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.
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.
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.
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NOFA Vermont is a dog-friendly office, with more than a few canine friends gracing the halls at any given time.
Farmers and Agricultural Professionals are invited to a four-session series to build farmers’ skills in managing their labor force. This series will be offered in two locations: West Lebanon, NH and Portsmouth, NH.
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.
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.
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.
More information about the effort to "Keep the Soil in Organic"
Article: Slinging Mud Over the Organic Label (National Geographic Magazine)
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.
Program provides training, mentoring, educational stipend, and more
For Immediate Release – October 13, 2016
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.