organic Milk Sales ($63.7 Million) Top All Organic Commodities in New England and Vermont (96%) Has the Majority of Organic Milk Sales (2016)
  21. The Structure of New England's Food System: Market Value of Agricultural Production
  22. The Number of New England Farms is the Highest it Has Been Since 1964
  23. Market Value and Composition of New England's Agricultural Production Reveals Dependency on VT Milk, CT Nurseries, and ME Potatoes (2007, 2012)
  24. Nursery Sales, Mainly Bedding and Garden Plants, Accounted for 46% of Agricultural Sales in Connecticut (2007, 2012)
  25. Vegetables, Mainly Potatoes, Account for 27% of Agricultural Sales in Maine (2007, 2012)
  26. Nursery Sales, Mainly Bedding and Garden Plants, Accounted for 29% of Agricultural Sales in Massachusetts (2007, 2012)
  27. Milk From Cows Accounted for 29% of Agricultural Sales in New Hampshire (2007, 2012)
  28. Nursery Sales, Mainly Bedding and Garden Plants, Accounted for 55% of Agricultural Sales in Rhode Island (2007, 2012)
  29. Milk From Cows Accounted for 72% of Agricultural Sales in Vermont (2007, 2012)
  30. Vermont and Maine Have the Highest Agricultural Sales in New England (2007, 2012)
  31. Agricultural Sales in New England Are Very Concentrated by County (2007, 2012)
  32. New London and Hartford Counties Accounted for 42% of Agricultural Sales in Connecticut in 2012
  33. Aroostook and Washington Counties Accounted for 48% of Agricultural Sales in Maine in 2012
  34. Plymouth and Middlesex Counties Accounted for 38% of Agricultural Sales in Massachusetts in 2012
  35. Merrimack and Grafton Counties Accounted for 39% of Agricultural Sales in New Hampshire in 2012
  36. Washington County Accounted for 40% of Agricultural Sales in Rhode Island in 2012
  37. Addison, Franklin, and Orleans Counties Accounted for 44% of Agricultural Sales in Vermont in 2012
  38. 30% of New England Farms Had Sales of Less Than $1,000 in 2012, Equal to 0.1% of Total Sales
  39. 3% of New England Farms Accounted for 69% of Agricultural Sales in 2012
  40. 32% of Connecticut Farms Accounted for 0.1% of Agricultural Sales in 2012; 3% of Farms Accounted for 79% of Agricultural Sales
  41. 28% of Maine Farms Accounted for 0.1% of Agricultural Sales in 2012; 3% of Farms Accounted for 74% of Agricultural Sales
  42. 35% of Massachusetts Farms Accounted for 0.1% of Agricultural Sales in 2012; 3% of Farms Accounted for 60% of Agricultural Sales
  43. 34% of New Hampshire Farms Accounted for 0.2% of Agricultural Sales in 2012; 1% of Farms Accounted for 56% of Agricultural Sales
  44. 27% of Rhode Island Farms Accounted for 0.1% of Agricultural Sales in 2012; 2% of Farms Accounted for 46% of Agricultural Sales
  45. 24% of Vermont Farms Accounted for Less Than 0.1% of Agricultural Sales in 2012; 4% of Farms Accounted for 67% of Agricultural Sales
  46. Gross Cash Farm Income Typology Shows That a Small Number of New England Farms Generated Most Agricultural Sales (2012)
  47. 18 Very Large Connecticut Farms Had Sales of $217 Million in 2012; 2,471 Off-Farm Occupation Farms Had Sales of $22 Million
  48. 98 Large-Scale Maine Farms Had Sales of $179 Million in 2012; 3,121 Off-Farm Occupation Farms Had Sales of $30 Million
  49. 74 Large-Scale Massachusetts Farms Had Sales of $128 Million in 2012; 2,985 Off-Farm Occupation Farms Had Sales of $32 Million
  50. 25 Large-Scale New Hampshire Farms Had Sales of $42 Million in 2012; 1,663 Off-Farm Occupation Farms Had Sales of $12 Million
  51. 7 Large-Scale Rhode Island Farms Had Sales of $15 Million in 2012; 476 Off-Farm Occupation Farms Had Sales of $6.5 Million
  52. 137 Large-Scale Vermont Farms Had Sales of $300 Million in 2012; 2,804 Off-Farm Occupation Farms Had Sales of $29 Million
  53. 64% of New England Farms Had Net Losses in 2012; 61% Had Net Losses in 2007
  54. Food System Employment Has Increased Across New England from 2002 to 2016
  55. Massachusetts Accounts For 46% of Food System Employment in New England (2002-2016)
  56. The Number of Food System Businesses Has Increased Across New England from 2002 to 2016
  57. Massachusetts Accounts for 36% of Food System Businesses in New England (2002-2016)
  58. Food System Employment in Connecticut Increased 19% From 2002 to 2016
  59. Food System Establishments in Connecticut Increased 28% From 2002 to 2016
  60. Food System Employment in Maine Increased 7% From 2002 to 2016
  61. Food System Establishments in Maine Increased 10% From 2002 to 2016
  62. Food System Employment in Massachusetts Increased 22% From 2002 to 2016
  63. Food System Establishments in Massachusetts Increased 14% From 2002 to 2016
  64. Food System Employment in New Hampshire Increased 17% From 2002 to 2016
  65. Food System Establishments in New Hampshire Increased 26% From 2002 to 2016
  66. Food System Employment in Rhode Island Increased 22% From 2002 to 2016
  67. Food System Establishments in Rhode Island Increased 11% From 2002 to 2016
  68. Food System Employment in Vermont Increased 13% From 2002 to 2016
  69. Food System Establishments in Vermont Increased 16% From 2002 to 2016
  70. The Structure of New England's Food System: Retail Food Sales
  71. Total Retail Food Sales in New England Equaled $71 Billion in 2012
  72. Massachusetts Accounted for 48% of New England Retail Food Sales in 2012
  73. Supermarkets Accounted for 52% of Retail Food Sales in Connecticut in 2012
  74. Supermarkets Accounted for 57% of Retail Food Sales in Maine in 2012
  75. Supermarkets Accounted for 44.5% of Retail Food Sales in Massachusetts in 2012
  76. Supermarkets Accounted for 54% of Retail Food Sales in New Hampshire in 2012
  77. Supermarkets Accounted for 42% of Retail Food Sales in Rhode Island in 2012
  78. Supermarkets Accounted for 59.5% of Retail Food Sales in Vermont in 2012
  79. The Structure of New England's Food System: Health
  80. The Percent of Overweight and Obese Adults in New England and the U.S. Increased from 1995 to 2010
  81. 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.