MIDDLEBURY, VT – The Addison County Relocalization Network (ACORN) will host
its Annual Meeting online on Wednesday, November 10 from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM.
The pandemic’s continued butterfly effect on supply chain disruptions, labor
shortages and challenges to food access have reinforced the importance of a strong
local food system, which is the heart of ACORN’s work. Various community
initiatives and new relationships have emerged from the COVID chaos, including the
development of ACORN’s online wholesale market, and a network of community
organizations rallying for a physical food hub.
ACORN’s Annual Meeting will feature a panel with four women who work in diverse
parts of the Champlain Valley food and farming community to discuss some of local
food’s challenges and opportunities, including access, education, farming, labor and
procurement. The panel includes:
● Anna Freund, Local Foods Coordinator at HOPE
● Samantha Langevin, Head Chef at American Flatbread - Middlebury Hearth
● Laura La Vacca, Food Services Director for Addison Central School District
● Pauline Stevens - Second Generation Farmer, Golden Russet Farm in
Lindsey Berk, ACORN's Executive Director, will moderate the panel. Lindsey will
also recap ACORN’s 2021 food advocacy work including the development of the
online wholesale market, and exciting new opportunities for the local foodshed.
All community stakeholders who are passionate about the Champlain Valley’s local
food culture and economy are invited to attend. The event is free; donations are
appreciated. Registration is required: www.acornvt.org
ACORN (Addison County Relocalization Network) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit
community organization based in Middlebury, VT whose mission is to promote the
growth and health of local food and agriculture in Vermont’s Champlain Valley by
providing support to our farmers and food producers, engaging in food education
and ensuring access to healthy food for all members of our community. For more
information, go to http://acornvt.org/.