Vermont Enacts Local Food Purchasing Incentive for Schools: $500,000 appropriated for Year One
June 2021 - Governor Phil Scott signed H.106 and H.439 on June 8, 2021, enacting a Local Foods Purchasing Incentive for Vermont schools, and providing through the budget $500,000 for the first year of the incentive. This new law (now Act 67) will provide a direct incentive to schools who meet local purchasing targets in their school meal programs, allowing them to serve more fresh Vermont food on their menus.
Leahy Advances His Farm To School Bill And Spotlights Vermont’s Leading Role At Sharon Elementary School
May 2021 - U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) visited Sharon Elementary School to highlight new federal Farm to School legislation. The Farm to School Act, introduced by Leahy on April 22, seeks to reauthorize and expand the popular federal Farm to School program.
Kids VT: What Happens to School Gardens in the Summer?
May 2021 - Kathleen Kesson asks, "What happens to all these lovely school gardens in the most bountiful months of the summer, when school is out and there is no one to tend them?"
Vermont Celebrates Statewide Universal School Meals with Local, Fresh Foods as the Nation Observes Farm to School Month
October 2020 - As a result of Covid-19 and waivers granted at the federal level, for the first time ever, all Vermont schools are currently providing Universal School Meals to their students and will through the end of the 2020/21 school year. Here in Vermont, the commitment is stronger than ever to move the state to a permanent Universal School Meals platform incorporating the Farm to School model of healthy meals made with locally sourced ingredients.
Celebrating Vermont's Farm to School & Early Childhood Awareness Day
Mar 3, 2020 - We heard it again this year: Farm to School and Early Childhood Awareness Day is one of Vermont legislators' favorite days at the State House. On February 12, students, teachers, administrators, farmers, school nutrition staff and advocates came to the Capitol to share their stories of the benefits of farm to school.
Action Team Update
Dec. 17, 2019 - Vermont Farm to School Network members had a busy year expanding farm to school activities throughout the state. We're sharing a look into some of the Action Teams’ recent progress.
Senator Leahy Announces USDA Grants and Celebrates Farm to School Month in St. Albans
Oct. 10, 2019 - U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy visited the St. Albans Town Education Center on Thursday, October 10th, to celebrate National Farm to School month and announce USDA grants awarded for school districts in Vermont to expand Farm to School activities. The grants total $300,000 and will help schools in Franklin, Grand Isle, Caledonia and Orange counties to connect their classrooms, cafeteria and community to local food and farms.
Highlights from the 2019 National Farm to School Network Annual Meeting
June 11, 2019 - The meeting was an opportunity to advance the farm to school and early childhood movement through partnerships, capacity building, and action. Participants were updated about the current state of the FTS movement nationally, the accomplishments over the past year, lessons learned, and the Network’s commitment to social justice and equity. We share some of the salient highlights.
2019 Farm to School and Early Childhood Day in Quotes
Mar. 11, 2019 - Farm to School champions gathered at the Vermont State House in Montpelier to advocate for the expansion of Vermont’s Farm to School and Early Childhood program and raise awareness of the positive impact of this program.
Celebrating School Breakfast
Mar. 4, 2018 - This month, the School Nutrition Association celebrates National School Breakfast Week. Vermont schools take seriously the notion that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and they’ve embraced serving breakfast to students in a variety of new and creative ways.
Vermont’s 2018 Farm to School Month Photo Recap
Nov. 12, 2018 - October was National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections happening all over the country between children and local food. Here is just a glimpse of a few ways the state celebrated Farm to School Month.
Vermonters Celebrate Farm to School Month & USDA Grant
Oct. 23, 2018 - Supporters of Farm to School in Vermont gathered Monday morning at Berlin Elementary School to celebrate National Farm to School Month, as well as the awarding of an USDA Grant to NOFA-VT to support Farm to School efforts in the state. The group also participated in a tour of the school garden, hosted by several of the students at the school.
2018 Farm to School Month
Oct. 10, 2018 - Find out what's happening in Vermont during Farm to School Month!
Action Team Update
May 28, 2018 - While schools and communities around the state have been cooking up great Farm to School activities all year, our Farm to School Network Action Teams have been busy tackling strategic projects that will help us reach our statewide goal. Read on for updates about the high impact projects our teams are taking on, and how you can get involved.
Governor Phil Scott Signs Proclamation for Vermont Farm to School Month
Nov. 1, 2017 - Farm to School Month kicked off in Vermont Monday, October 2, when Governor Phil Scott will signed a proclamation declaring October to be Vermont’s Farm to School Month in the Governor’s Ceremonial Offices at the Statehouse.
Governor Phil Scott Signs Farm to School Bill
Jun. 8, 2017 - Governor Phil Scott signed S.33, the Rozo McLaughlin Farm to School bill, which will further enhance Vermont’s Farm to School programming by expanding the program and setting new, ambitious goals for growth.
Stories from Vermont Farm to School Awareness Day 2017
Feb. 14, 2017 - Farm to School champions gathered at the Vermont State House in Montpelier to advocate for the expansion of Vermont’s Farm to School program and raise awareness of the positive impact Farm to School has on Vermont kids, our health, and the local economy. Here are just a few highlights from these testimonies.
I Support Farm to School Because...
Apr. 28, 2017 - At the 2017 Jr Iron Chef VT competition, we asked particpants, families, and spectators to tell us why they love Farm to School. Scroll through their inspiring responses!