A collection of resources pertaining to current water quality as well as ways for improvement.
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. Within their “Call to Action,” they outline eight detailed recommendations dive into a compilation of their work, including the vision and goal statement, the reports of three working groups, and an outline of four learning sessions. Former Agriculture Secretary Roger Allbee, Gardner’s Supply founder Will Raap and former Vermont Land Trust President Gil Livingston were the initial organizers of the process, with great assistance from farmer and former Legislator Will Stevens and professional mediator Cindy Cook.
2016 article from the Stanford Social Innovation Review sent by presenter Curtis Ogden to read related to engaging stakeholders
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 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.
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. This resource also identifies programs with an intended outcome of "increasing consumption of local food" or "assisting local farmers with costs," and the CCT hopes that this comparison of programs may be helpful to organizations who would like to add a local aspect to their food programs. These examples were collected over the course of 2018 by the Farm to Plate Network Health Cross-Cutting Team (CCT). The CCT developed and disseminated a survey that received these responses. All information is self-reported.
The enabling legislation for Vermont Farm to Plate created a 10-year time horizon spanning 2010 to 2020 for the creation and implementation of a statewide food system plan. As Farm to Plate concludes its eighth full year and approaches 2020, there is strong recognition that we have made major progress in implementing priority strategies and achieving the objectives identified in the plan. Since 2010: • Purchases of local food in Vermont have increased by $176 million to $289 million in total (12.9% of total food and beverage sales). • 6,559 net new jobs and 742 net new businesses have been created. • The percentage of food insecure Vermont households has dropped to 9.8% from 13.2%. We come to the Legislature not only to report on the latest year of progress, but also to ask to open a new chapter and decade of Farm to Plate’s existence by reauthorizing the Farm to Plate Investment Program for another 10 years. Our hope is that this year’s Annual Report begins to outline the challenges, opportunities, and approaches Farm to Plate will focus on now and into the decade to come.