Dear Friend of NOFA-VT,
I recently returned from Slow Food International’s Terra Madre in Turino, Italy. I was part of the delegation of 7,000 farmers, food artisans, indigenous people, activists and citizens from 143 countries. And I was so proud to represent NOFA-VT!
A main theme of the event – They Are Giants, But We Are Millions – held special meaning, given the power play that brought down Vermont’s hard fought GMO labeling law this year. But surrounded by representatives of the 500 million family farmers who work to defend biodiversity, promote native seeds and work to build strong, local economies, I felt so encouraged by our collective power.
And collective action is at the heart of NOFA-VT’s work. Whether mobilizing consumers to grow the demand for organic food, working with farmers to grow the supply of organic food, or organizing behind the scenes to influence food policy, we are working to grow the movement, one person and one acre at a time. You play an important role in supporting our work. We rely on the annual support of our friends and members to make this work possible and visible.
The highlights below outline some of our efforts in the past year. We are passionate about our work for organic farms, healthy food and strong communities. That has been our mission since 1971, and we are motivated about our work moving forward. Please consider a year-end gift to NOFA-VT. Every donation matters.
Thank you, in advance, for your important contribution.
Highlights of our work in 2016:
64 — Restaurants, co-ops, and food stores that supported the Farm Share Program through their participation in Share the Harvest, our annual fundraising event
106 – Newly certified producers including 14 dairy farms, 69 maple producers, 6 processors, and 17 crop producers, bringing the total number of certified producers in Vermont to 690
107 – Classrooms that received seasonal letters from 62 farmers participating in our Farmer Correspondence Program
120—Visits made to over 73 organic farms, providing production and business planning technical assistance
741—Farmers, gardeners, and food lovers who attended over 30 summer workshops and NOFAvore pizza socials during our 2016 On-farm Workshop Series
1,583 – Number of limited-income Vermonters receiving community-supported agriculture shares through our Farm Share & Senior Farm Share Programs
1,719 – YouTube subscribers (@youtube.com/thenofavt), with a total of >99,000 total views of educational content
3,129 – Pizzas made with our mobile, wood-fired oven at 54 events statewide
Financial support from our community members and partners is essential in allowing us to continue our work toward a more sustainable, viable, and equitable food system in Vermont and beyond. Please consider a tax-deductible donation in an amount that works for you.
NOFA Vermont (EIN 22-3260420) is a nonprofit, educational organization with 501(c)(3) status. Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Donations can be made to our General Fund or designated for specific programs such as our Farm Share program or Farmer Emergency Fund.