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GMFTS Receives New Grants from the Vermont Community Foundation to Increase Capacity, Address Food Insecurity in the NEK

Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS), has been awarded over $20,000 in grants from the Vermont Community Foundation (VCF), the VCF’s Northeast Kingdom Fund, and the VCF’s Green Mountain Fund to expand its food security work in the Northeast Kingdom.

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USDA Seeks Members for Advisory Committee on Urban Agriculture

Any interested person or organization may nominate qualified individuals for membership. Self-nominations are also welcome.
Nominations should include a cover letter, resume and a background form and must be submitted by mail or email by March 5, 2021.

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Vermont BIPOC Land Access and Opportunity Act to be Introduced in New Biennium

Community Leaders of Color Take Lead on Addressing Systemic Racism and BIPOC Land Access in Vermont

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Academy School Takes Its Learning Outdoors

Academy School teachers and students see success in taking education outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Conservation Efforts Continue Amid Challenging Year in Vermont

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) continued its conservation work across the country, and in Vermont, despite a tough 2020 marked with a pandemic. The agency helped farmers, ranchers and forest landowners implement conservation practices on their working lands, which help conserve natural resource such as soil, water and wildlife as well as boost producers’ bottom lines. Additionally, NRCS launched new online tools that increased the efficiency, effectiveness and delivery of crucial programs.

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Taste of Food Connects Builds Community

Food Connects successfully wrapped up their 2020 Taste of Food Connects initiative in late November—raising over $6,000 for the organization and promoting 75 different local businesses in the Brattleboro and Keene regions.

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Vermont Farm to Plate Network Helps Entrepreneurs Succeed with New Advisory Board Video Series

The Farm to Plate Network, managed by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF), just released a new video series to help raise awareness and use of advisory boards among Vermont entrepreneurs.

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Unilever, Starbucks, and Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) Join Vanguard Renewables' New Farm Powered Strategic Alliance

Unilever, Starbucks, and Dairy Farmers of America have joined Vanguard Renewables, committing to food waste reduction and repurposing, and decarbonization goals to benefit our environment, our community, our farms, and our future.

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Final Round of Funding! COVID-19 Response Micro-Grants for Farmers: Market Development & Sales Innovation From the Center for an Agricultural Economy

The Center for an Agricultural Economy (CAE) has been working to procure funding for a micro-grants program so that farmers can make adaptations to respond to the current crisis to strengthen our local food system. This is our final round of funding, and we are accepting applications on a rolling basis through December 15th.

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New Legal Resource Assists Farmers and Food Producers with Food Safety Compliance

Vermont Law School’s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) and University of Vermont Extension’s Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety (NECAFS) announced the launch of a free legal resource for farmers and food producers. Available at elsi.necafs.org, the new website features fact sheets answering pressing legal questions about food safety compliance.

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