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February 26, 2015 - Get Out and Get Active at BCBSVT Snow Days!
Most people associate the winter months with a lessened amount of physical activity. Yes, many hit the slopes or go for the occasional run. Yet, it isn’t as easy as getting outside during the summer months by hopping on a bike or tossing a...
February 25, 2015 - Leahy Introduces New Farm to School Act Bill
Leahy, Cochran Introduce Bill To Renew And Expand Emerging Farm To School Efforts  . . . Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill Will Reauthorize Farm To School Program . . . Leahy-Authored Program Has Helped Make Vermont A National Leader In Pairing...
February 17, 2015 - Spotlight: Sharon Jr Iron Chefs Start Young
By Jennifer Whitman / Vera Chang photo Pull off Interstate 89 at Exit 2 and you will find yourself in the small town of Sharon, Vermont, home to a population of just under 2,000 people. And, of course, the Shredders and the Slicers –  ...
February 16, 2015 - In Their Own Words: Future Food & Farm Leaders
What's the best thing about their food & farm programs? "I get to go outside and do something relevant," said Julia Eastham of Rockpoint School, "Because school doesn't always seem relevant." NOFA-VT's Winter...
February 10, 2015 - Enter the F2S Recipes for Success Contest
Learn more & enter here > The Northeast Regional Steering Committee (RSC) of the National Farm to School Network is looking for some great recipes – recipes for farm to school success! Enter by March 2nd for a chance at $500...
February 4, 2015 - Spotlight: Putney Jr Iron Chefs Partner with Professional Chef
by Jordan Gechtman Kristina Israel is like a well-balanced dinner; she brings a little bit of everything to the table. From her marketing and outreach position with the Putney Food Co-op, founding role in  the Putney Farmers Market, and helpful...
February 3, 2015 - Free Webinars on Selling to School Meal Programs
School meals programs represent a big marketing opportunity for Vermont producers and suppliers, purchasing more than $15 million worth of food and supplies last year. However these programs must follow strict federal and state requirements for...
January 28, 2015 - Join FEED at the Statehouse for FTS Awareness Day
Vermont FEED will be joining members of the Vermont Farm to School Network and Agency of Agriculture tomorrow for the annual Farm to School Awareness Day! This event helps to reinforce why Farm to School is so important to the State of Vermont, and...
January 14, 2015 - Apply for the 2015-2016 Northeast Farm to School Institute!
Want to grow a thriving Farm to School program in your school? Learn how to get more local foods into the cafeteria? Develop a garden curriculum? Involve the community? The Farm to School Institute is back, and thanks to a USDA Farm to School Grant...
January 7, 2015 - Spotlight: Bethel Jr Iron Chefs Connect with Local Farmers
by Brendan Kilpatrick As they prepared for the 2014 Jr Iron Chef VT competition, Whitcomb Junior/Senior High School teams acquired more than just great recipes and cooking skills. They picked up confidence, some enduring friendships, and inspiring...
December 15, 2014 - Cookbook Authors Abbie Nelson, Kathy Alexander Featured in Radio Interview
More than a year after publication, our cookbook (New School Cuisine) is still making waves! Radio waves, that is - VT FEED's Abbie Nelson and Addison Northeast Supervisory Union Food Service Cooperative's Kathy Alexander were featured today...
December 4, 2014 - Vermont Food Education Every Day Awarded $100K USDA Grant to Connect Schools and Local Farms in the Northeast
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact:  Vera Chang, vchang@shelburnefarms.org (link sends e-mail), 917.846.1865 Shelburne, VT, December 4, 2014 – Vermont Food Education Every Day (VT FEED) is pleased to announce that a $100,000 grant...
November 24, 2014 - FEED Teams up with Top Chefs for Culinary Training
Who says an old cook can't learn new tricks? VT FEED is teaming up with School Nutrition Association of Vermont and New England Culinary Institute this fall to offer to a series of regional culinary skills trainings. The two trainings, "...
November 18, 2014 - 10 Top Tips for Marketing Local Food in School Meals
by Amanda Comai Food service directors have a lot on their plates. They are hard at work creating healthy meals with more local foods and scratch cooking. But with limited time and budgets, most agree that effectively marketing school meals –...
November 18, 2014 - Healthy and Happy You: Beating the Sugar Blues
by Allyson Bartlett, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont As the seasons change, so does behavior. When sun exposure drops during the colder months, people tend to be less active and crave comfort foods. It’s important to monitor your mood...
November 16, 2014 - Spotlight: Twin Valley Jr. Iron Chefs Top the Compeition Again - and Again
by Cat Mullin Each year, teams from Twin Valley Middle and High Schools walk into the Jr Iron Chef VT competition with confidence and skill, and more often than not, they walk out with a victory. How do they do it? According to head coach Lonny...
November 1, 2014 - Congratulations to the F2SLove Photo Contest Winners!
Mushrooms and carrots, cooking classes and garden parties, silly hats and silly faces... the Farm to School Love photo contest brought out the best of what we all love about Farm to School. We're thrilled to announce the three contest winners:...
October 23, 2014 - Where's the Beef?
“While the farm-to-school movement has made great strides getting local produce from apples to broccoli into the schools, milk and beef face their own set of hurdles despite their apparent abundance and prominence in Vermont’s...
October 21, 2014 - VT Schools Celebrate Healthy Food, Kids & Communities with National Farm to School Month
Activities in schools around the State showcase benefits of farm to school programs   Shelburne, VT– October is National Farm to School month, and schools around the state are reaping the benefits! With a host of harvest festivals and...
October 4, 2014 - Enter the Farm to School Love Photo Contest
Enter & vote here > Get those cameras ready! VT FEED is running a "Farm to School Love" photo contest this month in honor of National Farm to School month. Anyone involved with a Northeast Farm to School program is eligible to...
October 2, 2014 - Strange Bedfellows: Growing Farm to School Through Unlikely Partnerships
This post originally appeared on the National Farm to School Network blog and is reposted here by permission. by Betsy Rosenbluth Kelp growers. Hospitals. Chefs. Mental health agencies. Food shelves. What do all of these have in common? You might...
September 30, 2014 - VT Farm to School Grants Available
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets has announced $49,000 of available funding for Vermont schools interested in Farm to School programing. Any Vermont school, consortium of schools, or school district interested in a Farm to School...
August 13, 2014 - Cookbook & Amy Gifford Featured on Radio Program
Listen in as Amy Gifford is interviewed on "The Attitude with Arnie Arnesen" about VT FEED, involving kids in cooking & food education, and New School Cuisine. Amy's interview starts around minute 13:00. Listen to the interview...
August 13, 2014 - Savvy Summer Meals
by Amy Gifford On a warm day in July, Kathy parked her Ford and started unloading fresh summer fare with local flair: tuna salad with celery, macaroni salad, pepper strips, and watermelon. Even though Kathy was early, a crowd was waiting for her,...
August 13, 2014 - Farm to School Profile: Peter Allison
by Rebecca Sanborn Stone If Peter Allison were a vegetable, he’d be a beet. (And not just because it rhymes with Pete.) What’s not to love? It’s great raw, pickled and cooked. It stores well and gets your hands all red. It grows...
August 1, 2014 - Sen. Leahy Shares New School Cuisine Cookbook with White House
Senator Patrick Leahy Shares FEED's New School Cuisine Cookbook with Congress & the White House   We know that kids love the healthy, local recipes from our New School Cuisine Cookbook. But it turns out senators love them too! Vermont...
June 19, 2014 - 11 Schools Selected for Statewide 2014-2015 Farm to School Institute
Professional development program will help schools develop food, farm and nutrition curriculum and serve more local foods in cafeterias   Shelburne, VT– Eleven Vermont schools have just been selected to join the 2014-2015 Vermont Food...
May 23, 2014 - Cafeteria Cooking: A New Era in Vermont Schools
5/1/14 - Vermont's Local Banquet features New School Cuisine: Nutritious and Seasonal Recipes for School Cooks by School Cooks. Read the full story >  View the full issue >
May 13, 2014 - Blog post about Fayston's Localvore Taste Test with FEED
Read this great blog post by Lisa Barnes about a Localvore Taste Test with Fayston Elementary students. Mad River Localvores tells the story of creating healthy, local recipes and building a school culture around trying new foods and valuing local...
May 1, 2014 - Farm to School Programs Grow in Region
5/1/14 - The Keene Sentinel covers expanding farm to school programs in Vermont and New Hampshire using the "3 Cs" approach. Read full article >

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