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June 16, 2016 •
Vera Chang, Shelburne Farms

Proving Success, Northeast Farm to School Institute to Run Second Year

Vermont Food Education Every Day (VT FEED, a collaboration of Shelburne Farms and NOFA-VT) will host its second annual Northeast Farm to School Institute, a year-long learning opportunity for schools to advance their initiatives in food, farm, and nutrition education while serving local products in cafeterias.

June 15, 2016 •
Kim Mercer, Communications Coordinator

Resources for Rural Enterprises

Promoting our working landscape: new resources for “rural enterprise” development are now available

June 3, 2016 •
Maddie Monty, NOFA-VT Policy Advisor

VERMONT LABELS GMOS – COME CELEBRATE WITH US!

We’ll gather on the State House lawn to celebrate this major milestone in food system transparency and to hear from some of the activists, farmers, food producers, policymakers and others who helped make GMO labeling a reality in Vermont.

June 3, 2016 •
Ariana Matthews-Salzman, NOFA-VT Summer Intern

NOFA Summer Garden

NOFA teaching garden interns, Ariana and Katie, have their hands in the dirt. Seeds are sprouting and the tomatoes are in! In just a few weeks the kids will arrive ready to play in the soil, plant seedlings, thin sprouts, and snack on fresh garden produce!

June 2, 2016 •
Enid Wonnacott, NOFA-VT Executive Director

Please support NOFA-VT on the June 7th Day of Giving

Governor Shumlin proclaimed that June 7, 2016 is the Vermont Gives – Day of Giving. Vermont Gives is a first statewide effort in Vermont that will harness the collective power of charities, families, businesses and individuals to support Vermont communities. The online event will bring together organizations from all over the state and encourage Vermonters to give to the nonprofits in their communities.

June 2, 2016 •
Kim Mercer, Communications Coordinator

Promoting our working landscape

new resources for “rural enterprise” development are now available

May 4, 2016 •
Michael Good, Community Food Security Coordinator

Vermonters use "Crop Cash" to double their money at farmers markets

There are currently over 83,000 Vermonters who receive 3SquaresVT benefits to help them buy more food for their families. Starting on May 1st, Vermonters who use their 3SquaresVT benefits at the farmers market will be able to double their money with Crop Cash, which can be used to buy fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs from local farmers.

May 3, 2016 •
Maddie Monty, NOFA-VT Policy Advisor

The Final Countdown to GMO Labels

With the start date of Vermont’s GMO labeling law less than two months away, we are continuing to fight efforts to weaken or preempt our law at both the state and federal level. Here in Vermont, efforts from within the State House to slow the implementation of Vermont’s labeling law were thwarted last week. Changes to the law were successfully limited...

April 19, 2016 •
Maddie Monty, NOFA-VT Policy Advisor

Spring 2016 Comments to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB)

On April 14th, NOFA-VT and Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF) submitted our comments for the Spring 2016 meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). You can read our comments below. Please click a topic below to read that portion of our comments. 

April 19, 2016 •
Kim Mercer, NOFA-VT Marketing & Outreach

Bumper Sticker

Please help us decide on a slogan for a bumper sticker to convey our mission!

April 11, 2016 •
Sophia Bielenberg, High Mowing Organic Seeds

Potatoes 101: How to Get Great Yields with Successful Techniques

Potatoes are a simple, fun crop to grow and can help you eat local year-round thanks to their impressive shelf life. In addition to choosing the right varieties for your needs, it’s also important to choose a successful growing method.

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

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