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.
The Clemmons Family Farm is one of the largest African-American-owned historic farms in Vermont today. The farm includes 6 historic buildings (circa later 1700s-1800s), a spacious 1990s residents, and 148 acres of prime farmland and forests, ponds and streams abundant with wildlife. The Farm is one of the 22 official landmarks on the State of Vermont's African-American Heritage Trail.
In 2019, Farm to Plate and the VT Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets collaborated with subject matter experts to produce the Vermont Agriculture & Food System Plan 2020 -- a set of 23 product, market and issue briefs -- which was delivered to the Legislature in January 2020. In 2020, Farm to Plate continued this effort by developing an additional 31 briefs and undertaking 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 October 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 February 2021 to officially commence Farm to Plate’s next 10-year cycle.
Vermont Agriculture & Food System Plan 2020 / Farm to Plate Strategic Plan 2021-2030 Vermont Agriculture and Food System Plan 2020
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. This report was delivered to the Vermont Legislature in January, 2020. As part of a planned update to the 2011 Farm to Plate Strategic Plan, a second set of 31 product, market and issue briefs, along with a vision for Vermont's food system, a new set of goals, objectives and indicators of progress will be published in February 2021. Titled the Vermont Farm to Plate Strategic Plan 2021-2030, it will serve as our guiding implementation document over the next 10 years.
Vermont Agriculture & Food System Plan 2020 / Farm to Plate Strategic Plan 2021-2030 Food System Financing Inventory
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
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.
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.
A collection of resources aimed to aid farmers and technical assistance providers in strengthening the financial performance and viability of farm and food businesses.