July 2017 Blog Posts

July 27, 2017 •
Kate Spring, Good Heart Farmstead

Farm Share: Making Local Food More Accessible

A sustainable food system depends on the viability of farms and the accessibility of nutritious food for everyone. With increased farm participation and community involvement, the Farm Share Program has the opportunity to bring local food to more people who need it.  

July 20, 2017 •
Cheryl Herrick, UVM Extension for Sustainable Agriculture

Seeking a Farm?  Looking to Sell or Lease Your Land to a Farmer?  

Whether you’ve got farmland you’re looking to sell or to lease, or seeking land to establish or grow your farm, the New England Farmlink Collaborative is a new partnership of agricultural support specialists ready to help. The “friendly portal” not only provides detailed listings that are constantly updated, but also guidance around transitioning farmland for those seeking or listing properties.   Links to local farmland linking organizations, worksheets to help prepare to assess land, information about how to establish lease rates are just a few of the other pieces provided alongside the listings of properties throughout the region. 

July 17, 2017 •
Serena Baldwin, NOFA-VT marketing intern

One school's farm-to-school journey

It all began nine years ago when Mary started bringing fresh vegetables from her home garden into the classroom. She was astounded to find that many of her students did not recognize a carrot. The students didn’t know what it was, where it came from, or how it could possibly be tasty or healthful. So she set out on the long journey to bring a Farm to School program to Albert S. Hall, a 4th & 5th grade school in Waterville, Maine. 

July 3, 2017 •
Maddie Monty, NOFA-VT Membership & Advocacy Coordinator

Act Now to Save Vital Farmers Market Programs!

Two critical programs that support farmers and farmers markets in Vermont are under threat. The recently released presidential budget proposes the complete elimination of both the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP).  The ...