March 2016 Blog Posts

March 31, 2016 •
Maddie Monty, NOFA-VT Policy Advisor

GMO Labeling: No Patchwork, No Problem

Following the failure earlier this month of a U.S. Senate bill that aimed to stop state GMO labeling laws, an outpouring of announcements came from major food brands who say they plan to label their GE products not only in Vermont, but nationwide. With the July 1st implementation date for Vermont’s Act 120 quickly approaching, the GMO labeling train set in motion by our small state in 2014 is forging ahead, and it appears some big food companies are finally jumping on board.

March 31, 2016 •
Maddie Monty, NOFA-VT Policy Advisor

Legislature Considers Bills to Protect Pollinators

On March 17th, the Vermont House of Representatives passed H.861, a bill that aims to give VAAFM regulatory authority over “treated articles,” a class of pesticide products exempt from certain federal regulations. The term “treated articles” refers to items treated with pesticides, including seeds coated with neonicotinoids, among other things.  

March 31, 2016 •
Kim Mercer, NOFA-VT Marketing & Outreach

Building our farmers markets

The 2016 Farmers Market Conference provided an array of learning and networking opportunities, from four small break-out sessions with market leaders sharing challenges and successes to seven in-depth workshops, one-on-one support for different farmers market issues, and Q&A sessions

March 31, 2016 •
Nicole Dehne, Certification Director

Share Your Recommendations for Organic Production!

The NOSB (National Organic Standards Board) meets twice each year to discuss what should - and shouldn't - be allowed in organic production. Their next meeting is April 25 - 27 in Washington D.C. and it's open to the public! Can't make it to D.C. but want to share your views on organic production with the NOSB?

March 31, 2016 •
Michael Good, Community Food Security Coordinator

Bulk Order Leftovers (2016)

Get some great deals on items left over from NOFA Vermont’s annual Bulk Order, a buying program that gives members and the general public the chance to purchase quality farm and garden products that meet the National Organic Standards at volume discounts.

March 15, 2016 •
Vera Change, Shelburne Farms

Over 260 Students to Compete in Ninth Annual Jr Iron Chef VT Competition

Ready, set, chop! On Saturday, March 19, 58 middle and high school teams will compete in this year’s Jr Iron Chef VT. In its ninth year, this youth culinary competition was one of the first in the nation to focus on local food and school meals. Participation has more than doubled since its founding, and teams now come from every corner of the state. It has challenged and inspired nearly 3,000 kids to connect with where food comes from, cook from scratch, and eat healthy, local foods.

March 6, 2016 •
Maddie Monty, NOFA-VT Policy Advisor

The Return of the DARK Act: It's Now or Never for GMO Labeling

Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) introduced a bill last week that attempts to permanently strike down Vermont's first-in-the-nation GMO labeling law, set to take effect in just 4 short months. This despicable bill is a direct attack on Vermonters' right to simple, factual information about the food we eat and feed our families.

March 3, 2016 •
Kim Mercer, NOFA-VT Marketing & Outreach

Photos from Winter Conference 2016

"Our Soil, Our Health" The 34th Annual Winter Conference was held February 13-15 at the University of Vermont in Burlington, and brought together more than 1,000 farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, consumers, and exhibitors, coming from over 20 U.S. states and Canandian provinces, to...