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April 22, 2014 - Jr. Iron Chefs Demonstrate Cooking Skills & The Power of Local Foods for Legislature
On a damp day in early April, the Vermont State House cafeteria smelled of roasting tomatoes and chopped cilantro, and sautéed garlic and root vegetables. But it wasn’t coming from the kitchen. Two dozen middle and high school students were...
March 20, 2014 - 2014-2015 Farm to School Application Deadline Extended!
2014-2015 Farm to School Application Deadline Extended until April 11! 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...
March 13, 2014 - 64 Teams to Compete in 7th Annual Junior Iron Chef Culinary Competition
Ready, set, chop! On Saturday, March 22, over 270 middle and high school students will compete in the state’s seventh annual Junior Iron Chef competition. This year, organizers are taking the program to new heights. In 2008, Vermont Food...
January 4, 2014 - VT school cooks share recipes in new cookbook
Read the Associated Press coverage of our new cookbook in Boston.com. Download a pdf of the article here.
November 5, 2013 - New School Cookbook Offers Kid-Tested, Healthy School Meal Options
Read the the Bennington Banner article about our new school cookbook. Click here to download a pdf of the article.
October 18, 2013 - VPR Cafe Features New School Cookbook
Tune in to VPR Cafe hear VPR reporter, Melissa Pasenen, discuss the release of New School Cuisine: Nutritious and Seasonal Recipes for School Cooks by School Cooks. The Cookbook is now available to download for FREE on our Tools page.
October 18, 2013 - $75,000 available for farm to school funding in Vermont
Read about it here in boston.com.
October 15, 2013 - Northfield Educator is Vermont Teacher of the Year
Luke Foley, a recent graduate of a Vermont FEED course, is named Vermont Teacher of the Year.  Read about it in the Burlington Free Press.
March 29, 2013 - VT school chefs share healthy recipes kids will eat
Check out this WCAX story on our recipe development process for a new school food service cookbook coming to you this fall. The cookbook will feature seasonal, Vermont and New England-grown foods and kid-approved recipes that follow the new Federal...
December 13, 2012 - VT Farm to School Gets Big Boost
Vermont Farm to School Programs announced $579,000 in grants towards program development statewide at a press event at Milton Elementary School. The funding comes from fours sources: the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, the Vermont Department of...
December 4, 2012 - VT FEED featured in Vermont Magazine
Click here to download the article "Shelburne Farms: Weaving a Web of Partnerships in Sustainability Education," by Nancy Humphrey Case, that features Vermont FEED in Vermont Magazine's November/December 2012 issue.
September 5, 2012 - Shelburne Farms is Hiring a Professional Development Educator - Closed
Shelburne Farms is seeking an education team member who works on the development and coordination of programs for educators with a focus on education for sustainability, food systems, place-based learning, and service-learning. Title: ...
August 10, 2012 - The "Nutrition Magicians"
Long a leader in the farm-to-cafeteria movement, Vermont holds a national gathering to share ideas as the program explodes in popularity. Read the Burlington Free Press coverage of the National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, hosted by the National...
August 5, 2012 - National Farm to Cafeteria Conference huge success
Watch WCAX news to get a taste of the National Farm to Cafeteria Conference held this past week from August 2-5 at the University of Vermont in Burlington. Farm to School programs are now in over 10,000 schools across the nation and that number is...
July 7, 2012 - Learning About Nutrition
Nutrition Education in the Spotlight at Shelburne Farms Want to know why teams from 10 schools around Vermont came to Shelburne Farms for three days to learn about Nutrition? Click here to read Lynn Monty's article in the Burlington Free Press...
May 14, 2012 - VT FEED Director Featured on Equal Time Radio Show
Farm-to-School Makes Kids Enthusiastic About Local Veggies, Builds Markets for Farmers Learn about Farm to School in Vermont from Abbie Nelson, Vermont FEED Director, as interviewed by Equal Time Radio. Hear about our "3Cs" model for...
May 14, 2012 - Junior Iron Chef team Serves Entire School
Read Hunger Free Vermont's blog about the Camel's Hump Junior Iron Chef team's participation in their Learning Kitchen program. They received final diplomas after serving their beautiful three-tiered potato salad at a school-wide taste...
April 12, 2012 - Junior Iron Chefs Take Their Win to the Statehouse
Young chefs take their win to the Statehouse It’s not every day that Vermont’s legislators get to enjoy a Statehouse meal prepared by award-winning chefs – and even rarer for those chefs to be Vermont middle and high school...
February 21, 2012 - VT FEED crafts recommendations for improving Farm Bill Nutrition Title
Did you know that one in seven Vermonters is food insecure? That means they don't have access to enough food to lead an active, healthy life. The re-authorization of the Farm Bill provides an opportunity to help end hunger in Vermont and across...
January 25, 2012 - School lunches get a local lift from Farm to School program
Fantastic interview with Koi Boynton of Vermont Agency of Agriculture on the Vermont Farm to School network meeting at the 2012 Farm Show and about Farm to School programs around the state. Click here to watch.
December 12, 2011 - VT FEED works with Addison schools to build healthy food programs
Five schools of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union are building momentum for farm to school programs. Abbie      Nelson, Director of VT FEED, recently facilitated a meeting to help the schools...
December 7, 2011 - Vermont ranked healthiest state in the nation
Dr. Harry Chen, Vermont’s health commissioner, cites robust farm to school programs as one of the reasons why the state boasts a healthier population than most but takes ranking "as a call to action to combat issues...
November 29, 2011 - Communities Take Root Program Accepting Applications to Win Community Orchard
The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF) is an award-winning international nonprofit charity dedicated to planting fruitful trees and plants to alleviate world hunger, combat global warming, strengthen communities, and improve the surrounding air,...
October 10, 2011 - Vermonters Celebrate Farm to School Month - October
Students throughout Vermont, from Windham County to Newport, are celebrating Farm to School Month in October and National School Lunch Week (October 10-14) with special menus and community feasts, themed events including a Locailvore Challenge in...
October 7, 2011 - Burlington School Food Project Highlighted in the School Nutrition Association's Tray Talk
The School Nutrition Association's Tray Talk features school food success stories. Burlington School Food Project is certainly a story to celebrate. Check out the video here.
September 27, 2011 - Deputy Ag. Sec. Kathleen Merrigan visits her hometown and talks about new initiatives for small farms
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Kathleen Merrigan visited Greenfield, Massachusetts to talk about her "Know your food, know your farmer" initiative and to hear an update on the "Farm to Institution New England" project....
September 19, 2011 - Schools take aim at growing Farm to School initiative
Full story and video WCAX A room that normally sees 310 hungry students daily was filled with teachers, administrators and farmers. They are looking to bring their worlds together for National Farm to School Month while tightening their belts at the...
September 9, 2011 - Vermont FEED is Hiring!
Vermont FEED Communications Outreach Coordinator The Communications Outreach Coordinator is a 32-hour per week position at Shelburne Farms. The Coordinator will work closely with VT FEED Director and partner organizations to plan and implement...
August 30, 2011 - Job Opening at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture: Agriculture Policy Administrator (Local Food Markets)
Overview: Administrative and professional work involving the research, development, and implementation of strategies to increase the profitability of Vermont farms through marketing opportunities. Duties involve interaction with local foods...
August 15, 2011 - USDA Announces Historic School Nutrition Improvements as Children Return to School
WASHINGTON, August 15, 2011 — Today, USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon hosted a conference call to highlight the historic school nutrition reforms and improvements that students and families will see in the new school year. The reforms,...