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Vermont Farm to School Network Newsletter

All the resources needed for farm to school coordination.
Featured Vermont Farm to School Story
Vermont Farm to School Network Launches Newsletter
The Vermont Farm to School Network is launching a newsletter to help coordinate farm to school efforts (like yours!) and connect them to the great farm to school resources and campaigns from across the state and the nation and this is your preview.

The newsletter will look, well, like this one. It will feature:
  1. A farm to school story from somewhere in the state; 
  2. Upcoming professional development opportunities;
  3. Upcoming grant opportunities;
  4. An update on the Vermont Farm to School Network happenings;
  5. A farm to school resource spotlight accompanied with links to several other useful resources;
  6. A spotlight on a great farm to school campaign happening with links to more; 
  7. Fun farm to school videos.
The newsletter's purpose is to give you access to as many farm to school related materials as possible. It will be coming to you quarterly, starting in September. Until then, enjoy the sneak peak and have a good summer.
Professional Development Opportunities 

Northeast Farm to School Institute
6/28-30 | Shelburne
Learn more

A Dairy in Every Classroom
7/12-14 | Shelburne
Learn more

5th Annual UVM Food Systems Summit
UVM Burlington
Learn more

June 16 | 3-6 PM
"3rd Annual Summer Block Party"
155 Gardner Park Rd.
Newport, VT 05855
More information

Every 4th Tuesday of the Summer Months

"Summer Farm Dinners"
Southern Vermont
Hosted by Food Connects
More information

Click here for more FTS Network events
Summer Grant Opportunities
The Vermont Community Foundation
Small & Inspiring Grant Program

This program will fund projects that:

  • Connect people to each other through volunteer work or community-building efforts
  • Connect people to the environment around them in new ways
  • Bring people together and provide opportunities for positive social interaction and benefit
Application due by July 26. Learn more here.
New England Grassroots Environment Fund
Seeds Grant Program

Seed grants are geared to groups launching new projects and/or evolving the scale of an existing project.

Applcations accepted on a rolling basis.
Learn more
Vermont Farm to School Network News

Doing cool farm to school work? Want to share it with others?
Submit a proposal for a workshop!

The Vermont Farm to School Conference is accepting workshop proposals until June 20. Workshop proposals can be submitted here
Featured Resource
Vermont Community
Garden Network (VCGN)

VCGN's mission is to "support and grow the state's vibrant network of community and school gardens." Their website hosts a bounty of information for FTS coordinators - list of garden grants, how to's on organizing and leadership, a collection of educational materials, and more. Check it out for yourself here.
Other FTS Resources
  1. USDA Food and Nutrition Service
  2. We Farm America
  3. Shelburne Farms
Featured Campaign

Power Up VT
Power Up VT is a campaign designed specifically to help high school and middle school food service directors, farm to school coordinators, and other school food champions to celebrate and promote their meal programs. They have posters, how-to's, and helpful tips to get the campaign started. Find out more here.

Other FTS Campaigns
  1. Vermont Harvest of the Month
  2. National Farm to School Network
Featured Vermont Farm to School Video
(click the picture to play)

Green Mountain Farm-to-School's "The Lunchbox" is a van that serves free summer meals to kids and teens 18-years-old and under in low-income neighborhoods in Vermont. What makes their mobile summer feeding sites so special is that many of the ingredients in the meals come from local farms.
For questions, comments, or additions please contact Amy Gifford at
This newsletter was produced by Green Mountain Farm-to-School in coordination with the Vermont Farm to School Network

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