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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.

Retail Training Collection Small Bites Newsletter Archives

View the Small Bites newsletter archive of past issues. Small Bites is a newsletter geared toward grocers, farmers & food manufacturers, distributors & retail-farm stands. It provides insights on distribution & business-to-business resource sharing in an effort to help expand the sale of Vermont products. Please, join our network & share your insights & input too

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Sign up to receive the Small Bites newsletter in your inbox! Small Bites is a newsletter geared toward grocers, farmers & food manufacturers, distributors & retail-farm stands. It provides insights on distribution & business-to-business resource sharing in an effort to help expand the sale of Vermont products. Please, join our network & share your insights & input too.

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COVID-19 Support

A collection of resources aimed at providing support for farmers, businesses and organizations in the food system during COVID-19.

COVID-19 Support Pathways Vermont Support Line

Providing anonymous, non-judgmental support and connection to all Vermonters via phone call and text 24/7!

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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 Why are there So Few Black Farmers in America?

In 1910 black farmers made up 14% of all farmers. Today they make up fewer than 2% and own less than 1% land in rural America. Land access for all is a social justice issue. We need to support black farmers so that they have the resources they need to keep and grow their farms and land-based businesses.

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COVID-19 Support Food Insecurity: Impact of Covid-19

UVM has been collecting and releasing results surveys of Vermonters related to COVID-19 and food access and security.

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Racial Justice and Equity Racial Equity Tools

Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.

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Racial Justice and Equity Migrant Justice

Migrant Justice's mission is to build the voice, capacity, and power of the farmworker community and engage community partners to organize for economic justice and human rights. We gather the farmworker community to discuss and analyze shared problems and to envision collective solutions. Through this ongoing investment in leadership development, members deepen their skills in community education and organizing for long-term systemic change. From this basis our members have defined community problems as a denial of rights and dignity and have prioritized building a movement to secure these fundamental human rights to: 1) Dignified Work and Quality Housing; 2) Freedom of Movement and Access to Transportation; 3) Freedom from discrimination; 4) Access to Health Care.

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