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Farm to Plate is Vermont’s statewide initiative to increase economic
development and jobs in the farm and food sector and improve access
to healthy local food for all Vermonters.


News & Announcements

Writing a Practical Produce Safety Plan: A Workshop for Small and Diversified Growers

Why have a Practical Produce Safety Plan? This plan clarifies the specific meaning of produce safety on your farm. It can be used to train your employees, or can be shared with interested retail customers, local, and wholesale buyers. The workshop is appropriate for both organic and conventional growers, and is fully compatible with the VVBGA Produce Safety Accreditation currently being developed.

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Attend the Big E: VAAFM Now Accepting Vendor Proposals

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is now accepting proposals from Vermont businesses and organizations for vending and exhibiting space in the Vermont Building at the Eastern States Exposition (“Big E”) in West Springfield, Massachusetts. In 2015, the fair will be held from September 18th - October 4th. Nearly 1 million patrons passed through the Vermont Building during the 2014 fair, spending over $1.7 million on Vermont products.

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Employee garden grants for small businesses

The Vermont Department of Health and Vermont Community Garden Network are offering grants for small businesses to establish workplace food gardens. Green Thumbs at Work grantees will receive $500 for materials, a $250 Gardener’s Supply gift certificate, and garden planning support and technical assistance from horticulturalist Charlie Nardozzi and the Vermont Community Garden Network. The application deadline is Friday, Jan. 30, 2015.

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Meetings & Events

Artisan Cheesemaking Course

Sterling College and the Cellars at Jasper Hill are collaborating to offer Fundamentals of Cheesemaking. Led by world-renowned master cheesemaker and educator Ivan Larcher, it is designed to provide students the practical and scientific knowledge involved in creating small-scale artisan cheese. Students will learn the full process of cheesemaking, from milk production, lactic technology, and coagulants, to salting, tasting, ripening, and cheese quality.

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Growing Greens for Market in Cold Climates with Unheated Greenhouses

This course is brought to us by Corie Pierce of Bread and Butter Farm. This course looks at innovative, cutting edge practices being used to grow year round in cold climates like Vermont and is perfect for commercial growers, gardeners and those interested in starting to grow greens during the winter months

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Public Hearing on GE Food Labeling Law

Responding to requests for additional opportunity to comment on the proposed rule on the labeling of foods produced with genetic engineering, the Attorney General has scheduled a second public hearing on the rule. This hearing will take place on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, from 5 – 6pm in Room 10 at the State House in Montpelier. Additionally, the Attorney General has extended the deadline for submitting written comments on the rule by two weeks to Thursday, February 12, 2015.

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Job Listings

Garden Intern 2015 (NOFA Vermont)

About NOFA-VT The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont is a nonprofit association of farmers, gardeners, and consumers working to promote an economically viable and ecologically sound Vermont food system for the benefit of current and future generations.      NOFA Vermont’s mission is to create a vital Vermont food system – one that…

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SUMMER VT FEED Intern (NOFA Vermont)

About NOFA-VT and VT FEED The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) is a nonprofit association of farmers, gardeners, and consumers working to promote an economically viable and ecologically sound Vermont food system for the benefit of current and future generations.      NOFA Vermont’s mission is to create a vital Vermont food…

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Farm Manager (Golden Well Farm)

Golden Well Farm & Apiaries in New Haven, Vermont is seeking a self-motivated, enthusiastic individual for seasonal work as a Farm Manager, with potential for full-year employment. The right candidate will have had at least 2 full seasons managing a vegetable CSA and have experience with Organic farming methods for veggies and berries. This family…

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