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Agriculture and Food Careers for Vermont’s Next Generation

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, & Markets (VAAFM) is engaging in a new priority focused on increasing agriculture related and food system career exposure for Vermont middle and high school students. To meet this goal, VAAFM will work with partners from St. Michael’s College, UVM Extension, and other members and staff of the Farm to Plate (F2P) Network who are part of the Education and Workforce Development Working Group. This working group is engaged in the F2P Food System Career Profiles project and the Workforce, Education, Business (WEB) Partnership initiative. By connecting these working group members with this new VAAFM priority, the general hope is to align and leverage the success of these 2 related projects with the new initiative and conduct the following: 

  • Visits and/or panels at schools with representatives who work in agriculture related and food system fields, to discuss their work experience with interested students. The panels/visits would be hosted by VAAFM and F2P staff or network members to provide an overall picture of industry opportunities in agriculture related and food system fields.
  • Career fair visits each year, with representatives who work in agriculture related and food system fields, to discuss their work experience with interested students at tables or speaking opportunities. The career fair visits would be hosted by VAAFM and F2P staff or network members to provide an overall picture of industry opportunities in agriculture related and food system fields.

During the summer of 2018, F2P intern, Elizabeth McCarty, St. Michael's College, '18,  will provide significant support to this project, assisting with outreach, communications, and data collection. The planning team will utilize school-based career development and counseling resources available throughout the state to conduct outreach about the initiative, both to find career representatives for panels/visits and to alert educators, students, and families about the new initiative. The panels and visits will began this summer, July 2018.  

Key Regions for Panels:

  • Hartford
  • Bennington
  • Central Vermont (U32/Montpelier High School)
  • South Royalton
  • Springfield

Photo Caption: Proud to Live and Work in Vermont: High schoolers learn from some of the state’s best @ccv_vermont career panel.

Panel: Kimberly Hagen - Center for Sustainable Agriculture - UVM Extension, Liz Gleason - Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, Clara Ayer - Fairmont Farm Inc., 2018 Ag Hall of Fame inductee, Shane Rogers - Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

Photo Credit: CCV & VAAFM