USDA Farm to School Program
USDA’s Farm to School Program is housed in the Food and Nutrition Service’s Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS). OCFS helps child nutrition program operators incorporate local foods in the National School Lunch Program and its associated programs, as well as the Summer Food Service Program and Child and Adult Care Food Program. In addition, OCFS staff works with tribal communities to respond to their desire to better incorporate traditional foods into our meal programs. OCFS accomplishes this through grant making, training and technical assistance and research.
VT Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture’s mission is to facilitate, support and encourage the growth and viability of agriculture, while protecting the working landscape, human health, animal health, plant health, consumers and the environment.
Learn more at: http://agriculture.vermont.gov/
VT Food Education Every Day
VT FEED raises awareness about healthy food, good nutrition, and the role of Vermont farms and farmers in helping sustain a healthy community.
VT FEED does this by helping to grow robust farm to school programs, acting as a catalyst for rebuilding healthy food systems, and cultivating links between classrooms, cafeterias, communities, and local farms. Founded in 2000, VT FEED is a project that grew out of the partnership between three Vermont nonprofit organizations with a long history in sustainable agriculture: Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT), Shelburne Farms, and FoodWorks at Two Rivers Center. VT FEED is currently managed by NOFA-VT and Shelburne Farms.
Learn more at: http://vtfeed.org/
VT Farm to School Network
Vermont Farm to School Network provides statewide leadership, coordination, and advocacy to advance new and existing farm to school efforts in Vermont classrooms, cafeterias, and communities.
Its vision is that every Vermont student and school community is engaged in a local food and farm culture that nurtures children’s health, cultivates viable farms, and builds vibrant communities.
The Vermont Farm to School Network collaborates on a range of projects that help to strategically expand farm to school work in Vermont. At the heart of its collaboration was a strategic mapping process, completed in 2014, that helped identify leverage points and opportunities to collectively advance its work. Dig in to learn more about that process and their strategy, or the collaborative projects that they are taking on.
Learn more at: http://vermontfarmtoschool.org/
Meadows Bee Farm