Now that it is finally feeling like Spring, it is time to get involved with the Central Vermont Food Systems Council! The Steering Committee has met and sifted through the notes from April’s Food System Forum at Goddard College. Many of you participated in one of the six focus groups (home food systems, land use & conservation, food hubs & distribution, economic development, education, and food access) and identified priority working strategies for the region. We’ve considered those notes, the potential overlap of priorities, your indentified interests, and our current resources in order to develop a new CVFSC structure. Moving forward we will continue to have a Steering Committee charged with overall administrative tasks (staffing the working group meetings, planning the quarterly events, etc.), long-term visioning and goal-setting. In addition, we will have three working groups:
· Home Food Systems;
· Food Access, Education, and Public Health; and
· Economic Development, Food Hubs, and Land Use Planning & Conservation
Here you will find a draft set of priority goals and action steps broken down by working group. These goals and strategies are not set in stone—we expect the working groups to change them as the groups evolve.
At April’s Forum, many of you expressed interest in working on a particular working group. We will be following up with you to determine your availability, with the goal to begin working group meetings in June. If you did not attend the Forum, and are interested in joining one of the working groups or the steering committee—please let either Jackie Cassino (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Drew DeVitis (email@example.com) know.