January 5, 2017 •
Helen Whybrow, Roving Farm & Food Reporter

Going Beyond Borders for our Winter Conference

NOFA-VT has not typically looked so far beyond its borders for a relevant message. The winter conferences of years past have focused on themes such as local food and soil. But Executive Director Enid Wonnacott and board member Mimi Arnstein—who leads farmer-to farmer exchanges in Cuba and elsewhere —felt the time was ripe to break open the boundaries of how we think about the impact of our local food movement in Vermont.

January 5, 2017 •
Kim Mercer, Communications Coordinator

Teaching Students to Play with Knives and Fire

Registration is now open for Jr Iron Chef VT, a culinary competition for Vermont middle and high school students. Those looking to demonstrate their adeptness in the kitchen—chopping, slicing, blanching, frying, plating, and other kitchen skills—are invited to cook in the statewide contest, to be held March 18th, 2017 at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction.

December 27, 2016 •
Erin Buchwalter, Market Development Director

NOFA-VT Seeks Marketing Professionals for 2 projects

NOFA-VT has two open RFPs for projects in the coming year to support direct markets. These are exciting opportunities for marketing professionals in the food system world. Please take a look, and share them with someone you think might be a good fit.

December 10, 2016 •
Winston Rost, VOF Certification Specialist

Dogs of NOFA: Linus

Go to: Laila | "The Boys" | (More coming soon!) 

December 7, 2016 •
Kim Mercer, Communications Coordinator

Dogs of NOFA: Laila

NOFA Vermont is a dog-friendly office, with more than a few canine friends gracing the halls at any given time.

December 7, 2016 •
Maddie Monty, NOFA-VT Policy Advisor

NOFA-VT & VOF Submit Fall NOSB Comments

Below are public comments made to the National Organic Standards Board on October 26, 2016 by Nicole Dehne, Certification Director of Vermont Organic Farmers LLC and Madison Monty, Policy Advisor, NOFA-VT.

December 7, 2016 •
Cheryl Herrick, UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Can Vermont Wool Make Houses Warmer, and Sheep Farming Profitable?

UVM announces the launch of a new research project to assess the feasibility of using wool from Vermont sheep as an insulation material, and for other building and household products.  The launch event was hosted by collaborator Open View Farm located in New Haven, Vermont and home to a flock of Tunis Dorset ewes. This exploration of a value-added product hopes to provide sheep farmers with new sources of revenue, and to add to the availability of environmentally friendly products for the building trade.

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.

November 7, 2016 •
Kim Mercer, Communications Coordinator

Organic pioneers and supporters fight to 'Keep the Soil in Organic'

Organic farmers and their supporters came from all over New England to rally and protest the federal government’s allowance of hydroponically-grown fruits and vegetables to be labeled as “USDA Certified Organic.”  Among the speakers who addressed a crowd of roughly 250 farmers, food advocates and organic consumers on Sunday, October 30th were U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), U.S. Representatives Peter Welch (D-VT) and Chellie Pingree (D-ME), farmer/authors Eliot Coleman and Will Allen, and organic farmer David Zuckerman, who is also a state senator and a major candidate for Lieutenant Governor in Vermont.

October 10, 2016 •
Maddie Monty, NOFA-VT Policy Advisor

Food & Farming Questions for Candidates

Wondering where our state and federal candidates for office stand on critical food and farming issues? As the November election nears, here are our suggested questions for the candidates.