Photos from 2015's 1st Annual Farmer Olympics (courtesy NOFA-VT) »
Vermont farms welcome the public into the field to dig into the local agricultural economy
NOFA-VT is partnering with the Winooski and St. Johnsbury Farmers Markets and the local summer meals sites in July to offer free weekend meals at the farmers markets.
If you’ve attended the annual Winter Conference at the UVM campus, then you’ve probably seen Enid Wonnacott happily tending her beloved pizza oven, warmed by her ski cap and whatever heat emanates from the fire within the oven’s blackened dome. Since everyone stops by for a slice of fortification on the way to or from a workshop, Enid can spend the day reconnecting with friends new and old.
Last Friday on the Statehouse lawn, people from all over Vermont gathered to celebrate the effective date of Act 120 – our state’s landmark GMO food labeling law that has, as one headline put it, “brought the food industry to its knees.” The celebration, under a beautiful blue sky, was reminiscent of the May afternoon just over two years ago when, on those same steps, Act 120 was signed into law.
Currently Vermont employs mainly annual cropping systems and pasture management techniques throughout the state. They are the primary source of human food and the primary source of concentrated feed for livestock. These techniques include cover cropping and crop rotation and have very low to low rates of sequestration. Organic and agroecological approaches to annual cropping sequester carbon at a higher rate and have low to medium rates of sequestration, and it has been shown that organic production systems generally have higher soil organic carbon than conventional/chemical systems.
Vermont Food Education Every Day (VT FEED, a collaboration of Shelburne Farms and NOFA-VT) will host its second annual Northeast Farm to School Institute, a year-long learning opportunity for schools to advance their initiatives in food, farm, and nutrition education while serving local products in cafeterias.
Promoting our working landscape: new resources for “rural enterprise” development are now available
We’ll gather on the State House lawn to celebrate this major milestone in food system transparency and to hear from some of the activists, farmers, food producers, policymakers and others who helped make GMO labeling a reality in Vermont.
NOFA teaching garden interns, Ariana and Katie, have their hands in the dirt. Seeds are sprouting and the tomatoes are in! In just a few weeks the kids will arrive ready to play in the soil, plant seedlings, thin sprouts, and snack on fresh garden produce!
Governor Shumlin proclaimed that June 7, 2016 is the Vermont Gives – Day of Giving. Vermont Gives is a first statewide effort in Vermont that will harness the collective power of charities, families, businesses and individuals to support Vermont communities. The online event will bring together organizations from all over the state and encourage Vermonters to give to the nonprofits in their communities.
new resources for “rural enterprise” development are now available
NOFA-VT has recently released a collection of resources for farmers and communities about land use issues for rural enterprises. Rural enterprises are businesses, often on farms, that are suited to a rural area because they are supportive of agriculture or forestry activities and provide employment opportunities.
There are currently over 83,000 Vermonters who receive 3SquaresVT benefits to help them buy more food for their families. Starting on May 1st, Vermonters who use their 3SquaresVT benefits at the farmers market will be able to double their money with Crop Cash, which can be used to buy fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs from local farmers.