Welcome to the communication forum for the Farm to Plate Network – the place where members can share information, send messages, keep up-to-date on Network activities, and stay connected.

The Farm to Plate Network is made up of farm and food system businesses, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, funders, educational institutions and community groups all working together to reach the 25 goals in the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan, as well as to advance their own organizations’ goals. Members convene as Working Groups, Cross-cutting Teams, and Task Forces to work on high impact projects that no one organization can do on their own, as well as assess gaps, opportunities, and trends and monitor progress towards F2P goals.

Working Group Working Groups

Title Description Task Forces
Aggregation and Distribution The Aggregation and Distribution Working Group focuses on aggregation, processing, storage and distribution strategies that expand linkages between locally produced and processed food and the full range of market outlets (e.g., schools, hospitals, grocery stores, etc.). Farm to Institution
Supply and Demand
Consumer Education and Marketing The Consumer Education and Marketing Working Group focuses on strategies which improve the display and marketing of local and regional food, greater consumer awareness about the importance of these, and which expand culinary and agricultural tourism opportunities. Efforts are also aimed at increasing the consumption of local, healthy foods at all income levels. Food Retailers
Eat Local Campaign
Education and Workforce Development The Education and Workforce Development Working Group focuses on strategies which will improve and enhance K-12 education (including core STEM curriculum and career and technical education), higher education, adult and continuing education, and internship/apprenticeship programs that lead to careers in the food system. It also works on strategies which address food system workforce needs and labor issues. Governor's Institute
Integrated Curriculum & Flexible Pathways
Career Pathways & Image
Business-Education Partnerships
Farmland Access and Stewardship The Farmland Access and Stewardship Working Group focuses on strategies that expand farmland conservation, increase farmers’ access to affordable farmland, and promote best practices around agricultural land use and soil and water quality. Agricultural Land Use Planning
Food Cycle Coalition
Farmland Access
Production and Processing The F2P Production & Processing Working Group is open to all members of the Farm to Plate Network. It is focused on developing and improving the resources available to Vermont's food producers and processors to support improvements in their production, their business management skills, and their quality of life. Members are expected to largely be made up of representatives of key organizational stakeholders that provide business services, technical assistance, financing or other assistance to producers and processors; production and processing business owners; and representatives from producer and processor associations. Meat Processing
Producer and Processor Association Support
Technical Assistance Coordination
Dairy Professional Development
Tech Task Force

Cross-Cutting TeamCross-Cutting Teams

Title Description
Energy The Energy Crosscutting Team explores and promotes strategies related to the expansion of on-farm energy production (e.g., bioenergy, solar, wind) as well as the deployment of energy efficiency improvements for farms and food system businesses.
Financing The Financing Crosscutting Team is made up of a diverse array of capital providers who are assessing financing gaps, identifying new funding opportunities, and promoting creative funding arrangements which will advance the development of Vermont’s food system enterprises.
Food Access The Food Access Crosscutting Team connects organizations working on food security, food access, and nutrition issues, assesses how well food access issues are being integrated into Farm to Plate Network Working Groups, and works to ensure that local food is accessible to low income Vermonters in every corner of the state.
Labor The Labor Cross-cutting Team is exploring issues such as compensation and benefits, overall working conditions, and other human resource issues in the agriculture and food system sector.
Research The Research Crosscutting Team tracks current food system related research projects across the state, identifies Farm to Plate research needs, and identifies collaborative research opportunities across institutions and organizations.
Soil and Water The Soil and Water Crosscutting Team tracks and promotes agricultural strategies aimed at improving soil and water quality.

Steering Committee Steering Committee

Title Description
Steering Committee The Steering Committee provides overall network governance and functions at the 30,000 foot level. It is responsible for identifying gaps in strategies, developing processes for learning, organizing the annual F2P Network Gathering, and shaping the evolution of the Network infrastructure over time. It is comprised of 10 members: the five working group chairs, the co-chair of the Food Access cross cutting team, the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Commerce, a representative of the Vermont Agriculture & Forest Products Development Board, and a representative of the Vermont Food Funders Network. The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund serves as the Network Coordinator -- or Backbone Organization -- for the whole Farm to Plate Initiative.