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VT Farm to School Community Newsletter

Resources to support your farm to school coordination needs
 
Brought to you by members of the Vermont Farm to School Network


Featured Vermont Farm to School Story
VT FTS Network Launches Campaign for more Funding from Legislature - Join Today!
The Vermont Farm to School Network is launching a campaign to encourage the state Legislature to support $500,000 in funding to expand access to farm to school programs in more Vermont schools, increase participation in child nutrition programs, and include childcare in Vermont's farm to school programming.

"We are in the process of building support from community members by collecting supporter cards to send to legislators," said Betsy Rosenbluth, project director, Vermont FEED (Food Education Every Day), in an email to the Network.

Anyone can get involved by filling out a card of support and helping to collect cards from others who believe farm to school should be further funded in Vermont.

The farm to school card of support can be filled out online (scroll to the bottom of the page) or can be printed then scanned and emailed to cindy@action-circles.com or mailed to Vermont Farm to School, c/o PO Box 551, Montpelier, VT 05601.

In addition to the card of support, organizations across Vermont can sign-on to the campaign letter to show Vermont policy makers the broad range of support for farm to school expansion. The sign-on letter must be printed then scanned and emailed to cindy@action-circles.com. Supporters are also encouraged to send letters to the editor to local papers in their area.

In addition to Vermont Farm to School Network's campaign to expand funding for farm to school throughout the state, there will also be a Farm to School Awareness Day on February 8 at the Statehouse in Montpelier beginning at 11 AM. For more information visit the event page.

Professional Development Opportunities 


Feb. 18-20
NOFA Winter Conference
"Beyond Borders: Our Role in the Global Food Movement"
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT
More information


April 5-7
"New England Farm to Institution Summit"
99 Erdman Way
Leominister, MA
More Information

 

Events

January 31 | 1-2 PM
"Farm to Institution Training for Food Service Consultants"
Online Webinar
Morning Information



March 18 | 9AM-3PM
"Jr. Iron Chef VT"
Champlain Valley Exposition
Essex Junction, VT
Hosted by VT FEED
More information



Click here for more
FTS Network events

 
Winter Grant Opportunities
Vermont Community Garden Network
Gardens for Learning

Gardens for Learning is a grant and technical assistance program to support hands-on gardening, nutrition, and cooking activities for children at risk of summertime hunger.

To be eligible for funding, Garden for Learning applicants must include in their summer programs:

  • Regular work in a garden, farm, or greenhouse that includes planting, caring for, and harvesting fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs
  • Preparation of daily snacks or meals using garden harvest and wholesome ingredients
  • Participation in activities/lessons to foster an understanding of healthy eating guidelines
Application due February 17, 2017. 
Learn more about the grant here. Begin online application here
 

New England Grassroots Environmental Fund
Grow Grants

Grow Grants are intended to support community groups who represent the most exciting energy in the environmental movement that are not being reached by traditional funders. The Grassroots Fund interprets the word ‘environment’ broadly and will provide funding for a wide range of activities.

This program will fund projects that:

  • Are doing community-based environmental work in CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT
  • Are volunteer-driven or has no more than 2 full-time paid staff (or equivalents)
  • Have an annual operating budget of under $100,000
Application due March 15, 2017. Learn more here.

National Farm to School Network News
Ali Zipparo, Senior Agriculture Market Development Specialist at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, & Markets, Vermont's National Farm to School Network State Lead
Farm to School in the News
National Farm to School Policy Success in 2016
It’s been a busy year for policy at all levels of government. With each of these victories, the National Farm to School Network continues to institutionalize farm to school so that all communities, in every part of the country, can benefit. Read more here
 
Providing Locally-Grown Food To Vermont Prison Kitchens
Some of Vermont's prisoners are helping to prepare Vermont-raised foods for their fellow inmates as part of a new "farm-to-prison" program. The food-service that is used by some Vermont prison kitchens is run by a Newport-based organization, Green Mountain Farm-to-School. Read more at Vermont Public Radio 
Featured Resource
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP)
FFVP is a federally assisted program providing free fresh fruits and vegetables to students in participating elementary schools during the school day.

The FFVP will help schools create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices; expanding the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience; and increasing children’s fruit and vegetable consumption. Learn more here and through VT FEED's "Highlighting Local Fruit and Vegetable Guide."
Featured Campaign

Wild for Pollinators
 

KidsGardening.org, the Intervale Center, the Vermont Community Garden Network, and other non- and for-profit partners are collaborating to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators and create more pollinator and beneficial insect habitat across Vermont, and increase opportunity for education and community-building.

For more information about becoming involved in Wild for Pollinators visit their website here.

 

Other FTS Campaigns
  1. Power Up VT
  2. National Farm to School Network

Featured Farm to School Video
(click the picture to play)

Appetite for Change, a nonprofit in Minneapolis, Minn. that "grows food, family, leaders and communities" and "plants seeds to create social change and justice" created one of the best rap songs ever created about growing healthy food.
Grow Food | Appetite For Change
For questions, comments, or additions please contact Betsy Rosenbluth at brosenbluth@shelburnefarms.org.
 
This newsletter was produced by Green Mountain Farm-to-School in coordination with the Vermont Farm to School Network
      



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