Indicators of Success

KEY INDICATORS OF SUCCESS - WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE? 

  • Vermont demonstrates how to emerge from this crisis with a clear vision, a plan, and the foundation set for a more resilient, diverse, circular economy. 
  • Farmers employ practices that clean water, reverse climate change, and support biodiversity.
  • Policies incentivize and support these practices, contributing to economic farm viability. (Policies like universal healthcare and childcare support farm viability along with the rest of the population.)
  • Farms are viable at every size.
  • Farms are thriving in every town.
  • Farmers are widely respected as environmental stewards and food providers.
  • There is an increasingly diversified set of crops and value added products grown and provided in the state. We see an increase in climate-adaptable crops and farms. Diversity provides the unifying thread.
  • Small towns and communities are thriving. Cultural life in rural towns booms. 
  • The public values farming as crucial to our state’s identity and environment.
  • New people move into the state.
  • Young people choose to remain in the state and have clear paths to an economically viable future in agriculture.
  • Young people have opportunities for meaningful agricultural education throughout their school years.
  • All Vermonters have access to - and can afford - nutritious, locally produced food.
  • Our agricultural community is diverse racially, culturally, and economically. 
  • Businesses flourish under models that are supportive for workers at every level and enhance the communities they exist within.
  • The generation of retiring farmers has transferred farms and businesses to the next generation successfully, supported by farm service providers focused on equity, inclusion, ecology and future visioning.
  • Local food is served in institutions where people learn, work, and live.