Network Gathering

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November 7-8, 2019, Killington Grand Resort 

The Farm to Plate Annual Gathering is the one time each year when the entire Farm to Plate Network comes together to reflect on what has been accomplished and plan for the challenges that lie ahead implementing Vermont’s food system plan. The theme for this year's Gathering will be At The Crossroads: Our Food and Farm Culture and Economy. We are at an inflection point in Vermont agriculture.  The Network will work together to identify how we can keep something so significant to our present and past, and discuss how to move our culture of food and agriculture forward.


Registration costs for this year’s Gathering range from $65 to $230 depending on the number of days you are attending, the meal options you select, and whether or not you take advantage of the Early Bird Registration. All meal prices are inclusive of tips, taxes, and fees.

Please note that registration fees do not include overnight accommodations and participants will need to reserve accommodations separately.  Call The Killington Grand Resort at 800-282-9955 to book your room, and refer to the VT Sustainable Jobs Fund/Farm to Plate Gathering 2019.  Book by September 25th to ensure availability of blocked rooms.

Do you need a scholarship to help with registration fees?  Priority for scholarships will be given to farmers/producers, and then allocated to organizations/individuals based on remaining available funds and applicant need.  You can apply for a scholarship here. Please carefully read the instructions and timeline information on the scholarship form.

Register Here!

Thursday, November 7th:
8:00-9:15am         Registration & Networking
9:15am                  Opening Remarks
9:50am                  Culture and Agri-CULTURE Plenary: Vermont Folklife Presentation - The Cultural History and Cultural Influence of Agriculture in Vermont
  • A presentation by the Vermont Folklife Center examining the lived experiences of farmers and agriculture’s influence on Vermont’s overall cultural identity. 
10:20am                Plenary Panel: Farmer Perspectives on Vermont's Culture Past & Future
12:30pm                Lunch
2:00-3:30pm         Breakout Sessions:
  • What do we really mean by Ecosystem Services?  Policy options and directions for Vermont
  • Rebalancing the Vermont Agricultural Portfolio: Growth and Replacement
  • On-Farm Composting: Hire Farmers to Close the Nutrient Loop!
  • Demystifying State Grants: Your Guide to Funding for Farmers and Producers
  • It's never too early: sowing seeds for a sustainable future via succession planning & expanded access to affordable land
  • Narrative & Framing Tools for More Successful Food System Communications
3:45pm                  Envisioning Our Agricultural Future Together
5:30-7:30pm         Cash Bar
6:30-8:00pm         Dinner
Friday, November 8th:
7:30am                   Breakfast
8:30am                   Opening Remarks
9:15-10:45am        Breakout Sessions: 
  • The Power of the Dairy Economy: Why Dairy is still important to the State of Vermont (Part 1)
  • Alternative meat purchasing and processing options
  • Soil Series: Regenerative Agriculture in the Climate Justice Movement (Part 1)
  • Taking Root: Lessons Learned and Next Steps for the Taking Root Student Symposium
  • Stepping into Vermont's Role as a Global Leader in Agritourism
  • Making Systems Change Local: applying lessons from the Food Access Planning Guide
11:00am-12:30pm   Breakout Sessions: 
  • The Power of the Dairy Economy: Why Dairy is still important to the State of Vermont (Part 2)
  • The Current State of the Wholesale Market
  • Soil Series: Regenerative Agriculture in the Climate Justice Movement (Part 2)
  • Learning Together: Peer-to-Peer Opportunities for Farmers and Food Businesses in Vermont
  • Creating Inclusive Prosperity for the Vermont Food and Farm Culture and Economy Through Terroir
  • From Hunger Relief to Food Sovereignty: Approaches to Improving Food Access in Vermont
12:30pm                 Lunch & Closing Remarks