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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.

December 10, 2016 •
Winston Rost, VOF Certification Specialist

Dogs of NOFA: Linus

Go to: Laila | "The Boys" | (More coming soon!) 

December 7, 2016 •
Kim Mercer, Communications Coordinator

Dogs of NOFA: Laila

NOFA Vermont is a dog-friendly office, with more than a few canine friends gracing the halls at any given time.

December 7, 2016 •
Maddie Monty, NOFA-VT Policy Advisor

NOFA-VT & VOF Submit Fall NOSB Comments

Below are public comments made to the National Organic Standards Board on October 26, 2016 by Nicole Dehne, Certification Director of Vermont Organic Farmers LLC and Madison Monty, Policy Advisor, NOFA-VT.

December 7, 2016 •
Cheryl Herrick, UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Can Vermont Wool Make Houses Warmer, and Sheep Farming Profitable?

UVM announces the launch of a new research project to assess the feasibility of using wool from Vermont sheep as an insulation material, and for other building and household products.  The launch event was hosted by collaborator Open View Farm located in New Haven, Vermont and home to a flock of Tunis Dorset ewes. This exploration of a value-added product hopes to provide sheep farmers with new sources of revenue, and to add to the availability of environmentally friendly products for the building trade.

December 7, 2016 •
Sarah Webb, VT-FEED

NECI student chefs taste-test recipes in Addison Co. elementary schools

On Monday, December 12th, student chefs from NECI will visit four Addison County public school cafeterias to cook and taste-test new recipes with elementary school students to supplement the first-of-its-kind publication, New School Cuisine: Nutritious Seasonal Recipes for School Cooks by School Cooks.

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