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Today, many Vermonters are working together to bring our food system back into balance. Vermont's Farm to Plate Initiative is weaving together the components of Vermont's food system to strengthen the working landscape, improve the profitability of farms and food enterprises, maintain environmental resilience, and increase local food access for all Vermonters.

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4/2/15
By Chuck Ross, Secretary Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, & Markets The clean water bill currently under consideration in the Vermont House of Representatives (House Bill 35) is a vital step forward for Vermont’s efforts to address the problem of polluted storm water runoff into our lakes, ponds, rivers and streams. This bill addresses the problem of excess nutrients and sediment that
3/26/15
Even in locally conscious Vermont, we are far too reliant on food grown and distributed outside of our region and decisions made outside of our control. This creates vulnerabilities for Vermont’s food system—how food is produced and distributed and all of the related components such as labor costs, farm viability, energy, financing, education, consumer demand, and food access. Vermont’s Farm to
2/5/15
Local food movements are trending across the country. For some, it’s the next “in” thing to do, but for many Vermonters, supporting local agriculture has been a way of life long before it was trendy. So where does the term “food system” fit in when talking about local food? Everyone from academics to government officials are referring more to food systems when discussing sustainable agriculture,
1/26/15
The temperature was 12 below when a busload of UVM students arrived at a nondescript business park off Route 100 in Waitsfield. From the outside, the green, industrial building didn’t look like a thriving food enterprise. But on the inside – with 4,000 square-feet of freezers, storage, a loading dock, and processing space – it became immediately clear to students that local food was the mission.
11/21/14
Vermonters who love local food usually think “Vermont” when they think “local.” But Vermont farmers and food businesses operate at different scales and sell products to all types of markets. With more than 33 million potential customers in New England and New York, regional markets are increasingly important for our statewide producers and processors. Increasing their access to regional grocery

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