In 2014, the Vermont Farm to Plate Network, in collaboration with the Vermont Retail & Grocers Association (VRGA), completed a survey of independent retailers in Vermont, revealing that 100 percent of store managers value local products as critical to their store brand. In the second phase of research, we wanted to learn more about how independent stores buy and sell local foods, along with their interest in workshops, training and business support services that can help increase local food sales.
By celebrating all Vermonters’ relationships with local food, Rooted in Vermont® intends to create a movement that connects tradition, pride, community, trust, and equity to local food. Rooted in Vermont is owned by all Vermonters, and nurtured by the Vermont Farm to Plate Network to help the movement build momentum and become viral throughout the entire state. It is a movement to help all Vermonters see local food as their own – not because it is a trend, but rather a part of our history and who we are as Vermonters. Vermont businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies are all encouraged to incorporate the Rooted in Vermont movement into their marketing, outreach, and other communication with Vermonters. WATCH THIS VIDEO to learn how to engage with Rooted in Vermont on social media. DOWNLOAD ROOTED IN VERMONT LOGOS to use in your marketing and outreach materials. DOWNLOAD ROOTED IN VERMONT HASHTAG FILES to use in your marketing and outreach materials. READ THE ROOTED IN VERMONT BROCHURE to better understand how Rooted in Vermont will increse consumer demand of local food, why everyone's participation is needed to make the Rooted in Vermont movement work, and how to get involved.
Resources for understanding Vermont and regional food distribution systems, as well as understanding wholesale market opportunities and barriers (e.g., for sales to institutions,schools, colleges, and hospitals, as well as retail grocers).
Aggregation & Distribution Connecting the Dots: Strategies for Aligning Production, Processing, Distribution, and Market Outlets for Vermont’s Food System
Appendix C: Connecting the Dots focuses on the distribution chain that links farm production, processing, and market outlets and provides strategies for aligning these elements of Vermont’s food system more closely. Distribution is defined as the process of delivering food from the primary producer to end consumers, whether they are found at supermarkets, restaurants, schools, farmers markets, community supported agriculture (CSA) farms, or convenience or general stores. Distribution requires organizing transportation and logistics in an economically efficient manner to deliver a marketable mix of products to meet consumer demand. At times, it also requires short-term storage, en route to store shelves.
A collection of resources aimed to aid farmers and technical assistance providers in strengthening the financial performance and viability of farm and food businesses.
In the fall of 2012 University of Vermont Extension distributed a survey to independent grocers and cooperatively-owned grocery stores asking about chicken and egg demand in their stores with a focus on regionally- produced products. Follow-up phone interviews were conducted through the fall of 2013 to get additional feedback from the buyers in these stores. The goal of this work is to understand the demand for local poultry products and to also provide guidance for poultry farmers preparing to conduct their own market research.
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