The enabling legislation for Vermont Farm to Plate created a 10-year time horizon spanning 2010 to 2020 for the creation and implementation of a statewide food system plan. As Farm to Plate concludes its eighth full year and approaches 2020, there is strong recognition that we have made major progress in implementing priority strategies and achieving the objectives identified in the plan. Since 2010: • Purchases of local food in Vermont have increased by $176 million to $310 million in total (13.9% of total food and beverage sales). • 6,559 net new jobs and 742 net new businesses have been created. • The percentage of food insecure Vermont households has dropped to 9.8% from 13.2%. We come to the Legislature not only to report on the latest year of progress, but also to ask to open a new chapter and decade of Farm to Plate’s existence by reauthorizing the Farm to Plate Investment Program for another 10 years. Our hope is that this year’s Annual Report begins to outline the challenges, opportunities, and approaches Farm to Plate will focus on now and into the decade to come.
A 2018 Exploration of the Future of Vermont Agriculture: Ideas to Seed a Conversation and a Call to Action
"A 2018 Exploration of the Future of Vermont Agriculture” is an attempt to capture an assessment that emerged from several conversations amongst a small group of organizations grappling with how to respond to ongoing negative trends in Vermont agriculture. The hope for this report is that it will serve as a launching point for any number of conversations across the state. In summary, the analysis of the report is that a variety of factors are combining that threaten Vermont’s economy, community, and culture. We see existing activities (e.g., land conservation easements and technical assistance) as highly valuable, but not sufficient to fully address anticipated trends. Therefore, we believe new approaches must be identified, evaluated, and implemented, in addition to sufficiently investing in existing high-impact approaches. We invite feedback on how to undertake such a process, and how to fund, administer, and coordinate implementation across our networks.
Summary of research ideas emerging from the Farm to Plate Network as of fall 2018
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 guidebook explores the wide range of careers within our food system, and potential next steps for pursuing those careers. It includes occupational titles, wage and job opening data, as well as information about the types of degrees, certifications, or other training that may be required. It is designed to complement the Food System Career Profiles and Pathways report (2016), as it provides additional information for students about careers they become interested in through the Profiles. Created by Elizabeth McCarty with support from the Career Profiles Task Force.
Downloadable PDF of Slow Money Vermont 2018 Entrepreneur Showcase application
This report summarized current assumptions and facts about the use and impact of tile drainage on Vermont farms and water quality. The report also provided an overview of the environmental and economic issues surrounding tile drains, and information gaps known at the time.
A collection of resources detailing how to plan for land management, and land and business succession strategies, to ensure a smooth transition from one owner to the next.
America’s farmers are aging. Not all farmers have family members willing to operate the family farm, leaving them searching for creative ways to transition off the farm, but ensure its continued success. One of these ways is through land use tools, specifically Accessory Dwelling Units. This paper examines the different tools and how they’ve been implemented across the country, and locally.