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.
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.