new resources for “rural enterprise” development are now available
NOFA-VT has recently released a collection of resources for farmers and communities about land use issues for rural enterprises. Rural enterprises are businesses, often on farms, that are suited to a rural area because they are supportive of agriculture or forestry activities and provide employment opportunities.
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.
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...
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
Media coverage of the 2016 annual cooking competition for middle and high school students.
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.
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.