Vermont Agriculture & Food System Plan 2021-2030

2021-2030 strategic plan

Over the past ten years since the release of the first Farm to Plate Strategic Plan, Vermont’s food system economic output expanded 48%, from $7.5 billion to $11.3 billion, which includes $3 billion (26.5%) from food manufacturing—Vermont’s second-largest manufacturing industry. The food system added 6,560 net new jobs (11.3% increase), and more than 64,000 Vermonters were directly employed by over 11,500 farms and food-related businesses. Local food purchases rose from $114 million (5%) to $310 million (13.9%) of the total $2.2 billion spent on food in the state annually, and Vermont farms sold $781 million worth of product per year.

Recognizing the success of the first Plan and the continued importance of agriculture and food to Vermont’s economy, environment, and culture, the Vermont Legislature and Governor Scott reauthorized the Farm to Plate Investment Program in 2019, and in doing so set in motion the development of Vermont's second 10-year strategic food system plan - the Vermont Agriculture & Food System Strategic Plan 2021-2030 which was published February 8, 2021 and was delivered to the Vermont State Legislature on February 11, 2021.

The 2021-2030 Plan contains a vision for Vermont's food system in 2030, 15 strategic goals with 87 objectives, and 34 priority strategies (recommendations for action). It is based on a series of 54 food system product, market, and issue briefs highlighting current conditions, bottlenecks and gaps, opportunities, and recommendations.

The contents of the Plan were shaped by farmers, food entrepreneurs and workers, government personnel and elected officials, nonprofit organizations, technical and business assistance providers, educators, researchers, capital providers, and Vermont food consumers. Over 1,500 people, from all of these groups, contributed to the development of this plan over an 18-month period.

Resources in this collection

Component Files

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.
This map was generated by the VAAFM in support of the Major Metropolitan Markets brief.
This table, which is also contained in the Supplemental Materials of the Plan, documents the relationships between briefs and the final Plan. The Plan's 34 priority strategies are derived from...
Section 1 of Act 83 (S.160), an act relating to agricultural development, calls for the development of this report with recommendations to stabilize and revitalize Vermont’s agricultural industry.
Contains end notes and data citations for all product, market, and issue briefs.
This file does not include the 54 product, market, and issue briefs, which are available separately.
The Plan contains a vision for Vermont's food system in 2030, 15 strategic goals, and 34 priority strategies. It is based on a series of 54 food system product, market...

Issue Briefs

Properly capitalized farms and food businesses are critical for a healthy food system. Food system businesses need different kinds of capital depending on their stage of growth, scale of operation...
Agricultural literacy and food literacy are important because increased knowledge of agriculture and food can help Vermonters make informed choices, as both consumers and civic actors, that support their health...
Almost everything we eat, wear, or use comes from a plant or animal on a farm, but we are losing the knowledge of how to grow food, work on farms...