Farm to Plate Strategic Plan

In 2019, the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) was reauthorized by the Vermont state legislature to create the Vermont Agriculture and Food System Strategic Plan 2021-2030. The final version was published February 8, 2021 and was delivered to the Vermont State Legislature on February 11. Watch the press conference officially release the Plan here and watch the presentation to the Vermont State Legslature here and here.

The Plan contains a vision for Vermont's food system in 2030, 15 strategic goals with 87 objectives, and 34 priority strategies (recommendations for action). It is based on a series of 54 food system product, market, and issue briefs highlighting current conditions, bottlenecks and gaps, opportunities, and recommendations.

The structure of this website reflects the original Farm to Plate 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.


Component files of the plan include:

The Vermont Agriculture and Food System Strategic Plan - This is the complete document containing background on the Plan and its development, the vision for Vermont's food system in 2030, the strategic goals and objectives, the priority strategies, an overview of collective impact and the Vermont Farm to Plate Network, all 54 briefs, and a table explaining the relationship of the priority strategies to the briefs.

The Vermont Agriculture and Food System Strategic Plan - smaller file - This file does not include the briefs and may be a more manageable file size for slow connections.

Table of Priority Strategies with Source Reference -This table, which is also contained in the Supplemental Materials of the Plan, documents the relationships between briefs and the final Plan.

The product, market, and issue briefs are included in the full Plan document, but you can also access each one individually:

Product Briefs: Agroforestry | Apples | Beer | Bees and Honey | Bread | Cheese | Compost | Dairy | Eggs | Food-Grade Grains | Goats | Grapes | Grass-Fed Beef | Hemp | Hops | Lightly Processed Vegetables | Maple | Meat Slaughter, Processing, and Products | Poultry | Produce | Sheep | Specialty Foods | Spirits | Swine

Market Briefs: College and Hospital Procurement | Direct Markets | Distribution | Grocers | Major Metropolitan Markets | Restaurants | School Food Procurement

Issue Briefs: Access to Capital | Agricultural and Food Literacy | Agricultural Literacy, K-12 | Agriculture and Food Policy | Agritourism | Alternative Land Ownership and Access ModelsBusiness and Technical Assistance | Child Care | Climate Change | Consumer Demand | Farmland Conservation | Food Access and Farm Viability | Food Security | Health Care | Labor and Workforce | Land Use Planning | Marketing | Payment for Ecosystem Services | Racial Equity in the Vermont Food System | Succession | Supporting Future Farmers | Tax and Legal Services | Water Quality

Briefs End Notes and Data Citations - there are a few citations that are still being formatted, contact sarah@vsjf.org if you need information about a specific citation that is not yet included.

Supporting Materials from Briefs: Vermont Food System Financing Inventory | Business Assistance Continuum | Farm to School Products and Opportunity | Metropolitan Markets Map

 

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


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

Food Access:  Food Security | Food Access and Farm Viability | Racial Equity in the Vermont Food System | School Food Procurement | Direct Markets | Grocers

Environmental Considerations: Climate Change | Water Quality | Payment for Ecosystem Services | Farmland Conservation | Compost | Agroforestry | Bees and Honey

Farm Succession: Succession | Supporting Future Farmers | Racial Equity in the Vermont Food System | Access to Capital | Business and Technical Assistance | Tax and Legal Services | Farmland Conservation | Alternative Land Ownership and Access Models

Farm Viability: Access to Capital | Business and Technical Assistance | Labor and Workforce | Health Care | Child Care | Marketing | Food Access and Farm Viability | Distribution | Racial Equity in the Vermont Food System | Agriculture and Food Policy

Preserving the Working Landscape: Succession | Farmland Conservation | Land Use Planning | Climate Change | Payment for Ecosystem Services

Education: Agricultural Literacy, K-12 | Labor and Workforce | School Food Procurement | Agricultural and Food Literacy | Agritourism

Workforce: Labor and Workforce | Racial Equity in the Vermont Food System | Agricultural Literacy, K-12 | Child Care | Health Care

Promoting Local Food: Consumer Demand | Marketing | Agricultural Literacy, K-12 | Agricultural and Food Literacy | School Food Procurement | Direct Markets | Agritourism | Restaurants

Product Diversification: Goats | Food-Grade Grains | Grass-Fed Beef | HempHopsCompost | Agroforestry | Climate Change

Fruits and Vegetables: Produce | Lightly Processed Vegetables | Apples | Grapes | Climate Change | Bees and Honey

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

Dairy: Dairy | Cheese | Goats | Water Quality | Payment for Ecosystem Services

Value-Added Products: Specialty Foods | Cheese | Bread | Grapes | Spirits | Beer | Major Metropolitan Markets

Direct-to-Consumer Sales: Direct Markets | Consumer Demand | Agritourism | Agricultural and Food Literacy | Food Access and Farm Viability

Wholesale Retail Sales: Grocers | Major Metropolitan Markets | Distribution | Marketing | Consumer Demand

Institutional Sales: School Food Procurement | College and Hospital Procurement | Lightly Processed Vegetables | Distribution

 

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.

Farm to Plate Strategic Plan 2020 Appendices

 

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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.