The Farm to Plate Network is responsible for collectively implementing the 25 Farm to Plate goals of Vermont’s food system plan as well as advancing their own organizational goals. The Network encompasses farms, food production businesses, specialty food producers, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, capital providers and government. Working Groups, Cross-cutting Teams, and Task Forces convene to work on high impact projects to relocalize the food system that no one organization can do alone, as well as assess gaps, opportunities, and trends and monitor progress towards reaching Vermont’s Farm to Plate goals.

The Network section of the website outlines the Network groups and acts as the communication forum for Network members to share information, send messages, keep up-to-date on Farm to Plate activities, and stay connected to each other. A login is required for Network members to access full information in this section of the website. 

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 consumer’s ability to find, purchase, and use local foods. Efforts to increase local and regional food marketing, enhance consumer education and awareness, and expand agritourism opportunities are central to the group, as well as to ensure these efforts reach Vermonters at all income levels. Agritourism
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. 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. 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
Dairy Professional Development
Tech Task Force

Cross-Cutting TeamCross-Cutting Teams

Title Description Task Forces
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 that will advance the development of Vermont’s food system enterprises. Slow Money Vermont
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. The team has been discussing how to integrate Food Justice and Racial Equity into the Vermont Farm to Plate Network. These topics are key components of the last two New England Food Summits attended by many Crosscutting team members.
Health The Health Crosscutting Team formed in the fall of 2015.
Labor The Labor Crosscutting 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.