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August 7, 2017 •
Erin Buckwalter, NOFA-VT Market Development Director

Seeking Focus Group Participants!

Are you the primary food shopper in your household?  Yes? Keep reading.

August 1, 2017 •
Kim Mercer, NOFA-VT Communications Coordinator

3rd Annual Farmer Olympics to be held in Poultney on August 2nd

Teams of farmers from all over Vermont will come together to compete in a wide range of events designed to challenge farmers’ field skills. The third annual Farmer Olympics, hosted by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA Vermont), is a chance to take a mid-season break and enjoy some healthy competition with fellow farmers. 

August 1, 2017 •
Marissa Watson, School Food Programs Coordinator

Vermont Summer Meals Program

VT-FEED (Food Education Every Day) has partnered with five Summer Meals sites around the state to encourage more local food purchasing and nutrition education while school is out of session.

July 27, 2017 •
Kate Spring, Good Heart Farmstead

Farm Share: Making Local Food More Accessible

A sustainable food system depends on the viability of farms and the accessibility of nutritious food for everyone. With increased farm participation and community involvement, the Farm Share Program has the opportunity to bring local food to more people who need it.  

July 20, 2017 •
Cheryl Herrick, UVM Extension for Sustainable Agriculture

Seeking a Farm?  Looking to Sell or Lease Your Land to a Farmer?  

Whether you’ve got farmland you’re looking to sell or to lease, or seeking land to establish or grow your farm, the New England Farmlink Collaborative is a new partnership of agricultural support specialists ready to help. The “friendly portal” not only provides detailed listings that are constantly updated, but also guidance around transitioning farmland for those seeking or listing properties.   Links to local farmland linking organizations, worksheets to help prepare to assess land, information about how to establish lease rates are just a few of the other pieces provided alongside the listings of properties throughout the region. 

July 17, 2017 •
Serena Baldwin, NOFA-VT marketing intern

One school's farm-to-school journey

It all began nine years ago when Mary started bringing fresh vegetables from her home garden into the classroom. She was astounded to find that many of her students did not recognize a carrot. The students didn’t know what it was, where it came from, or how it could possibly be tasty or healthful. So she set out on the long journey to bring a Farm to School program to Albert S. Hall, a 4th & 5th grade school in Waterville, Maine. 

June 30, 2017 •
Maddie Monty, NOFA-VT Membership & Advocacy Coordinator

ORGANIC FARMERS ASSOCIATION (OFA) LAUNCHES

On Capitol Hill, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) represents the interests of the now $43 billion organic industry. Organic Consumers Association (OCA) advocates on behalf of those who buy organic food and other products.

June 30, 2017 •
Maddie Monty, NOFA-VT Membership & Advocacy Coordinator

National Organic Coalition (NOC) Fly-In Recap

As a member of the National Organic Coalition (NOC), each year NOFA Vermont travels to Washington, D.C. to meet with our elected officials about issues impacting organic farmers and consumers.

May 25, 2017 •
Maddie Monty, NOFA Vermont Policy Advisor

Action Alert

Oppose Any Further Delay of the Organic Animal Welfare Rule! Comment by June 9th.

May 3, 2017 •
Maddie Monty, NOFA Vermont Policy Advisor

Recap: Spring NOSB Meeting

At their spring meeting in Denver last month, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) heard from citizens, farmers and advocates on issues as narrow and specific as an annotation change for tocopherols on the National List, and as broad as hydroponic and container production in organic. NOFA-VT and Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF) provided comments to the NOSB, both in writing and in person, on several topics of concern to organic farmers and consumers here in Vermont, including hydroponics, biodegradable biobased mulch, and eliminating the incentive to convert native ecosystems to organic production. 

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