Farm to Plate Strategic Plan

In 2019, the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) was reauthorized by the Vermont state legislature to create the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan 2021-2030.

The plan will be based on a series of product, market, and issue briefs highlighting current conditions, bottlenecks and gaps, opportunities, and recommendations for a wide range of topics relating to agriculture and food in Vermont. It will also contain a Vision for Food System Development, Goals, Objectives and Indicator of Progress, with the recommendations from the briefs serving as implementation strategies over the next 10 years. There will also be a number of supplemental materials available.

The Farm to Plate Strategic Plan chapters listed in the left navigation column are from the original Plan released in January, 2011. In 2021, we plan to update this website, to make the 2021-2030 Plan more easily available and to reflect a revised Farm to Plate Network structure for implementing the Plan.

The final version of the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan 2021-2030 will be delivered to the Vermont state legislature in February 2021.

Part One of these Briefs was published in January 2020 as the VAAFM Agriculture and Food System Plan.

In addition to the full Part One report, you can access each product, market, and issue brief individually:

Products: Apples | Cheese | Dairy | Food-Grade Grains | Goats | Grass-Fed Beef | Hemp | Maple | Produce | Lightly Processed Vegetables

Markets: Direct Markets | School Food Procurement | College and Hospital Procurement | Grocers

Issues: Climate Change | Water Quality | Succession | Supporting Future Farmers | Access to Capital | Business and Technical Assistance | Consumer Demand | Agritourism | Food Access and Farm Viability


Part Two
briefs are being released periodically. Currently available are:

Products: Meat: Slaughter, Processing, and Products | Specialty Foods | Bread | Sheep | Swine | Eggs

Markets: Major Metropolitan Markets

Issues: Agricultural and Food Literacy | Agriculture and Food Policy

 

If you are seeking information on specific topic areas, here are some suggested collections of related briefs:

Food Access: Food Access and Farm Viability | Food Security (coming soon) | School Food Procurement | Direct Markets | Grocers

Environmental Considerations: Climate Change | Water Quality | Payment for Ecosystem Services (coming soon) | Farmland Conservation (coming soon) | Compost (coming soon) | Agroforestry (coming soon) | Bees (coming soon)

Farm Succession: Supporting Future Farmers | Succession | Access to Capital | Business and Technical Assistance | Legal and Tax Support (coming soon) | Workforce and Education (coming soon) | Farmland Conservation (coming soon) | Alternative Ownership Models (coming soon)

Preserving the Working Landscape: Succession | Farmland Conservation (coming soon) | Land Use Planning (coming soon) | Climate Change | Water Quality | Payment for Ecosystem Services (coming soon)

Education: Agricultural Literacy, K-12 (coming soon) | Workforce and Education (coming soon) | School Food Procurement | Agricultural and Food Literacy | Agritourism

Promoting Local Food: Consumer Demand | Agricultural Literacy, K-12 (coming soon) | Agricultural and Food Literacy| School Food Procurement | Agritourism | Restaurants (coming soon) | Marketing (coming soon)

Product Diversification: Goats | Food-Grade Grains | Grass-Fed Beef | Hemp | Compost (coming soon) | Agroforestry (coming soon) | Hops (coming soon) | Climate Change

Fruits and Vegetables: Produce | Lightly Processed Vegetables | Apples | Grapes (coming soon) | Climate Change | Bees (coming soon)

Animal Husbandry: Dairy | Grass-Fed Beef | Goats | Swine | Sheep | Poultry (coming soon) | Eggs | Meat: Slaughter, Processing, and Products

Dairy: Dairy | Cheese | Goats | Water Quality | Climate Change

Value-Added Products: Specialty Foods| Cheese | Bread | Wine (coming soon) | Beer (coming soon) | Cider (coming soon) | Hops (coming soon) | Food-Grade Grains

Direct-to-Consumer Sales: Direct Markets | Consumer Demand | Agritourism | Agricultural Literacy, K-12 (coming soon) | Agricultural and Food Literacy| Food Access and Farm Viability

Wholesale Retail Sales: Grocers | Major Metropolitan Markets | Distribution (coming soon) | Marketing (coming soon) | Consumer Demand | Food Access and Farm Viability

Institutional Sales: School Food Procurement | College and Hospital Procurement | Lightly Processed Vegetables | Distribution (coming soon) | Agricultural Literacy, K-12 (coming soon)

 

 

The orignal Farm to Plate Stategic Plan 2020, created in 2009 following the signing of the Farm to Plate Investment Program legislation into law, provides an overview of the development process VSJF used to work with over 1,200 farmers, producers, technical assistance providers, and farm and food sector industry leaders to create Vermont's original food system plan. It highlights 25 goals and dozens of strategies to strengthen and grow Vermont’s food system, as well as the progress to reach those goals, and explores the major issues impacting Vermont’s food system through analysis of high impact leverage areas.

 

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Explore Vermont's Food System

Chapter 3 Overview

The components of Vermont’s food system are explored in depth over the course of seven sections in Chapter 3. Each section focuses on current conditions, analyzes gaps and barriers to strengthening Vermont’s food system, identifies emerging opportunities, and provides a series of objectives and strategies aimed at reaching the 25 goals presented in Chapter 2.