Chapter 2: Goals & Data

Goal 24: Vermont’s governor, legislature, and state agencies will champion Vermont’s food system as an economic development driver for the state and Vermont will demonstrate national leadership on food system development.

As Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says in the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan Executive Summary, food system development is economic development. The foundation of this local food movement is built on personal relationships among producers and consumers and our collective desire to eat food that is healthy, fresh, tastes good, and supports those who produce it. In many respects, the Vermont food system has been a successful alternative to the industrial food system, even as it has been buffeted by national and international trends.

How is Vermont demonstrating leadership in promoting sustainable agriculture practices and local food? Data from the 2012 Census of Agriculture indicates that Vermont ranks 6th for number of farms engaged in direct sales as a percentage of all farms and 6th for direct sales as a percentage of total sales. The other New England states also rank high for direct sales. Vermont is the largest producer of pure maple syrup in the United States, equal to 40.1% of total production in 2013. Vermont is also ranked 1st in the country for the number of organic farms as a percentage of total farms (7.8%).

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Performance Measurement: To advance state policy and financial support to implement strategies identified in the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan.

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CategoriesData Source
Direct Sales as a Percent of Total Sales (2012) USDA Census of Agriculture