The Dairy Professional Development Task Force conducted surveys to determine tecnical assistance resource needs and best methods for communicating these resources among dairy farmers across the sate. Surveys were completed at the 2014 Farm Show, Dairy Producer Conference, Organic Dairy Conference, NOFA, the Grass Farmers Conference and were deleivered by Agri-Mark fieldmen to farmers. 127 surveys were returned.
A collection of resources exploring the world of local food in schools, hospitals, colleges, and other institutions.
Farm to Institution Vermont Farm to College: Opportunities and Barriers to Greater Local Food Procurement in Vermont Higher Education Food Service
Institutions of higher education present an opportunity for increased procurement of locally produced foods. This report provides an overview of findings to date, followed by summaries of successes, innovations, and challenges. Analysis focuses on comparing and contrasting Vermont interview results with recommendations gleaned from other regional institutions’ and organizations’ reports. It concludes with a list of best practices for food service operations and technical assistance providers.
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.
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.