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.

February 6, 2017 •
Winston Rost, VOF Certification Specialist

Dogs of NOFA: Ellie

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 2, 2017 •
Enid Wonnnacott, NOFA-VT Executive Director

NOFA-VT By-Laws Amendments

The board recommended making amendments to the by-laws to allow for 1. the option of a 3rd three-year term, and 2. option for on-line voting.  Currently the only provision for voting is by paper ballot at an annual meeting of the members. Two amendments to the by-laws will be voted on by the members at the Winter Conference, February 18-19.

February 2, 2017 •
Enid Wonnacott, NOFA-VT Executive Director

Prospective NOFA-VT Board Members

Members of NOFA Vermont will vote at the 35th Annual Winter Conference to elect 4 new members to the Board of Directors

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.