March 2017 Blog Posts

March 31, 2017 •
Maddie Monty, NOFA Vermont Policy Advisor

Organic Check-Off Program Proposed

Generally, the way check-off programs work is that producers of specific commodities, like pork, or eggs, or peanuts, pay a set amount into a central coffer, either voluntarily or mandatorily. The producer group then uses those collective funds to promote its specific commodity and, hopefully, increase demand. 

March 13, 2017 •
Amy Gifford

Ready, set, chop!

10th anniversary of Vermont’s culinary competition for middle and high school students is scheduled for this weekend at the Champlain Vally Expo Center On Saturday, March 18, 55 middle and high school teams from around the state will compete in Jr Iron Chef VT. This year, Jr Iron...

March 13, 2017 •
Alissa Matthews, VAAFM

Direct-to-Consumer Producer Survey

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) is partnering with the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) to conduct an annual Direct-to-Consumer Producer Survey.

March 9, 2017 •
Winston Rost, VOF Certification Specialist

Dogs of NOFA: Ella

NOFA Vermont is a dog-friendly office, with more than a few canine friends gracing the halls and offices (but not the kitchen, which is off limits to dogs...theoretically).  Go to: Laila | Linus | Gus & Oscar | Ellie Meet ELLA Ella is a superlatively...

March 7, 2017 •
Sarah Webb, Jr Iron Chef VT

Jr Iron Chef VT 10th Anniversary Dinner

You’re cordially invited to a BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION! This March Jr Iron Chef VT turns 10! When we started back in 2008 we had a hunch that it would be a good thing but we had no idea, really, how wildly successful it would become. Over the past 10 years nearly 3,000 Vermont middle and...