In 2020, Farm to Plate will undertake 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 September 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 January 2021 to officially commence Farm to Plate’s next 10-year cycle.
In response to the ongoing dairy crisis and other significant changes happening within Vermont’s agricultural and food sector, and a desire to stimulate more rural economic development as well as regional market access for Vermont products, the Legislature passed and Governor Scott signed Act 83 (S.160), an act relating to agricultural development, in May 2019. Section 1 of this Act calls for the development of a report with recommendations to stabilize and revitalize Vermont’s agricultural industry.
A listing of capital providers who help to finance farm and food businesses, including debt, equity, and royalty financing, as well as various grant programs. The inventory is a supplemental document to the Vermont Agriculture & Food System Plan 2020 (part 1) as requested by the Vermont Legislature as part of Act 83/S.160 (2019). The full Plan can be found here: https://agriculture.vermont.gov/document/vermont-agriculture-and-food-system-plan-2020 If any of the information contained in this directory needs to be updated or is missing, please email relevant information to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make corrections. Version 2020.1
This year’s Annual Report features highlights of key projects from 2019, including grass-fed beef industry development, local planning for food access, wholesale markets, and small-scale on-farm composting. You will also see how Rooted in Vermont continues to engage Vermonters through inventive partnerships, the ways we are supporting the future of Vermont’s dairy sector, and a snapshot from the latest Census of Agriculture release.
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.
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.
Additional resources on local planning for food access, including resources on designing and implementing specific strategies.
This toolkit focuses on improving food access through municipal and regional plans. Plans alone won’t solve hunger, but the planning process can raise awareness and build broad public support for food access initiatives. There are a wide variety of ways to address food access in plans. Food access and hunger are systemic issues that are connected to the broader food system. They are impacted by state and federal agricultural policies and by local decisions in municipal and regional plans around topics like land use regulation, transportation and mobility, water quality, waste management, and more. This resource 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 advice on how to select the most appropriate, and presents successful examples from around the state. Appendix A, Resources, contains additional resources, including more information on designing and implementing specific strategies. It is available at: https://www.vtfarmtoplate.com/assets/resource/files/Local%20Planning%20for%20Food%20Access%20Resources%20Appendix.pdf
This Takeaways document outlines a range of Sticking Points and Solutions, as well as next steps regarding further outreach to key stakeholders. It is one of a series of outputs from the Crosscutting Team coming out of the Farm Transfers Convening.