May 12, 2020
Dear Friends & Partners,
While the disruptions we're collectively experiencing are exhausting and challenging, this period of massive change also presents us with opportunities to build the world anew. What we invest in now, how we show up for each other, and how we build community (while distant!) will remain with us for years to come. This week, we are excited to share a few new and re-imagined programs towards an agriculturally vibrant, emergency-ready, just, joyful and verdant future.
First, we are excited to announce that we'll be awarding "Farmer Resiliency Grants". These small grants of up to $1,000 per farm will help farmers respond to emergent challenges, and respond with vision and possibility to the unexpected changes brought forward by the pandemic. We are excited to use this moment to invest in the food system we will need in the years to come. More details below.
As many of you know, NOFA-VT has an amazing mobile pizza oven that our beloved Enid Wonnacott dreamed up many years ago. For years, the oven has roamed farm to farm throughout the summer, spreading our NOFA-VT culture of joy, connection, and community through food. The current pandemic means it won't be a typical summer for our oven, but we are excited to employ the oven in an important way. Our new effort, "Feeding Those who Feed Us” shares our gratitude for these most essential workers—our farmers and farmworkers! We'll be bringing the oven around the state to (safely) make pizzas for farm crews. We'll also feed a couple school meals teams, sharing our gratitude for their important feeding of our state's children. We're excited to share more about the important work these essential workers are doing - stay tuned for more!
Finally, we know that many of you are at home with little ones underfoot (we’re right there with you!). We’re excited to launch a new newsletter where you can follow along with farmers Scout Proft and Maria Reade of Someday Farm, and Misse Axelrod of Drift Farmstead. Every other week, you’ll learn what's happening on the farm, meet animals and plants through videos and photos, cook a seasonal recipe and try out a hands-on farm to school activity. Our small offering to keep agricultural learning strong for all of Vermont’s children, old and young. Details below.
❤️ The NOFA-VT team
p.s. Check out this Brave Little State episode exploring the question: could Vermont farms feed the whole population of the state?
p.p.s. Quarantined music—by local musician Steve Goldman—for your soul here »