August 2013 Blog Posts

August 27, 2013

A New England Education for the FDA

When the FDA team responsible for implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) came to New Hampshire and Vermont last week, they got an earful -- and an education. At an August 20th Listening Session at Dartmouth College, about two hundred vegetable and fruit farmers, food processors,...

August 22, 2013

Honoring Jack Lazor

Enid (left) with Anne and Jack Lazor Last Sunday, at the Gateway Center in Newport, farmers, neighbors, organic farm advocates, and many, many friends gathered to celebrate the launch of Jack Lazor's new book, The Organic Grain Grower: Small-Scale, Holistic Grain Production for the Home and...

August 19, 2013

Making Connections with the Vermont Food System Atlas

The Vermont Farm to Plate Network is weaving together all components of Vermont's food system to strengthen the working landscape, build the resilience of farms, improve environmental quality, and increase local food access for all Vermonters. It’s made up of over 250 organizations (including NOFA-...

August 14, 2013

Food+Co-ops: Connecting the Dots Between Farms & Institutions

This month in Food+Co-ops, let’s look at recent developments in the Farm to Institution market channel. NOFA-VT is a leader in making sense of this market. In 2012, NOFA-VT and VT FEED released Scaling Up Vermont’s Local Food Production, Distribution, and Marketing, a report quantifying demand by...

August 12, 2013

VTFMA Featured Market: Manchester Farmers' Market

NOFA-VT and the Vermont Farmers Market Association (VTFMA) work closely to support  farmers' market across the state. This summer season, the VTFMA will feature ten farmers' markets statewide. The next in this series is the Manchester Farmers' Market. Manchester Farmers’ Market is located in...

August 7, 2013

The Food Safety Modernization Act and You

Root washer on Jericho Settlers Farm. Photo by Maria Reade. The FDA has recently completed its publication of proposed food safety rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). They  would require many of Vermont’s farmers and food processors to adopt new, and perhaps costly, equipment...

August 6, 2013

NFMW Video Contest Winners!

The Northeast Organic Farming Association and the Vermont Farmers’ Market Association are pleased to announce this year’s winner of the 5th annual National Farmers’ Market week film challenge! This year, we asked participants to submit videos that displayed their appreciation for the farmers and...

August 1, 2013

Growing in the NOFA Garden

The 10 raised beds that constitute the NOFA office garden were installed last fall. The garden's first summer season has been very successful; the garden has proved itself to be a valuable gathering and learning place for community members of all ages. Its most frequent visitors have been local...