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July 6, 2016 •
Maria Buteux Reade for NOFA Notes, Summer 2016

Happy Birthday, NOFA Pizza Oven!

If you’ve attended the annual Winter Conference at the UVM campus, then you’ve probably seen Enid Wonnacott happily tending her beloved pizza oven, warmed by her ski cap and whatever heat emanates from the fire within the oven’s blackened dome. Since everyone stops by for a slice of fortification on the way to or from a workshop, Enid can spend the day reconnecting with friends new and old. 

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

Vermont's landmark GMO food labeling law has “brought the food industry to its knees.”

Last Friday on the Statehouse lawn, people from all over Vermont gathered to celebrate the effective date of Act 120 – our state’s landmark GMO food labeling law that has, as one headline put it, “brought the food industry to its knees.”  The celebration, under a beautiful blue sky, was reminiscent of the May afternoon just over two years ago when, on those same steps, Act 120 was signed into law.

June 28, 2016 •
Rachel Fussell

Carbon Farming in Vermont

Currently Vermont employs mainly annual cropping systems and pasture management techniques throughout the state. They are the primary source of human food and the primary source of concentrated feed for livestock. These techniques include cover cropping and crop rotation and have very low to low rates of sequestration. Organic and agroecological approaches to annual cropping sequester carbon at a higher rate and have low to medium rates of sequestration, and it has been shown that organic production systems generally have higher soil organic carbon than conventional/chemical systems.

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.

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