South Hero Land Trust is working within Vermont's Food System at a very local level. In addition to conserving productive agricultural lands in the town of South Hero, South Hero Land Trust has developed a farm viability program that reaches further into the Islands community. The program sponsors educational activities at local and agricultural events, supports an agricultural and natural resource based curriculum in the South Hero school system, and connects consumers to local farms and agricultural businesses by publishing and distributing the Champlain Island Grown Guide to Agriculture. We have engaged in researching other means of promoting farm viability in the South Hero community, including the use of renewable energy resources on local farms and are currently looking at value-added dairy potential in the Champlain Islands. We have worked on a project to network our farmers, food processors, and food outlets through the newly formed Lake Champlain Islands Agriculture Network.
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- Agriculture and culinary tourism
- Local food directories
- Land access / conservation
Business Planning and Technical Assistance
- Human resources
- Goal 1: Consumption of Vermont-produced food by Vermonters and regional consumers will measurably increase.
- Goal 2: Consumers in institutional settings (e.g., K-12 schools, colleges, state agency cafeterias, hospitals, prisons) will consume more locally produced food.
- Goal 3: Vermonters will exhibit fewer food-related health problems (e.g., obesity and diabetes).
- Goal 4: Options for farmers to reduce their production expenses will be widely disseminated and utilized.
- Goal 5: Agricultural lands and soils will be available, affordable, and conserved for future generations of farmers and to meet the needs of Vermont’s food system.
- Goal 6: Farms and other food system operations will improve their overall environmental stewardship to deliver a net environmental benefit to the state.
- Goal 7: Local food production—and sales of local food—for all types of markets will increase.
- Goal 8: Vermont’s dairy industry is viable and diversified.
- Goal 9: The majority of farms will be profitable.
- Goal 10: All Vermonters will have a greater understanding of how to obtain, grow, store, and prepare nutritional food.
- Goal 11: Vermont’s food processing and manufacturing capacity will expand to meet the needs of a growing food system.
- Goal 13: Local food will be available at all Vermont market outlets and increasingly available at regional, national, and international market outlets.
- Goal 14: Safe edible food typically thrown away will be rescued to feed people, and organics from farms (e.g., manure) and consumer food scraps will be diverted from landfills and waterways to produce animal feed, compost, and feedstock for anaerobic digesters.
- Goal 17: The number of locally owned and operated food system businesses in Vermont is increasing.
- Goal 18: Vermont’s food system establishments will provide safe & welcoming working conditions, livable wages, & have access to a skilled, reliable workforce.
- Goal 19: Business planning and technical assistance services will be highly coordinated, strategic, and accessible to Vermont’s food system businesses.
- Goal 22: Food system enterprises will minimize their use of fossil fuels and maximize their renewable energy, energy efficiency, and conservation opportunities.
- Goal 25: Food system market development needs will be strategically coordinated.