Farm to Plate Strategic Plan

By many accounts, Vermont has developed the most comprehensive statewide food system plan in the country and the first of its kind in New England.

In 2009, Farm to Plate Investment Program legislation was signed into law and tasked the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) with the creation of a ten year Farm to Plate Strategic Plan to: 

  • increase economic development in Vermont’s farm and food sector;
  • create jobs in the farm and food economy;
  • improve access to healthy local food for all Vermonters.

Chapter 1 of the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan provides an overview of the development process VSJF used to work with over 1,200 farmers, producers, technical assistance providers, and farm and food sector industry leaders to create Vermont's food sytem plan. Chapter 2: Getting to 2020 highlights 25 goals and dozens of strategies to strengthen and grow Vermont’s food system, as well as the progress to reach those goals. The Plan explores the major issues impacting Vermont’s food system through analysis of high impact leverage areas in Chapter 3 and broader cross-cutting issues in Chapter 4.

 

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Chapter 3 Overview

The components of Vermont’s food system are explored in depth over the course of seven sections in Chapter 3. Each section focuses on current conditions, analyzes gaps and barriers to strengthening Vermont’s food system, identifies emerging opportunities, and provides a series of objectives and strategies aimed at reaching the 25 goals presented in Chapter 2.