farm to school Blog Posts

March 14, 2018 •
Kim Mercer, NOFA-VT Communications Coordinator

Young Chefs Test Their Skills in Iron Chef Competition 

As one of the first youth culinary competitions in the country, Jr Iron Chef VT has challenged and inspired more than 3,000 Vermont students to learn about and source local ingredients, develop recipes that inspire school meal programs, and cook whole, local foods from scratch.  Jr Iron Chef VT is a program of Vermont FEED (Food Education Every Day), a partnership project of NOFA-VT and Shelburne Farms. 

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. 

January 26, 2017 •
Sarah Webb, VT-FEED

VT FEED accepting applications to this summer's Farm to School Institute

Applications for the 2017-18 Northeast Farm to School Institute are now being accepted! The Institute is a unique year-long professional learning opportunity for twelve school teams from New England and New York. The year-long Institute kicks off with a Summer Retreat held at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, VT from June 27-29, 2017.

December 7, 2016 •
Sarah Webb, VT-FEED

NECI student chefs taste-test recipes in Addison Co. elementary schools

On Monday, December 12th, student chefs from NECI will visit four Addison County public school cafeterias to cook and taste-test new recipes with elementary school students to supplement the first-of-its-kind publication, New School Cuisine: Nutritious Seasonal Recipes for School Cooks by School Cooks.

September 2, 2015

New Funding for VT FEED

Vermont Food Education Every Day ( VT FEED) just received word that "Building Demand for Fruits and Vegetables in Vermont Schools" will be funded by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, through the Specialty Crop Block Grant program!

April 1, 2015

2015-2016 Farm to School Institute schools chosen

The  VT FEED Farm to School Institute is a unique year-long professional development opportunity being offered to ten diverse school teams from Vermont and, this year thanks to an USDA Farm to School Grant, the Northeast.

January 5, 2015

Jr Iron Chef VT

Do you know any aspiring young chefs? Are you an avid cook who would like to share your talents with local students? Are you a farmer who'd like to develop a relationship with a nearby school? If so, then the 8th Annual Jr Iron Chef VT is where you need to be!

September 8, 2014

Sodexo's local move

At NOFA-VT, we've been working with food service giant Sodexo for four years now during the Winter Conference at UVM, and we've seen their capacity for and commitment to using local foods improve each year. We're glad to see the change formalized in the company's new "Vermont First" campaign.

August 1, 2014

New School Cuisine finds its way to the White House

While visiting school kitchens around the state, representatives from the School Nutrition Association of Vermont (SNA-VT) and Vermont Food Education Every Day (VT FEED, a program of NOFA-VT and Shelburne Farms) took note of the delici

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