Farm to Institution in Vermont

Organizations

Agency of Agriculture, Department of Health, Department of Education, VT FEED (Food Education Every Day), NOFA‐VT, Food Works, Shelburne Farms, Green Mountain Farm to School, Upper Valley Farm to School Network, University of VT

Funders

Agency of Agriculture, Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, Vermont Community Foundation, Blue Cross & Blue Shield Foundation, Ag Innovation Center, Centers for Disease Control, University of Vermont

Highlights

  • Farm to school efforts in Vermont started in 2000
  • Since 2006, the state has offered funding through the Vermont Farm to School Grant Program
  • The Vermont government has invested over $700,000 in farm to institution efforts to support program development, technical assistance and capital improvements
  • More than 200 Vermont schools have some level of farm to school programming
  • The Vermont Farm to School Network brings together advocates and practitioners who run programs that advance greater food system awareness in classrooms, cafeterias and communities 
  • Vermont has a higher percentage of school districts with edible gardens or orchards than the rest of New England
  • Learn more about the farm to institution movement in Vermont on our blog >

Contacts

Farm to School 

Ali Zipparo, Sr. Agriculture Development Coordinator, Vermont Agency of Agriculture  
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Farm to College 

Riley Neugebauer, Farm to College Project Manager, Farm to Institution New England  
email Riley >

Farm to Hospital

Jen Obadia, Healthy Food in Health Care Regional Director, Health Care Without Harm  
email Jen >