A 2018 Exploration of the Future of Vermont Agriculture: Ideas to Seed a Conversation and a Call to Action
"A 2018 Exploration of the Future of Vermont Agriculture”, is an attempt to capture an assessment that emerged from several conversations amongst a small group of organizations grappling with how to respond to ongoing negative trends in Vermont agriculture. The hope for this paper is that it will serve as a launching point for any number of conversations across the state. In summary, the analysis of the paper is that a variety of factors are combining that threaten Vermont’s economy, community, and culture. We see existing activities (e.g., land conservation easements and technical assistance) as highly valuable, but not sufficient to fully address anticipated trends. Therefore, we believe new approaches must be identified, evaluated, and implemented, in addition to sufficiently investing in existing high-impact approaches. We invite feedback on how to undertake such a process, and how to fund, administer, and coordinate implementation across our networks.
Summary of research ideas emerging from the Farm to Plate Network as of fall 2018
A collection of resources from the Career Profiles project, including profiles of workers in Vermont's food system, resources for teachers, and background information.
DRAFT VERSION OCTOBER 2018 This guidebook explores the wide range of careers within our food system, and potential next steps for pursuing those careers. It is designed to complement the Food System Career Profiles and Pathways, as it provides additional information for students about careers they become interested in through the Profiles. Created by Elizabeth McCarty with support from the Career Profiles Task Force.
Downloadable PDF of Slow Money Vermont 2018 Entrepreneur Showcase application
A collection of resources pertaining to current water quality as well as ways for improvement.
This report summarized current assumptions and facts about the use and impact of tile drainage on Vermont farms and water quality. The report also provided an overview of the environmental and economic issues surrounding tile drains, and information gaps known at the time.
A collection of resources detailing how to plan for land management, and land and business succession strategies, to ensure a smooth transition from one owner to the next.
America’s farmers are aging. Not all farmers have family members willing to operate the family farm, leaving them searching for creative ways to transition off the farm, but ensure its continued success. One of these ways is through land use tools, specifically Accessory Dwelling Units. This paper examines the different tools and how they’ve been implemented across the country, and locally.