Farm to Plate Strategic Plan
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:
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:
Markets: Major Metropolitan Markets
If you are seeking information on specific topic areas, here are some suggested collections of related briefs:
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)
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)
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.