May 25, 2017 •
Maddie Monty, NOFA Vermont Policy Advisor

Action Alert

Oppose Any Further Delay of the Organic Animal Welfare Rule! Comment by June 9th.

May 3, 2017 •
Maddie Monty, NOFA Vermont Policy Advisor

Recap: Spring NOSB Meeting

At their spring meeting in Denver last month, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) heard from citizens, farmers and advocates on issues as narrow and specific as an annotation change for tocopherols on the National List, and as broad as hydroponic and container production in organic. NOFA-VT and Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF) provided comments to the NOSB, both in writing and in person, on several topics of concern to organic farmers and consumers here in Vermont, including hydroponics, biodegradable biobased mulch, and eliminating the incentive to convert native ecosystems to organic production. 

May 2, 2017 •
Winston Rost, VOF Certification Specialist

Dogs of NOFA: Wilson

This is the last in our series of blog posts profiling the various office dogs at NOFA Vermont. Click on the links below to meet the other dogs:

April 4, 2017 •
Winston Rost, VOF Certification Specialist

Dogs of NOFA: Jackson

Click on the links below to meet the other dogs

April 4, 2017 •
Erin McGuire, VOF Staff Assistant

Get Your Photo Featured on the Farm & Food Guide!

Do you have an eye-catching photo that you think captures the organic agriculture scene in Vermont? Want to see your photo show up all around the state? Then enter our contest to create the cover of the 2017 VT Organic Farm & Food Guide!

April 3, 2017 •
Jen Miller, NOFA-VT Farmer Services Coordinator

Direct Marketing Technical Assistance Available

Last fall, NOFA-VT received a USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program grant to support direct market farmers in Vermont.  We have funds to provide one-on-one technical assistance to 12 direct market farms to implement new business and marketing strategies.  Farms will have access to two y

March 31, 2017 •
Kim Mercer, Communications Coordinator

Advertise in the VT Organic Farm & Food Guide

Over 4,500 copies of the guide are distributed each year to NOFA Vermont members, food co-ops, and community partners, as well as at seasonal events, festivals, and workshops in which NOFA participates.

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

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). 

February 7, 2017 •
Kim Mercer, Communications Coordinator

8 great reasons to attend the NOFA-VT Winter Conference

The NOFA Vermont Winter Conference in Burlington, VT on February 18th-20th, is a rejuvenating and inspiring 3 days of learning, eating, and networking! Here are 8 reasons to join us this year.

February 6, 2017 •
Kim Mercer, Communications Coordinator

Vermont Maple in Every School

On Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, February 14th, from 8-10am, the State House cafeteria will serve breakfast to legislators to promote the new project, Vermont Maple in Every School.  This initiative connects schools with county sugar makers in order to bring local, pure maple syrup products and education into school cafeterias and classrooms.  

February 6, 2017 •
Nicole Dehne, Certification Director

VOF Annual Producer Meeting Recap

Certified organic farmers and processors from across the state turned out for VOF's Annual Producer Meeting held in South Royalton on Friday, January 27th. Our goal was to get meaningful feedback from our producers on a variety of issues, including whether VOF should offer certification of alternative labels (such as grass fed, certified transitional, etc.). We also asked questions regarding current agricultural policy and new NOP regulations, particularly the recently published animal welfare rule.