The Vermont Farm to School Network collaborates on a range of projects that help to strategically expand Farm to School work in Vermont. At the heart of our collaboration was a strategic mapping process, completed in 2014, that helped us identify leverage points and opportunities to collectively advance or work. Dig in to learn more about that process and our strategy, or the collaborative projects that we're taking on.
Find out more about the resources available and organizations involved in implementing Farm to School practices across Vermont. Whether you're taking first steps, looking to build upon existing programs, or curious about next steps this is a great place to start your research.
The Vermont Farm to School Network's Farm to School Coordinator Newsletter will help coordinate farm to school efforts from across the state and connect coordinators to the great farm to school resources and campaigns in Vermont and beyond.
What has Farm to School done for your school, your child, your classroom or your community? Hear what some of our statewide champions have to say. This video series is a project of a Network action team, which is collaborating to demonstrate the impact of Farm to School in our state.
In 2015, the Vermont Farm to School Network’s Economic Value Working Team partnered with the Center for Rural Studies (CRS) and the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont to measure the economic contribution and impacts of farm to school in Vermont. Previous to this study, the dollar value of local food purchased by Vermont schools had never been quantified. Please contact Ally Zipparo at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture for more information.
In 2014, more than 60 Vermont Farm to School leaders, stakeholders ands supporters came together to map the Farm to School system, identify strategic leverage points for change, and organize work teams to propel our work forward. Check out the story of that process, the system map, and our progress.
A primary goal of the Network is to help more Vermont students access healthy school meals, but let's face it - cafeteria food has a bad rap. One Network action team launched a pilot project to develop marketing materials and support for food service directors, show just how far school food has come.