Farm to School, Grow the Movement!
November 2-3, 2016
Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets and Vermont FEED, in partnership with the Vermont Farm to School Network, is hosting this statewide conference to bring together members and leaders of the farm to school community for two days of education, networking, and inspiration. The two-day Vermont Farm to School Conference was created to connect community stakeholders who are dedicated to bringing farm-fresh, local food to school cafeterias and promoting food, farm, and nutrition education.
The conference offers workshops and opportunities for both beginners and experts, attracting farmers, processors, distributors, child nutrition professionals, teachers, school administrators, government officials, policy makers, Farm to School (FTS) coordinators, advocates, and non-profit partners.
Goals of the VT Farm to School Conference:
- Strengthen the connections between the Classroom, Cafeteria, and Community and share best practices from across the state
- Strengthen the Vermont Farm to School Network and connect people so they envision themselves as part of the FTS Movement
- Widen the audience aligned with Vermont’s Farm to School goals and strategies
The conference is one of 74 projects spanning 39 states receiving support this year through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm to School Program, an effort to better connect school cafeterias and students with local farmers and ranchers.
What is Farm to School?
Thanks to our friends at VT FEED for this great definition:
Farm to school programs bring healthy food to children nationwide by connecting schools with local farms. The goals are to serve healthy meals in cafeterias; improve student nutrition; provide food, farm, and nutrition education opportunities; and help students establish a positive relationship with food that will last a lifetime. Farm to school also helps children connect the dots by showing them where their food comes from and how their food choices impact their bodies, the environment, and their communities at large.
Conference Planning Committee
This conference would not be possible without the following individuals:
- Ali Zipparo, Senior Agriculture Market Development Specialist & NFSN State Lead, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
- Abbey Willard, Local Foods Administrator, VT Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
- Betsy Rosenbluth, Project Director, Vermont FEED and Northeast Regional Lead for the National Farm to School Network, Shelburne Farms
- Abbie Nelson, NOFA-VT Food Education Systems Director and VT FEED Program Director
- Steven Marinelli, Food Service Director, Milton Town School District
- Chaunce Benedict, Former School Administrator
Conference logistics provided by:
A. Piper Creative
Sponsorship opportunities still available. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.