Network Gathering

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November 18 & 19, 2021 | Virtual


The 2021 Farm to Plate Annual Gathering Registration is open! Join us for this important Network Gathering as we kick off implementation of the Vermont Agriculture and Food System Strategic Plan 2021-2030! 
The 2021 Farm to Plate Gathering will be hosted virtually on Thursday, November 18th from 9:30am-5:00pm and Friday, November 19th from 9:00am-1:00pm. This year we will explore inspiring efforts across the state that are bringing the 2021-2030 Strategic Plan to life, offer practical trainings and topic deep dives to help your organization, farm, or food business, unveil the next iteration of the Farm to Plate Network and how we can work collectively to implement strategic priorities over the next decade, and mix in a good dose of food trivia and fun. 


Scholarships for Farmers, Farm Workers, Small Food Business Owners and Employees, BIPOC, and Students Who Need Assistance with Registration:

We’re offering to cover the registration fee for farmers and farm workers, small food business owners and employees, BIPOC, and students who need assistance with registration costs. Please click here to apply for a scholarship to cover the registration fee. If you are applying for a scholarship, please do not register until you hear from our Farm to Plate staff.



More information on full agenda and speakers will be posted below – check back regularly for updates. Links to sessions will be sent to registrants prior to the Gathering via email.


Agenda outline (subject to changes):

Gathering Agenda Day One (11/18)

9:30-9:50am: Opening Remarks

9:50-10:00am: Break

10:00-11:25am: Plenary Panel

11:25-12:00pm: Table Talk

12:00-1:00pm: Lunch

1:00-1:15pm: Break

1:15-2:45pm: Breakout Sessions:

  1. Understanding Your Audience: Translating Consumer Insights into Action for Your Organization or Business
  2. Land Access Collaborations
  3. Revisioning Vermont Farm Show and Agricultural Fairs
  4. Creating a Food Security Plan

2:45-3:00pm: Break

3:00-4:35pm: Breakout Sessions:

  1. How Farms and Food Systems Can Benefit from the Vermont Way Foods Brand
  2. Strengthening Systems and Partnerships for Mental Health and Well-Being on Farms
  3. Vermont’s Climate Action Plan: What it is, and What Does it Mean for the Food System
  4. Introducing Regeneration Corps

Gathering Agenda Day Two (11/19)

9:00-9:15am: Welcome back, opening remarks, harvest reflections from day 1

9:15-9:30am: Transition to Breakout Sessions

9:30-11:00am: Breakout Sessions:

  1. A Statewide Marketing Plan for Agritourism
  2. Stakeholder Engagement, Organizing, and Coalition Building for Policy
  3. Creative Approaches to Accessing Capital for Farm and Food Businesses
  4. Farm to Institution: Transformative Efforts
  5. The New Vision for Vermont Technical College's Agricultural Programs

11:00-11:15am: Break

11:15-12:15pm: Dairy Plenary

12:15-12:30pm: Break

12:30-1:00pm: Closing Remarks and reflections




To see a recap of last year's gathering, click here.


Thank You to Our Sponsors

Thank you to our many Farm to Plate Sponsors for making Farmer Scholarships a possibility for this event.

Dairy Level Sponsors:

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

Front Porch Forum

Dairy Farmers of America

Maple Level Sponsors:


Apple Level Sponsors:

Butternut Mountain Farm
Cabot Creamery Cooperative
Cellars at Jasper Hill
Chelsea Green Publishing
City Market
Clean Yield Asset Management
Efficiency Vermont
Farmers To You
Grow Compost of Vermont
Lamoille Economic Development Corporation
NOFA-VT/Vermont Organic Farmers
Organic Valley
Shelburne Farms
Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation Loan Program
Vermont Land Trust
Yankee Farm Credit
Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School

Blueberry Level Sponsors:

Hunger Mountain Coop
Intervale Center
Pete's Greens
Snug Valley Farm
Vermont Housing and Conservation Board Farm & Forest Viability Program

Seedling Level Sponsors

Bournes Energy

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of Vermont Farm to Plate, please visit or contact for more information.