VT-FEED (Food Education Every Day) has partnered with five Summer Meals sites around the state to encourage more local food purchasing and nutrition education while school is out of session.
A sustainable food system depends on the viability of farms and the accessibility of nutritious food for everyone. With increased farm participation and community involvement, the Farm Share Program has the opportunity to bring local food to more people who need it.
Whether you’ve got farmland you’re looking to sell or to lease, or seeking land to establish or grow your farm, the New England Farmlink Collaborative is a new partnership of agricultural support specialists ready to help. The “friendly portal” not only provides detailed listings that are constantly updated, but also guidance around transitioning farmland for those seeking or listing properties. Links to local farmland linking organizations, worksheets to help prepare to assess land, information about how to establish lease rates are just a few of the other pieces provided alongside the listings of properties throughout the region.
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.
After gathering input from organic farmers, researchers, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), and the public over the past ten years, the National Organic Program (NOP) rolled out its Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule (OLPP) in January.
On Capitol Hill, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) represents the interests of the now $43 billion organic industry. Organic Consumers Association (OCA) advocates on behalf of those who buy organic food and other products.
As a member of the National Organic Coalition (NOC), each year NOFA Vermont travels to Washington, D.C. to meet with our elected officials about issues impacting organic farmers and consumers.
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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.
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:
Click on the links below to meet the other dogs
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!
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