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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.

Putting the Plan to Use Webinar Series Vermont Agriculture and Food System Strategic Plan: Presentation to the Legislature

The Vermont Agriculture and Food System Strategic Plan 2021-2030 was presented to the legislature (House and Senate Ag Committees) on February 11, 2021. Watch this first public release of the plan here!

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Putting the Plan to Use Webinar Series Putting the Plan to Use: Overview for Communities

Join the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund for a tour of the Farm to Plate Agriculture and Food System Strategic Plan 2021-2030. After this workshop, you will understand how Plan relates to your community or professional work, and how you and your community can use it to advance that work. The Plan can help you with background research, strategic decisions, grant applications, and building impactful relationships across Vermont. The Plan was created with input from hundreds of food system businesses, organizations, and individuals, and provides a roadmap for collective action to strengthen our agricultural economy, increase environmental sustainability of our farm and food sector, and expand access to healthy local food for all Vermonters. The workshop is open to all but designed especially for local community food and farm advocates.

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Putting the Plan to Use Webinar Series Putting the Plan to Use: Grant Applications

The new Agriculture and Food System Strategic Plan 2021-2030 was created collaboratively by dozens of authors and hundreds of food system businesses and organizations. It reflects the work you’re already engaged in and illustrates the role you play in the bigger picture of Vermont’s food system. In other words, it can be used to strengthen your own case for funding. In this webinar we will be discussing how your organization, business, institution etc. can use different pieces of the Plan to strengthen applications for philanthropic, state, and federal grant funding. Participants will also leave with a template for including language about the Plan in applications and letters of support. Food organizations and businesses of all types, scales, and stages are encouraged to attend.

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Farm to Plate Strategic Plan Chapter 2

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.

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Vermont Agriculture & Food System Plan 2021-2030

In 2009 the Vermont Legislature tasked the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) with administering the Farm to Plate Investment Program (10 V.S.A. § 330), to “create a strategic plan for agricultural and food system development, which may be periodically reviewed and updated.” The Farm to Plate Network formed in 2011, and set about implementing the first statewide Farm to Plate Strategic Plan. We came together out of a love for good food, strong communities, and our working landscape, to intentionally support the farmers, food entrepreneurs, and farm and food workers who provide nutritious, delicious food for us all. Over the past ten years, Vermont’s food system economic output expanded 48%, from $7.5 billion to $11.3 billion, which includes $3 billion (26.5%) from food manufacturing—Vermont’s second-largest manufacturing industry. The food system added 6,560 net new jobs (11.3% increase), and more than 64,000 Vermonters were directly employed by over 11,500 farms and food-related businesses. Local food purchases rose from $114 million (5%) to $310 million (13.9%) of the total $2.2 billion spent on food in the state annually, and Vermont farms sold $781 million worth of product per year. Recognizing the success of the first Plan and the continued importance of agriculture and food to Vermont’s economy, environment, and culture, the Vermont Legislature and Governor Scott reauthorized the Farm to Plate Investment Program in 2019.

Vermont Agriculture & Food System Plan 2021-2030 Vermont Agriculture and Food System Plan Briefs End Notes

Contains end notes and data citations for all product, market, and issue briefs.

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Vermont Agriculture & Food System Plan 2021-2030 Metropolitan Markets Map

This map was generated by the VAAFM in support of the Major Metropolitan Markets brief.

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