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New Partnerships Increase Real World Career Experiences for Students

This year our working group has partnered with VT Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets & Sodexo's VT First Program to bring increased opportunities to experience careers in agriculture and food to our secondary and post-secondary students.

Ali Zaparo of VAAFM has worked closely with our Working Group for a number of years.  This spring she was able to curate alignment between our work and the priorities of the VAAFM and Secretary Tebbets.  Read more here: Agriculture & Food Careers for VT's Next Generation.

Further connecting networks and harnessing their power to leverage change in the food system, Sodexo's VT First Program, coordinated by Annie Rowell, will be hosting a Career Symposium on October 28th. The Symposium planning team has been working closely with the Farm to Plate Education and Workforce Working Group to build the workforce development piece of the agenda.  Other partners and attendees will include career service offices and food/environmental studies programs from the region's institutions of higher ed.  Highlights include: Ben Hewitt as the keynote, career networking with local businesses, front and center attention of universities' food/farm programs, locally sourced meals  and breakout sessions including the role institutions play in furthering the local food economy.

Symposium Details:

The Vermont First Student Symposium is our first gathering of Vermont’s college students to celebrate farm to institution, and learn about what it means to chart a career in food.  The event will bring together Vermont students, producers, faculty and staff, employers, and food system stakeholders.  The Student Symposium is taking place on Sunday, October 28th from 9:00am-4:00 pm. Tickets are $25, which covers the cost of lunch.  Stay tuned for registration to open.

About lunch: The growth of any industry inevitably creates waste and can perpetuate unsustainable practices.  Eat the Loop Supper celebrates innovative production practices, featuring Vermont producers who “close-the-loop” through the creation of their product.  From waste-free (or edible up-cycling) production to soil health management, Vermonters are leading the way in innovative practices.  Meet the producers and fill your bellies with the “loop.”

The symposium is the result of a partnership between The Farm to Plate Network, The VT Agency of Agriculutre and Sodexo hosted at UVM.