Farm to Plate Strategic Plan
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The Farm to Plate (F2P) Initiative, approved at the end of the 2009 Vermont legislative session, directed the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, in consultation with the Sustainable Agriculture Council and other stakeholders, to develop a 10-year strategic plan to strengthen Vermont’s food system
Chapter 1 provides an overview of the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan development process. Starting in the Fall 2009, VSJF staff, as well as several researchers, interns, and volunteers, began assembling and analyzing data on Vermont's food system, conducting in-depth stakeholder interviews, and convening regional public input events.
Throughout Chapter 2 we use quantitative and qualitative data to illustrate trends and track progress toward accomplishing the 25 goals of the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan. For each goal we provide a brief synopsis—based on analyses provided in Chapters 3 and 4—that describes why the goal and associated strategies/actions are important. Each goal depicts one key indicator that shows the major trends that we will measure in order to demonstrate progress (e.g., the trend lines should accelerate up or bend down over time if our collective activities are impactful).
The components of Vermont’s food system are explored in depth over the course of seven sections in Chapter 3. Each section focuses on current conditions, analyzes gaps and barriers to strengthening Vermont’s food system, identifies emerging opportunities, and provides a series of objectives and strategies aimed at reaching the 25 goals presented in Chapter 2.
Chapter 4 examines crosscutting issues that impact the whole food system, including food insecurity; education; workforce development; technical assistance and business planning; financing; energy; regulation; and leadership, communication, and coordination across the food system.