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Windham and Windsor Area Schools Provide Free Lunch to All Children

School nutrition programs in Windham and Windsor counties responded quickly to the state-mandated closure of all schools. Districts in both counties have created an alternate delivery model for school meals, utilizing a combination of school- and community-based distribution sites and bus delivery routes.

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Growing Local Food Markets with Food Connects

Food Connects is launching its “Growing Local Food Markets in the Monadnock Region” crowdfunding campaign, through The Local Crowd Monadnock, this March. The goal of this online campaign is to raise $10,000 to go towards building Food Connects’ infrastructure and capacity to sell to larger, wholesale customers.

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Sterling College’s School of the New American Farmstead Launches Four Professional Certificate Programs

Wine, Cheese, Sustainable Food, and Farm & Garden Management All On The Menu for Professionals and Individuals; Credits for Dietitians Offered

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VT Community Loan Fund Lends $660,476 in Q4 2019 to VT Food, Farms & Forestry Entrepreneurs and More

The Vermont Community Loan Fund (VCLF) loaned $660,476 to Vermont’s small businesses including food, farm and forestry-related businesses, early care & learning programs, affordable housing developers and community facilities in the fourth quarter of 2019, promoting job creation, expanding access to quality care, affordable homes and provision of vital community services throughout Vermont.

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Open Farm Week 2020: Farm Registration is Open!

Celebrate the 6th anniversary of Vermont Open Farm Week by registering your farm to take part. Help people get to know the places where their food comes from and the farmers who make it happen. This year, Open Farm Week will take place August 10 - 16, 2020 - save the date!

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Windham Grows Business Accelerator Accepting Applications for Next Cohort

BRATTLEBORO, VT — Windham Grows, a food and agriculture business accelerator that connects entrepreneurs with mentoring, industry connections and support, is accepting applications for its spring/summer 2020 program

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Public Event Series Focuses on Climate Resilience and Soil Health

What is good for the soil is good for our communities. That’s the theory behind a six-event discussion series, Climate and Community Resilience: Lessons from the Soil. The events will be held on six dates from late March through mid-May. Details are available at vitalcommunities.org/soil.

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USDA Encourages Farmers in Vermont to Apply for Conservation Stewardship Program by May 29

Applications due by May 29, 2020. The 2018 Farm Bill made several changes to this critical conservation program, which helps agricultural producers take the conservation activities on their farm to the next level.

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Salvation Farms' Founder to Serve on National Association of Gleaning Organizations Board

Keith Cutshall, Gleaning Director at CROS Ministries of Lake Worth, Florida served on the Association’s board selection committee and had this to share, “one of the things that stands out in my memory of the 2019 Seattle Gleaning Symposium was the presentation that Theresa gave. Her insight into the role food recovery could play in our communities and the depth of her understanding of leading an organization to do that were impressive. I was very excited when she expressed a willingness to serve on the founding board of the Association. I am confident that her leadership will enable the board to become what we envision it to be and more.”

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VHCB Water Quality Grants Available for Vermont Farms: Currently accepting applications for up to $40,000

The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, a program of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, has grant funds available for on-farm capital improvement projects that have a positive impact on water quality. Eligible farmers can apply for a Water Quality Grant, which provides $5,000 to $40,000 in funding. Applications due March 20, 2020.

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