VERMONT FARM TO SCHOOL INSTITUTE
The Farm to School Institute is a year-long professional development opportunity offered to ten school teams in Vermont. Teams first gather for three days of learning and networking to develop a Farm to School action plan for their classrooms, cafeterias, and communities and then implement the plans, with support, over the following academic year. We hope to offer the Institute again in 2014 and are pursuing funding opportunities.
Benefits of participation include:
- Three-day residential training program at Shelburne Farms
- 16 hours of in-school mentoring during the academic year
- Development a Farm to School action plan
Please contact Danielle Piper at 802-498-8030 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
VT FEED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSES
We offer credit-bearing graduate level courses to schools and communities around the state. Please contact Danielle Pipher at at 802-498-8030 or email@example.com if your school would like to host a professional development course.
FARM TO INSTITUTION RESEARCH
Through its work with Vermont FEED, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT), is coordinating a statewide inventory and research to increase the volume and value of the wholesale market for Vermont-grown, perishable foods. Data will inform farms and food businesses how to scale up their services to meet the large-volume wholesale marketplace. This project builds on methods outlined in Vermont’s Farm to Plate Strategic Plan.
This research is funded by the Agriculture Innovation Center with matching funds from the High Meadows Foundation, the Lattner Foundation, and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. For more information on other Farm to Institution projects in New England, visit the FINE website.
JR IRON CHEF VT
Annually since 2006, VT FEED and the Burlington School Food Project host middle and high school students in the ever-popular Jr Iron Chef VT competition. Students gain hands-on experience preparing and cooking nutritious, farm-fresh foods. Student teams work with local chefs and farmers, school food service professionals, and teachers.
The 6th Annual Jr Iron Chef VT was a huge success with over 1,200 people filling the Champlain Valley Expo! Save the date for the 7th annual event on March 22, 2014. For more information, go to jrironchefvt.org.
FRESH FRUIT AND VEGETABLE PROGRAM
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is a federally assisted program providing free fresh fruits and vegetables to students in participating elementary schools during the school day. The goal of the FFVP is to improve children’s overall diet and create healthier eating habits to impact their present and future health.
Vermont FEED works in partnership with the Vermont Agency of Education and Green Mountain Farm to School to bring this important program to schools throughout Vermont. For information on the program in Vermont, click here and visit schoolmealsvt.com.
NORTHEAST REGIONAL LEAD AGENCY AND STATE LEAD FOR THE NATIONAL FARM TO SCHOOL NETWORK
As a liaison for the National Farm to School Network (NFSN), VT FEED facilitates the Northeast Regional Steering Committee sharing farm to school information throughout seven states (Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and New York). For more information, visit NFSN's website.
FARM TO INSTITUTION NEW ENGLAND
Farm to Institution New England -- FINE -- is a six-state collaboration that connects various institutions to producers of locally-grown foods. FINE encourages farmers and institutional buyers to develop sustainable and mutually-beneficial relationships that enhance the well-being of consumers and strengthen the regional agricultural economy. Vermont FEED serves on the Advisory Board of this growing program.
For more information, visit FINE's website.
COORDINATION OF THE VERMONT FARM TO SCHOOL NETWORK
Vermont FEED serves as the backbone organization for the Vermont Farm to School Network, coordinating the Steering Committee and statewide events as well as the listserv and website. For more information, visit vermontfarmtoschool.org or contact Anne Bijur at 802-985-0318 or firstname.lastname@example.org.