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.)
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.
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.