Vermont Food System Atlas


Farm to Plate is Vermont’s food system plan being implemented statewide
to increase economic development and jobs in the farm and food sector
and improve access to healthy local food for all Vermonters.


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Central Elementary Embraces Farm to School

Central Elementary School in Bellows Falls is excited to be able to expand their Farm to School (FTS) programming by joining the Northeast Farm to School Institute this year!

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USDA to Invest up to $225 Million in Partner-Driven Conservation on Agricultural and Forest Land

USDA is accepting project proposals for two components of RCPP through 11:59 p.m. on April 13, 2022. An info webinar will be hosted Jan. 20th.

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Root Words- Vermont RELEAF Collective episode

Tina Picz, a forager, food photographer and food stylist in the Mad River Valley addresses equity and justice in food systems through conversations she facilitates on her social media channels.

These conversations center and uplift the voices of food sovereignty workers, and create space for BIPOC leaders in food systems, land use, and health.   

On this episode of Root Words we’ll explore the importance of affinity spaces for BIPOC Vermonters while experiencing their foodways. We’ll hear from Olivia Pena, founder of Vermont RELEAF Collective, a network by and for Black, Indigenous, & People of Color advancing Racial Equity in Land, Environment, Agriculture, & Foodways and we’ll reconnect with Tina Picz.  

RELEAF practices 3 main initiatives: Building Community, Sharing Opportunities, and Amplifying voices. 

This past November I got a chance to connect with Olivia Pena, Vermont RELEAF’s founder and community organizer, to learn about why she was inspired to launch the RELEAF Collective in Vermont.  

Our connections with the Land, our Environment, Agriculture, and our Foodways are deep in Vermont and deeply tied to quality of life for all Vermonters, though many of the decisions regarding our connections with these things happen in white spaces, and the stories that are shared of leaders in these fields have been pretty whitewashed for a long time. 

But, all that is shifting and networks of BIPOC farmers, environmentalists, and food sovereignty advocates, like the folks of Vermont RELEAF Collective, are amplifying the voices of folks that have a lot to contribute to the future of Vermont’s foodways and land use, while also creating space for folks that break the mould of who a farmer can be in Vermont. 

This episode was produced by Stephen Abatiell

Special thanks to Tina Picz, Olivia Pena, and Vermont RELEAF Collective. 

To learn more, check out Vermont RELEAF Collective at www.vtreleafcollective.org. You can find Tina Picz on Instagram at VermontFoodPhoto.

Root Words is produced in the heart of Rutland County Vermont and is made possible by generous support from listeners like you.  You can support Root Words by visiting us Online

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Meetings & Events

Vermont Compost Operator Certification Training

Live Webinars January 20th, 27th, and February 3rd

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26th Annual Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference

For three days, farmers will have an opportunity to focus on topics specific to raising pasture-based livestock in the Northeast. The 26th Annual Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference brings together experienced and new farmers, lenders and service providers, and non-farmers seeking to learn more about ways to align with and support well managed pastured livestock production.

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Farm Succession Planning webinar series

Planning for the future of your farm starts now! Land For Good is hosting a FREE four-part series for established farmers to make informed decisions around transferring the farm to a next-generation family member or unrelated successor.

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Job Listings

Market Gardener & Educator (Sagra)

About Sagra   In Italian, a Sagra is “a local festival and feast to bring in the harvest - a celebration of nature, of earth and its bounty.”   Sagra is a hospitality company whose mission is to connect people with sustainable farms and regenerative land management. Sagra invites guests to stay overnight on…

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Head Chef (Sagra)

About Sagra   In Italian, a Sagra is “a local festival and feast to bring in the harvest - a celebration of nature, of earth and its bounty.”   Sagra is a hospitality company whose mission is to connect people with sustainable farms and regenerative land management. Sagra invites guests to stay overnight on…

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Development and Communications Manager (Green Mountain Farm-to-School)

Green Mountain Farm to School Development and Communications Manager  Location: Newport, VT (Remote/Hybrid work model) Organization Description Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) is a nonprofit organization promoting the health and well-being of Vermont's children, farms and communities by providing programs to connect schools and farms through food and education. We do this by building school…

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