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Updates from Across Vermont

Since a successful pilot in Washington County in 2016, the Farm to Plate Network has been developing regional “WEB” Partnerships that bring together workforce support organizations (W), educators (E), and food system businesses (B) to share resources, build relationships, and address common challenges.

  • The Lamoille WEB Partnership, led by Green Mountain Technology and Career Center and the Lamoille Economic Development Corporation, kicked off 2018 with an event for local teachers featuring a panel on the local food economy and a tour of the Food Venture Center in Hardwick. Upcoming events include a “community listening session” for food system businesses to express their needs to the area’s education and workforce development organizations, to be held April 24, and a workshop for educators on food system curriculum development, to be held in May. For more information, contact John Mandeville (john@lamoilleeconomy.org) or Christine Dudley (cdudley@gmtcc.net)

 

  • A new WEB Partnership has begun in Bennington County, led by Northshire Grows. With many conversations already underway, the first convening between all three sets of stakeholders will be held on April 27 at Southern Vermont College. For more information, contact Liz Ruffa (liz@northshiregrows.org)

 

  • In 2018, the Washington County WEB will be rebooting, led by Capstone Community Action and Kismet Kitchen. Planned meetings include a special convening of the Central Vermont Regional Workforce Partnership focused on food system businesses; an event for regional schools’ Work-Based Learning Coordinators; and more. For more information, contact Mary Niebling (MNiebling@capstonevt.org)

 

  • Last year, the Windham WEB Partnership found that a key need in the county is improved educational support for the new and growing sector of food manufacturing. In spring of 2018, the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, in partnership with Food Connects, will lead a Talent Pipeline Management project to convene and survey non-durable goods manufacturers in the Windham Co. region, integrating the needs of food manufacturers into the broader workforce development conversation.