There are many considerations for both the producer/processor and the institution when seeking to increase local foods on the menu. Scale, delivery, and cost are a few examples. In the match-making and information sharing event, farmers listened to Sodexo chefs and executives explain their needs. Producers and processors left the event with more clarity on whether the institutional market was right for them and how to go about working with institutional markets.
A collection of resources from the Career Profiles project, including profiles of workers in Vermont's food system, resources for teachers, and background information.
This study, conducted by researchers Holly Tippett and Wendy Meunier, asked, “What are the education and training needs of Vermont’s food system employers and is our education system aligned with these needs?” The final report, Charting a Path: Food System Workforce Needs Assessment, gives 10 recommendations to better align Vermont’s food system education with the needs of today’s farm and food businesses.
The challenges faced by the 15 producer/processor associations interviewed have occurred during a time of significant market growth and public interest in local food and Vermont products. This underlines the critical need to nurture strong producer/processor associations that can actively advance the interests of Vermont food producers and processors.
"Exploring the Next Frontier: Increasing Local Food Sales at Vermont's Independent Retailers" is a report published by Farm to Plate's Supply and Demand Task Force in order to help grow the independent grocer market in ways that work for retailers, farmers, food producers, and distributors. The report provides an understanding of the kinds of products independent grocery stores currently sell and what real and perceived barriers exist to selling more or different products at independent grocery stores.
A collection of resources providing information about energy use, renewable energy, and alternative energy forms on farms.
The Energy Cross-cutting Team of the Farm to Plate Network released Energy Success Stories at the 2014 Farm Show. Direct and indirect energy costs have wide impacts throughout Vermont's food system. The Energy Success Stories showcase farms, businesses, vendors, installers, and technical assistance providers that have made a difference with energy efficiency savings and renewable energy production.
A wide variety of financing options across the capital continuum are available to assist with the capital needs of Vermont’s food system businesses. However, navigating through the multitude of financing options can be overwhelming. In response to the need to help businesses better understand and navigate the variety of financing options available to them, the Financing Cross-Cutting Team of the Farm to Plate Network created a series of case studies based on types of financing used by Vermont food businesses. The case studies cover convertible debt (High Mowing Organic Seeds), farmland financing (Bread & Butter Farm), and royalty financing (Liz Lovely).
Financing Case Studies Seeding the Future with Convertible Debt: A Financing Case Study of High Mowing Organic Seeds
A wide variety of financing options across the capital continuum are available to assist with the capital needs of Vermont’s food system businesses. However, navigating through the multitude of financing options can be overwhelming. In response to the need to help businesses better understand and navigate the variety of financing options available to them, the Financing Cross-Cutting Team of the Farm to Plate Network convened a series of panels that illuminated financing options that different food system businesses have used—High Mowing Organic Seeds and convertible debt, Bread & Butter Farm and a complex farmland deal, Liz Lovely and royalty financing, and Aqua Vitae and convertible debt. The first financing case study, Seeding the Future With Convertible Debt, focuses on High Mowing Organic Seeds--a producer of more than 600 varieties of vegetable, fruit, herb, and flower seed that employs more than 40 people in Wolcott--and convertible debt.
The Career Pathways and Image Task Force created three career path profiles of people with food system careers as a pilot project, with the overall goal of attracting younger people to careers in the food system. Local farmers were interviewed to create the profiles, with a specific focus on the opportunities that were utilized and the skills necessary for their careers. The profiles also include career advice for aspiring farmers and contact information for students that are interested in following up.