The Sustainable Agriculture Council and the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund are coordinating with local groups on a series of regional meetings to gather input for the Farm to Plate Initiative’s 10-year strategic plan to strengthen Vermont’s food system. The Local Food Summits will provide an opportunity for participants to learn more about efforts in their region related to farms, food production, and food security. Additionally, in-depth discussions will influence the contents of the strategic plan for Vermont’s farm and food system. Participants will reflect upon their region’s strengths and weaknesses and have focused small-group conversations about how to build a more robust local food system by 2020.
Be sure to attend your region’s food summit!
UPPER VALLEY AREA: TUESDAY, NOV. 10
6:00-8:30 PM at the American Legion Hall, 129 S Main St., White River Junction. Refreshments served. Local organizing partner: Valley Food & Farm/Vital Communities.
RUTLAND COUNTY AREA: THURSDAY, NOV. 12
6:00-8:30 PM at Green Mountain College, Withey Student Center, Poultney. Community meal served at the 5th Annual Farmers’ Gathering. Local organizing partner: RAFFL (Rutland Area Farm and Food Link), Poultney Mettowee Natural Resource Conservation District. For more info: Tara Kelly, email@example.com
BENNINGTON COUNTY AREA: SATURDAY, NOV. 14
5:30-8:30 PM at St. Peters Episcopal Church, 200 Pleasant St., Bennington. Local organizing partners: Manchester/Dorset Transition Town and Walloomsac Transition Forum. For more info: Susan Beal, firstname.lastname@example.org or Bill Laberge, email@example.com
CHITTENDEN / FRANKLIN / GRAND ISLE AREA: WEDNESDAY, NOV. 18
11:30-4:00 PM (location to be determined). Potluck lunch served, meeting starts at 12PM. Local organizing partners: Shelburne Farms, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, UVM Extension. For more info: Rachel Schattman, firstname.lastname@example.org
NORTHEAST KINGDOM AREA: THURSDAY, DEC. 3
3:00-7:00 PM, Lake Union High School, 317 Lake Region Rd., Orleans. Refreshments served. Local organizing partners: Northeastern Vermont Development Association and Center for an Agricultural Economy. For more info: Elena Gustavson, email@example.com
WINDHAM COUNTY AREA: DEC. 1, 2 or 4
Exact date, location and time TBD. Local organizing partner: NOFA Farm to Community. For more info: Lisa Holderness, firstname.lastname@example.org
ADDISON COUNTY AREA: TUESDAY, DEC. 8
Location and time TBD, Middlebury. Local organizing partner: ACoRN, Addison County Economic Development Corp., Middlebury Coop. For more info: Bay Hammond, email@example.com
CENTRAL VERMONT AREA: THURSDAY, DEC. 10
5:30-8:30 PM at Montpelier High School Cafeteria, 5 High School Dr., Montpelier. Potluck dinner served, meeting starts at 6PM. Local organizing partner: Central Vermont Food Systems Council. For more info: Kristin Feierabend, firstname.lastname@example.org