Current Projects

Vermont FEED raises awareness about healthy food, good nutrition and the role of farms and farmers in creating healthy food systems. Learn more about our programs below and contact us for more information.
VERMONT FARM TO SCHOOL INSTITUTE

The Farm to School Institute is a FREE 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.

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

Questions? Contact Ethan Bodin at 802-985-0331 or ebodin@shelburnefarms.org.

VT FEED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSES

We offer credit-bearing graduate level courses to schools and communities around the state. Currently we are offering a Farm to School Curriculum Connections course in partnership with a regional FTS group:

Please contact Ethan Bodin at at 802-985-0331 or ebodin@shelburnefarms.org with questions or if your school would like to host a professional development course.

FARM TO INSTITUTION RESEARCH

Through its partnership with Vermont FEED, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT), works to support both ends of the food supply chain for schools and other institutions by:

  1. Working with institutions to develop and market a tiered buying approach to significantly grow their local and regional food purchasing, and
  2. Providing technical assistance to farmers to assess the wholesale market and if and how it fits for their business.

We continue to play a leadership role in both statewide and Northeast Farm to Institution networking and development through convening, relationship-building, and providing educational opportunities. For more information on other Farm to Institution projects in New England, visit the FINE website. Questions? Contact Abbie Nelson at 802-434-4122 or abbie@nofavt.org.

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. Questions? Contact Amy Gifford at 802-434-4122 or amy@nofavt.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. Questions? Contact Dana Hudson at dhudson@shelburnefarms.org.

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 Betsy Rosenbluth at 802-985-0318 or brosenbluth@shelburnefarms.org.


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