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Update from F2P ~ October 2012

Don't Miss Share the Harvest - TOMORROW! 

Thursday October 4, 2012 at Participating Restaurants, Cafes, and Food Stores around Vermont

Enjoy a meal or shopping at participating restaurants, cafes and food stores around the state who will donate a portion of sales on this day to NOFA-Vermont's Farm Share Program. For more information and for a list of participating businesses, please visit NOFA-VT's website.

Farm to Plate Strategic Plan Updatef2p chapter 2

The Farm to Plate Strategic Plan Chapter Two -- Getting to 2020: Goals for Strengthening Vermont's Food System - was recently revised and republished. This new version graphically depicts trends and provides a clearer snapshot of how our food system is progressing. We were able to reduce the number of goals from 33 to 25 without losing the essence of the original Farm to Plate goals. This new chapter is also being used to develop an indicators dashboard for the Vermont Food System Atlas (to be launched in January, 2013).

Stay tuned for the Beer and Wine section about to be published!

Vermont Food System Funding Opportunities

Vermont Local Food Market Development Grant Program

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets announces the availability of matching grant funds for enhancing local producer access or expansion to institutional market outlets in Vermont. For more information, eligibility criteria, and application instructions and materials, visit www.vermontagriculture.com or contact Abbey Willard at (802) 828-3829 or  abbey.willard@state.vt.us.

Vermont Launches Working Lands Enterprise Fund and Initiative  

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets announced the creation of the Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB), a newly appointed board which will execute a fast-paced timeline to support investment in Vermont's working landscape. Click here to read the full Act, "An act relating to preserving Vermont's working landscape." To stay informed on the initiative, visit the Vermont Council on Rural Development partnership page. For more information on the Working Lands Enterprise Board or how to apply for funds, contact Noelle Sevoian at the Agency of Agriculture at (802) 578-9072 or noelle.sevoian@state.vt.us.

Vermont Farm to School Grants Available

The fall round of Implementation and Planning/Pilot grants is now open. The applications along with some examples are available on the agency website.

Vermont Food System Education News

Vermont Technical College Awarded $3.4 Million to Support Applied Agriculture and Food Systems Institute

Congratulations to VT Technical College which has been awarded a $3.4 million grant to support its newly launched Vermont Applied Agriculture and Food Systems Institute which will provide education, training, and certificates for agriculture and food production careers. Click here for the full article in VT Digger. 

Hannaford Career Center to Offer Certification and Training for Meat Cutters

Hannaford Career Center is offering several courses to train and certify skilled butchers and meat cutters starting this fall. This is a special partnership between the Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury, Vermont Technical College and at least two meat processing plants. It was funded by a grant from the 2011 Jobs Bill. For more information, visit  the Hannaford Career Center's website.

Vermont Farm to School Salons

Vermont Farm to School Salons combine delicious local food and juicy conversation about the current essential questions of the farm to school movement and will take place in living rooms of practitioners throughout Vermont during fall 2012 and winter/spring 2013. If you'd like to host a Salon in your area, contact Anne Bijur from Vermont FEED at abijur@shelburnefarms.org or (802) 985-0318.

Other Food System News

Join Hunger Free Vermont and Take the 3SquaresVT Challenge this November!

Did you know that 97,000 Vermonters participate in 3SquaresVT, a federal nutrition program that gives low-income households money each month for food? While this program makes a huge difference in the lives of many Vermonters, sometimes the benefits are too low to allow households to purchase nutritious food on a consistent basis. The average participant receives just $1.80 per meal from 3SquaresVT. This November 11-17, during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, take the 3SquaresVT Challenge and try to live on a strict food budget of just $1.80 per meal. Visit Hunger Free Vermont to sign up to take the Challenge, "Like" the Challenge on Facebook to learn shopping and cooking tips, and to share your experience!

Fifth Annual Tour de Farms a Success!

On September 26, 2012, 500 cyclists and walkers participated in the 2012 Tour de Farms. For a full recap, visit the Tour de Farms website.

Upcoming Events

Pasture Reclamation Workshop Series

UVM Extension is coordinating three workshops focusing on pasture reclamation. There is one remaining workshop in the series:

  • New Farming Infrastructure From the Soil Up
    Thursday October 11, 2012 from 4-6:30pm
    1484 Tower Road, Barnard

Joseph and Amy Morel are landowners and cattle grazers who are cooperating with other local farmers to provide high-quality food for their community from the soil up.  Cost: $5 VGFA members / $10 non-members.  Register here.

Growing Places (New Farmer Project)

October 9, 16, 23, and 30
Morrisville, Berlin, and Brattleboro

Growing Places is for individuals who are considering starting an agriculture or natural resource-based business. For more information or to register, contact Jessie Schmidt at (802) 223-2389 or jessica.a.schmidt@uvm.edu. Cost: $135.

Sheep Festival

Sunday October 7 from 11am-4pm
Green Acres Farm, Pittsford

This festival will feature a dog herding show, sheep shearing, wool crafts, felting, spinning, weaving, and a chance to learn about the history of the sheep industry in Vermont. For more information, visit their website or contact Sue Carey at suesmysercarey@hotmail.com. Cost: free.

Taking Stock

Early registration is October 11 / Deadline is October 25 (Classes are November 1, 8, and 15)
UVM Extension Offices, Comstock Road, Berlin

These classes help experienced farmers to do a progress check and assistance with planning, setting goals, cash management, and owner/manager role refinement. For more information and to register, contact Jessie Schmidt at (802) 223-2389 or jessica.a.schmidt@uvm.edu. Cost: $100-$135.

Food Export Seminar

Thursday October 11 from 5-7pm
Food Venture Center, Hardwick

Learn about exporting resources and financial assistance for your business, and hear from a panel of experienced exporters from Vermont. Please contact Kathryn Arnoldy with any questions at Arnoldy@state.vt.us. Cost: free.

Third Annual CiderFest

Saturday October 13, 2012 from 3-7pm
Champlain Orchards, Shoreham

Come sample ice ciders, hard cider, apple wines and beers in a Champlain Valley setting at the third annual Ciderfest. There will be live music and a variety of locally-made food to sample. Tickets: $18. For more information, visit  www.champlainorchards.com or contact Jen Abbey at (802) 897-2777 ext. 301 or jen@champlainorchards.com.

Child Nutrition- Training - Part 1:  Menu Clinic

Friday October 12 from 3-5:30pm
Franklin Room at the Howe Center, Rutland

To help schools transition to the new Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act Nutrition Standards guidelines, Child Nutrition Programs is offering this clinic. Please bring copies of your current menus and menu planning material as we will be practicing creating menus. To register or for more information, email cheryl.barrows@state.vt.us.

Green Mountain Farm to School Fundraising Dinner

Saturday October 13, 2012 from 5-8pm
Westfield Community Center, Westfield

GMFTS is holding its fifth annual Fundraiser Dinner, featuring a reception with appetizers, local wine tasting, a multi-course local food dinner, silent auction, and live music. Cost: $45 per person. BYOB. Tickets can be purchased online.

Bounty of the County

Saturday October 13, 2012 from 5pm
Tourterelle, Route 7, New Haven

ACORN is partnering with Tourterelle to serve a buffet-style dinner featuring food grown in Addison County to support the Farm to School program. Get more information and register here. Cost: $25 to $75 per person.

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service Panel Discussion

Tuesday October 16, 2012 from 6-8pm (with optional tour at 5pm)
Cobb Hill Common House, Linden Road, Hartland

Jason Fleury, VT Soil Conservationist, and Beth Ann Finlay, NH District Conservationist, will highlight NRCS programs and practices that agricultural producers can access to address natural resource concerns. For more information or questions about the event contact Becka Warren at  becka@vitalcommunities.org.

Soil Quality Workshops

Workshops will be led by Ray Archuleta, Conservation Agronomist from the East Region Technology Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. Workshops will include identifying soil quality characteristics, learning about the benefits of soil quality improvements, and implementation. Cost: free. Lunch is provided. Please bring boots and outdoor wear. RSVP to Leslie.Hendricks@vt.usda.gov or 802-951-6796 ext. 222.

  • October 15, 2012
    From 9am-3:30pm
    Swanton Village Complex, 120 First Street, Swanton
  • October 16, 2012
    From 10am-4:30pm
    1949 East Main St. (Route 2), Richmond
  • October 18, 2012
    From 9am-3:30pm
    American Legion Post, 49 Wilson Road, Middlebury

Westminster Artisan Cheese - Affinage: Techniques, Microbes and Facilities

October 18-20
The Congregational Church of Westminster West, Westminster

Explore the craft of making and ripening cheese in a three-day workshop led by experienced cheese makers. For more information, click here or contact Peter or Rachel at (802) 387-4041 or  westminsterartisan@gmail.com. Cost: $500.

Building a Sustainable Business

December 5, 12, & 19, and January 9, 16, 23 & 30, from 1-4pm
Berlin, Middlebury, Morrisville, and White River Junction    

The Building a Sustainable Business course guides participants through developing a business plan for farms businesses.  For more information or to register, click here or contact Jessie Schmidt at jessica.a.schmidt@uvm.edu. Cost is $150 or $175. Scholarships and financial aid are available to those who are eligible. 

Vermont School Nutrition Association Fall Conference

October 21 and 22, all day
Doubletree Conference Center, South Burlington

This annual conference has expanded to 2 days and features inspirational keynote speakers and a wide variety of workshops. For more information, click here or contact Abbie Nelson at abbie@nofavt.org or (802) 434-4122.

UVM Extension New Farmer Project: Direct Market Pricing Clinics for Farmers

These free one-day clinics will provide hands-on opportunities to learn about various cost-based pricing techniques using your own production and financial data.Register at http://www.uvm.edu/farmpricing/sign-2012-pricing-clinics.

  • October 23
    From 9:30am-3:30pm
    Montpelier

  • October 25
    From 9:30am-3:30pm
    Randolph

Beehive Design/Build

October 27-28
Yestermorrow Design/Build School, Waitsfield

This class will analyze natural beehive structure and look at the different styles of human-made hives, and will guide students to building their own hive. For more information or to register, visit  click here or contact Abby Martin at (802) 496-5545 or  outreach@yestermorrow.org.

Vermont Food System and Sustainable Energy Jobs

Regulatory Policy Analyst, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

ANR is seeking to fill the position of Regulatory Policy Analyst. This position plans, develops, coordinates and oversees integrated processes by which the ANR and other Agencies in State Government review projects in the land use regulatory process, including Act 250 and Section 248 of Title 30. Applications are only accepted online. Reference posting #30947. Application Deadline is October 10, 2012.

Professional Development/Educator, Shelburne Farms

This team member will work on the development and coordination of programs for educators. For more information and a full job description, visit  www.shelburnefarms.org or send cover letter and resume to jobs@shelburnefarms.org.

Vermont Foodbank Field Representative, Northern Region

Part-time, year-round. Located at the VFB Wolcott distribution center. Responsible for the Gleaning program and working closely with our network partners to increase access to fresh produce. Oversee volunteers. Contact us for complete job descriptions at fchittenden@vtfoodbank.org. Send resume and cover by October 12, 2012 to the Vermont Foodbank, HR Department, 33 Parker Road, Barre VT  05641. E.O.E.

Other Tidbits

Pick Your Own Apples!

With so many wonderful ways to enjoy apples this season, why not visit a local orchard and pick your own? Here is a list of some Vermont orchards for picking and purchasing apples. Thanks to Vital Communities for providing this list! For a listing of all pick-your-own farms and orchards in Vermont visit www.vermontapples.org

Dwight Miller and Sons Orchard, East Dummerston    

Flag Hill Farm - Vermont Hard Cyder, Vershire    

Liberty Orchard, Brookfield 

Moore's Orchard, Sherburne Farm North Pomfret

Too Little Farm, Barnet  

Wellwood Orchards, Springfield  

Wild Hill Organics, West Fairlee 

Mile Hill Farm, Springfield

Morning Star Perennials & Nursery, Rockingham   

Scott Farm, Dummerston   

Westhaven Farm, Bethel

Vermont Yak Company For Sale

The Vermont Yak Company has a herd of approximately 50 pure bred yaks and a robust meat business for sale. For more information, please contact Kate Williams at the Northern Forest Canoe Trail at (802) 496-2285 ext. 1.