In 2021, Governor Phil Scott named 12 members to the Governor’s Commission on the Future of Vermont Agriculture to study and strategize how best to grow agriculture in the Green Mountain State.
Featured highlights include grass-fed beef industry development, local planning for food access, wholesale markets, small-scale on-farm composting, Rooted in Vermont inventive partnerships, supporting the future of Vermont’s dairy sector, and a Census of Agriculture snapshot.
This toolkit focuses on improving food access through municipal and regional plans. It includes information on the planning process, explores the way that food access relates to other topics that are already being addressed through local planning, provides suggested strategies to include, and presents successful examples from around the state.
There are many approaches to addressing the problems of hunger and food insecurity, including hunger awareness, hunger relief, food justice, right to food, and food sovereignty. This toolkit helps individuals, communities, businesses, and organizations explore how their activities support improving food access, and how they can adapt their work or partner with organizations that use other approaches.
The report examines local food trends, provides tools and insights into how wholesale operates for producers and gives the broader food system community a greater understanding of how trends are impacting, supporting, and altering the viability, sustainability, and make-up of our local food system.
A 2018 Exploration of the Future of Vermont Agriculture: Ideas to Seed a Conversation and a Call to Action
An assessment of how to respond to ongoing negative trends in Vermont agriculture.
This study gives 10 recommendations to better align Vermont's food system education with the needs of today's farm and food businesses.
This article provides a look into counting local food consumption, including many lessons learned. Recently published in JAFSCD, it outlines the methods to count progress and learnings from a multi-year effort by Vermont Farm to Plate.
This Excel workbook is a financial tool created to aid decision making around the various distribution options.
This report provides an understanding of the kinds of products independent grocery stores currently sell and what real and perceived barriers exist to selling more or different products at independent grocery stores.
Gathering the Herd captures lessons learned over a three year period from by the Farm to Plate Meat Processing Task…
The first financing case study, Seeding the Future With Convertible Debt, focuses on High Mowing Organic Seeds--a producer of more than 600 varieties of vegetable, fruit, herb, and flower seed that employs more than 40 people in Wolcott--and convertible debt.
This document, prepared by the Health Cross-Cutting Team, presents a sampling of the wide variety of programs across Vermont that address the intersection of food and health, from community-based nutrition education programs, to a hospital supporting a community cold storage facility.
Over the past year, 22 citizen-leaders have worked together to learn, to articulate a shared vision and goals, and to call upon Vermonters to act in the face of the crisis in dairy and in water quality.