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March 13, 2017 •
Amy Gifford

Ready, set, chop!

10th anniversary of Vermont’s culinary competition for middle and high school students is scheduled for this weekend at the Champlain Vally Expo Center

March 13, 2017 •
Alissa Matthews, VAAFM

Direct-to-Consumer Producer Survey

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) is partnering with the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) to conduct an annual Direct-to-Consumer Producer Survey.

March 9, 2017 •
Winston Rost, VOF Certification Specialist

Dogs of NOFA: Ella

NOFA Vermont is a dog-friendly office, with more than a few canine friends gracing the halls and offices (but not the kitchen, which is off limits to dogs...theoretically). 

February 7, 2017 •
Kim Mercer, Communications Coordinator

8 great reasons to attend the NOFA-VT Winter Conference

The NOFA Vermont Winter Conference in Burlington, VT on February 18th-20th, is a rejuvenating and inspiring 3 days of learning, eating, and networking! Here are 8 reasons to join us this year.

February 6, 2017 •
Kim Mercer, Communications Coordinator

Vermont Maple in Every School

On Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, February 14th, from 8-10am, the State House cafeteria will serve breakfast to legislators to promote the new project, Vermont Maple in Every School.  This initiative connects schools with county sugar makers in order to bring local, pure maple syrup products and education into school cafeterias and classrooms.  

February 6, 2017 •
Nicole Dehne, Certification Director

VOF Annual Producer Meeting Recap

Certified organic farmers and processors from across the state turned out for VOF's Annual Producer Meeting held in South Royalton on Friday, January 27th. Our goal was to get meaningful feedback from our producers on a variety of issues, including whether VOF should offer certification of alternative labels (such as grass fed, certified transitional, etc.). We also asked questions regarding current agricultural policy and new NOP regulations, particularly the recently published animal welfare rule.

February 6, 2017 •
Winston Rost, VOF Certification Specialist

Dogs of NOFA: Ellie

NOFA Vermont is a dog-friendly office, with more than a few canine friends gracing the halls and offices (but not the kitchen, which is off limits to dogs...theoretically). 

February 2, 2017 •
Enid Wonnnacott, NOFA-VT Executive Director

NOFA-VT By-Laws Amendments

The board recommended making amendments to the by-laws to allow for 1. the option of a 3rd three-year term, and 2. option for on-line voting.  Currently the only provision for voting is by paper ballot at an annual meeting of the members. Two amendments to the by-laws will be voted on by the members at the Winter Conference, February 18-19.

February 2, 2017 •
Enid Wonnacott, NOFA-VT Executive Director

Prospective NOFA-VT Board Members

Members of NOFA Vermont will vote at the 35th Annual Winter Conference to elect 4 new members to the Board of Directors

January 26, 2017 •
Sarah Webb, VT-FEED

VT FEED accepting applications to this summer's Farm to School Institute

Applications for the 2017-18 Northeast Farm to School Institute are now being accepted! The Institute is a unique year-long professional learning opportunity for twelve school teams from New England and New York. The year-long Institute kicks off with a Summer Retreat held at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, VT from June 27-29, 2017.

January 10, 2017 •
Winston Rost, VOF Certification Specialist

Dogs of NOFA: "The Boys"

NOFA Vermont is a dog-friendly office, with more than a few canine friends gracing the halls and offices (but not the kitchen, which is off limits to dogs...theoretically).

January 5, 2017 •
Helen Whybrow, Roving Farm & Food Reporter

Going Beyond Borders for our Winter Conference

NOFA-VT has not typically looked so far beyond its borders for a relevant message. The winter conferences of years past have focused on themes such as local food and soil. But Executive Director Enid Wonnacott and board member Mimi Arnstein—who leads farmer-to farmer exchanges in Cuba and elsewhere —felt the time was ripe to break open the boundaries of how we think about the impact of our local food movement in Vermont.

January 5, 2017 •
Kim Mercer, Communications Coordinator

Teaching Students to Play with Knives and Fire

Registration is now open for Jr Iron Chef VT, a culinary competition for Vermont middle and high school students. Those looking to demonstrate their adeptness in the kitchen—chopping, slicing, blanching, frying, plating, and other kitchen skills—are invited to cook in the statewide contest, to be held March 18th, 2017 at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction.

December 27, 2016 •
Erin Buchwalter, Market Development Director

NOFA-VT Seeks Marketing Professionals for 2 projects

NOFA-VT has two open RFPs for projects in the coming year to support direct markets. These are exciting opportunities for marketing professionals in the food system world. Please take a look, and share them with someone you think might be a good fit.

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