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June 11, 2015 - Vermont FEED Expands Farm to School Institute Regionally
Thirteen Northeastern school teams selected to build their farm, food & nutrition programming   SHELBURNE, VT– For the first time, Vermont FEED is expanding its pioneering Farm to School Institute to school teams from across New...
June 4, 2015 - FEED Teams up for Spring Workshops
We’re on the road! FEED offers trainings and support to food service staff, teachers, administrators and community members who want to take their Farm to School programming to the next level. This spring we teamed up with organizations around...
June 1, 2015 - New School Cuisine: Arugula Lemon Pesto Pasta Salad
April showers bring… spring greens! Here’s a great recipe that brings out the bright, fresh tastes of spring and puts to use our first green shoots. Ingredients (50 servings): Water – 6 gallons Salt – 3 T + 1 t, divided...
May 28, 2015 - Healthy & Happy You: Mountain Days
By Alan Cunningham, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Many know Vermont as a winter wonderland, ideal for skiing and snowboarding and blanketed with snow. But after months of cold and often too much couch-sitting, summer is a gift to our spirits...
May 24, 2015 - Spotlight: Missisquoi Valley Union Beefs Up Farm to School Through FTS Institute
How do you beef up your Farm to School connections?Just ask Missisquoi Valley Union in Swanton, VT. Students in MVUHS’s Animal Science program raised beef cattle last year, which supplied ground beef to the cafeteria. The school lunch program...
May 6, 2015 - New Online 'Recipes for Success' Compilation Shares Top FTS Projects & Ideas
Recipes for Success contest and new online “cookbook” of projects & activities feature Vermont projects  Shelburne, VT – All across the Northeast, Farm to School programming is helping to grow healthier kids and...
May 5, 2015 - FEED Represented at National USDA Farm to School Grantee Gathering
VT FEED Program Director Abbie Nelson traveled to Denver this month to represent FEED at a national gathering of USDA Farm to School grantees. The two-day event was an opportunity to hear about best practices and national trends in Farm to School...
April 18, 2015 - First Northeast Farm to Institution Summit Draws a Crowd
More than 600 people flocked to Amherst, MA in April for the first Northeast Farm to Institution Summit, supported in part by a USDA Farm to School grant. The Summit brought together leaders who are working to increase the amount of local and...
April 13, 2015 - Jr Iron Chefs Honored at State House
Last month, more than 300 middle and high school students turned up the heat in the 9th Annual Jr Iron Chef Vermont competition. They sliced and diced, stirred and sauteed. And this month, their efforts were lauded (and tasted!) at the Vermont State...
March 23, 2015 - Announcing 2015 Jr Iron Chef Vermont Winners!
More than 300 students on 61 teams rocked the 8th annual Jr Iron Chef Vermont competition! They encouraged each other, impressed the judges, and inspired a great crowd of supporters. Congratulations to this year's winning teams! Check out their...
March 9, 2015 - FEED Teams up with SNA-VT to Offer Spring Culinary Workshops
School Nutrition Association of Vermont (SNA-VT), Vermont Food Education Every Day (VT FEED), the Vermont Department of Health, and King Arthur Flour are teaming up to offer six regional workshops designed to help child nutrition professionals:...
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 26, 2015 - Over 300 Students to Compete in 8th Annual Jr Iron Chef VT Competition
Ready, set, chop! On Saturday, March 21, 65 middle and high school teams will compete in the state’s eighth annual Junior Iron Chef VT. This local foods cooking challenge empowers youth to connect with where food comes from, healthy eating,...
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...

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