The Abenaki Land Link Project is a partnership between the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk - Abenaki Nation, Vermont Farm to Plate Network’s Rooted in Vermont project and NOFA-VT to provide indigenous seeds to gardeners, homesteaders, and farmers around Vermont who are dedicating land to grow and harvest food for Abenaki citizens. For more information about the project contact Shane Rogers, Farm to Plate Communications Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Livy Bulger, Education and Engagement Manager at NOFA-VT, email@example.com.
Are you a gardener, homesteader, or farmer interested in being part of the Abenaki Land Link Project for 2021? Fill out the Abenaki Land Link Project 2021 Interest Form and the partners will be in contact with you before the next season kicks off.
Seven Days feature story about the Abenaki Land Link Project
A collection of resources aimed at providing support for farmers, businesses and organizations in the food system during COVID-19.
The results of UVM's third survey of Vermonters about the impact of COVID-19 on food security and systems is now available. This data was collected in August and September 2020, and the attached research brief details the key results. This most recent survey of 600 Vermonters, representative on race, ethnicity and income across the state, highlight continued challenges, but also some positive outcomes. Key findings include: - Nearly 30% of Vermont households experienced food insecurity at some point since the pandemic - Households more likely to be food insecure include low income households, households with children, households with a job disruption, and respondents without a college degree - 1/3 of respondent households used food assistance programs since COVID-19, an overall 18% increase in food assistance program use since before the pandemic - Diet quality has been impacted since COVID-19- 25% of respondents are eating fewer fruits and vegetables and 50% of households with food insecurity report eating fewer fruits and vegetables - Concerns and challenges about food access have mostly gone down since March 2020, with the exception that Vermonters are more concerned about the cost of food (71% concerned) - Self food reliance is increasing- 42% of respondents did some…
In 2019, Farm to Plate and the VT Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets collaborated with subject matter experts to produce the Vermont Agriculture & Food System Plan 2020 -- a set of 23 product, market and issue briefs -- which was delivered to the Legislature in January 2020. In 2020, Farm to Plate continued this effort by developing an additional 31 briefs and undertaking a stakeholder engagement process to further refine and prioritize strategies and recommendations to develop a shared vision for the Farm to Plate 2.0 Strategic Plan. A list of high priority recommendations identified through the stakeholder process will be completed by October 2020, with results shared at the 2020 Farm to Plate Network Annual Gathering. The final synthesized report, with high priority strategies, recommendations, and vision statement, will be delivered to the Legislature February 2021 to officially commence Farm to Plate’s next 10-year cycle.
Vermont Agriculture & Food System Plan 2020 / Farm to Plate Strategic Plan 2021-2030 Vermont Food System Plan Issue Brief: Agriculture and Food Policy
Public policy is generally described as a system of laws, regulatory measures, courses of action, and funding priorities concerning a given topic, promulgated by a government entity or its representatives. Existing agriculture and food policy in Vermont seeks to strike a balance between farm viability, maintaining the working landscape, and protecting environmental and public health. It is critical that Vermont’s food and agriculture policies continually evolve to best support food and farming systems that benefit the public at large, while allowing Vermont agricultural and food producers to live healthy lives, produce high-quality food, and operate thriving businesses in their communities.
Vermont Agriculture & Food System Plan 2020 / Farm to Plate Strategic Plan 2021-2030 Vermont Food System Plan Product Brief: Eggs
Farm-fresh eggs have long been a popular choice for consumers looking to support local farms, and an inexpensive source of high-quality protein. Eggs have a relatively low cost of entry for diversified farmers looking to add a new small-scale enterprise. While demand is generally high, farmers have often found limited profitability due to lack of efficiency in production and high feed costs. As a result, many diversified farmers experiment with selling eggs for a period of time but not many have scaled up to a commercial level. Significant opportunity exists for Vermont farmers to expand their egg operations in a way that is complementary to their other products and markets.