Chapter 2: Goals & Data
Goal 25: Food system market development needs will be strategically coordinated.
Even in a small place like Vermont there are hundreds of programs, activities, and organizations working to strengthen Vermont's food system. Improving communication, coordination, and collaboration among food system stakeholders must be enhanced to amplify our collective impact. The Farm to Plate Network and the Vermont Food System Atlas were created to strategically coordinate food system market development needs.
What does the data show? During the summer of 2012, a team of researchers from the University of Vermont crafted a research project designed to document the networked capacity of the burgeoning Farm to Plate Network. During the fall of 2012, an extensive survey was sent to all participating organizations in the network. Researchers found that a robust Farm to Plate network exists and mostly builds on existing ties. Of new ties forged, the largest gains came from the funder and for profit sectors, but all sectors reported that their participation in Farm to Plate has added value to their work. The strong network ties focus on information sharing, followed by project collaboration and resource sharing. Read the full report here.