Farm to Plate Network
Welcome to the Farm to Plate Network!
With 25 goals in the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan there’s a lot of work to be done over the next 10 years. No single farm, business, nonprofit organization or state agency is going to be able to pull this off on our own. We need everyone working together in a more coordinated way, if we’re going to be successful. To that end, the F2P Network is the vehicle for coordinated action among food system stakeholders.
The F2P Network is made up of many organizations, businesses, and agencies working together to implement the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan. Working Groups have already been formed and have started to coordinate their actions around six key leverage areas:
- Consumer Education and Marketing;
- Education and Workforce Development;
- Farmland Access and Land Use;
- Aggregation and Distribution;
- Dairy Development;
- Technical Assistance for Producers and Processors
The purpose of the F2P Network is to coordinate action among organizations across Vermont to achieve the 25 goals outlined in the F2P Strategic Plan, and to enhance the ability of participating organizations to meet their goals. Membership in the Network is open to all farms, food enterprises, and food system related trade associations, coops, public agencies, nonprofit organizations, private funders, and community groups. F2P Network members agree to work towards the F2P’s 25 goals, share information, and participate in at least one Working Group, Task Force or Crosscutting Team.
Steering Committee Members:
- Chuck Ross, Secretary of Agriculture
- Lawrence Miller, Secretary of Commerce
- Len Bull, Vermont Agriculture Development Board
- Stacy Burnstein, Vermont Food Funders Network
- Jane Clifford, Chair, Dairy Development Working Group
- Dan Smith, Co-Chair, Education and Workforce Development Working Group
- Ela Chapin, Chair, Technical Assistance to Producers and Processors Working Group
- Tara Kelly, Chair, Aggregation and Distribution Working Group
- Jill Arace, Co-Chair, Farmland Access and Land Use Working Group
- Cheryl King Fischer, Co-Chair, Consumer Education and Marketing Working Group
- Erica Campbell, Farm to Plate Program Director
- Ellen Kahler, VSJF Executive Director
If you'd like to learn more about the Network or sign up for a Working Group, please contact Erica at farm2plate[at]vsjf.org or call 802-828-3745.
F2P Network Launched at Two Day Conference
On October 3 and 4, 2011, Governor Peter Shumlin, state agency administrators, and about 150 food system leaders from across the state met to launch the Farm to Plate Network. The two day gathering was facilitated by Beth Tener and Curtis Ogden whom we have engaged as network development trainers. On October 3rd, participants heard from Governor Shumlin, Secretary Chuck Ross, and Secretary Lawrence Miller about the Administration's commitment to supporting the implementation of the F2P Plan. Representatives from Vermont's Congressional delegation talked about the status of the 2012 Farm Bill. And participants learned about the importance and proper functioning of networks.
The next day, food system leaders spent most of the day in Working Groups and Cross-Cutting Teams, rolling up their sleeves to begin the important work of developing a game plan and timeline for implementing high priority strategies, tracking our combined progress over time towards the 25 goals, and developing the financial resources needed to do this work.
Watch the short videos below as F2P Networkers talk about the strengths and attributes of Vermont's local food networks and collaborations.
Allen Freund gives his impressions of two kinds of successful network collaborations at the Farm to Plate Network Gathering, October 2011.
Jean Hamilton talks about successful networks at the Farm to Plate Network Gathering, October 2011.
Natalia and Brendan describe what it takes to build successful collaborations to establish community policies for anti-bias policing to protect Vermont's migrant farmworkers, Farm to Plate Network Gathering, October 2011.
Eleanor Tison talks about the value of face-to-face networking and building connections to grow Vermont's food system, Farm to Plate Network Gathering, October 2011.