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Business and Technical Assistance Brief

Issue brief on Business and Technical Assistance in the food system

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Farm to Plate Retrospective 2010-2020

This report features highlights of Farm to Plate Network projects from 2010-2020.The Vermont Legislature and Governor Douglas created the Farm to Plate Investment Program in May 2009, and tasked the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) with administering it.This Retrospective celebrates what has been accomplished toward the three outcomes outlined in the Farm to Plate Investment Program legislation, indicates areas where we fell short of our aspirations, and shares the lessons we carry into our second decade.

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Governor's Commission On The Future Of Vermont Agriculture Action Plan

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. In creating the report, the Commissioners shared ideas, and tapped the expertise of young farmers, members of the public, and organizations working on environmentally sound farming practices, climate adaptation and resilience, and diversity

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Retail Training Collection

The Retail Collection includes resources developed or used by the Independent Grocers Task Force to complement its statewide in-store retail trainings, including the Take 5 video series and the Small Bites newsletter archive along with written resources designed to help retailers more effectively source and merchandise local food. Video episode topics include promotions, purchasing, merchandising, in-store displays, signage, sampling, and procurement. The written resources cover purchasing, merchandising, operations, financials, and staffing. Farmers and specialty food producers interested in learning more about best practices in retail merchandising may also find value in the video series.

Agricultural Land Use Planning Modules

Agricultural planning modules that provide guidance and resources on new issues like food system planning, agripreneurism, and composting, while giving detailed guidance on historically important issues such as farmland conservation, farmland and taxes, and land use regulations. These topics are covered in 5 short easily digestible modules that can be read as a series or quickly referenced individually.

Agricultural Land Use Planning Modules Supporting the Local Food System with ARPA

The federal coronavirus relief package, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), cites food insecurity as one of the reasons these funds are being distributed, and states that funds may be spent “to respond to the public health emergency or its negative economic impacts.” This funding is an important opportunity for cities and towns to make investments in the food supply chain to help ensure food security and a thriving food and agricultural economy. This document is the first half of a short guide on how the community food system strategies recommended in Farm to Plate resources relate to ARPA funding guidelines. This portion of the document provides a general framework for thinking about potential applicability of ARPA funding, and suggestions for how to begin identifying effective projects. The second part will provide more detailed examples of potential projects and how they relate to ARPA guidelines, and will be released after it is updated for the final ARPA rule.

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Racial Justice and Equity

Many individuals and organizations, including here in Vermont, have worked tirelessly on addressing racism broadly and specifically within the food system for decades. We encourage you to elevate their work, galvanize support and educate yourself. This is, by no means, an exhaustive list of resources, so please reach out if you have additional resources to add.

Racial Justice and Equity Mental Health Issues Facing the Black Community

A guide that was created to discuss the impact of Racism and Discrimination on the Mental Health of our Black Communities. By sharing this resource, we can help continue the conversation about how racism and discrimination affect the mental health of the Black Community. We can help to reduce the shame and stigma sometimes associated with mental illness and mental health treatment in the Black Community. Here are some Highlights: How Racism Causes Mental Health Issues The Importance of Culturally Competent Care Why Don’t Black People Seek Mental Health Help Black Mental Health Providers

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Putting the Plan to Use Webinar Series

The Vermont Agriculture and Food System Strategic Plan, 2021-2030, is your plan -- and for you to use. These recorded webinars each provide an overview of the Plan and guidance on different ways in which you can use it.