April 2015 School Garden Forum “Spring into your garden curriculum” – Northfield High School
On Wednesday April 15th, the CVFSC partnered with the Vermont Community Garden Network to bring a workshop on garden-based curriculum to teachers and garden coordinators. Attendees toured the Northfield gardens, including a greenhouse, bread oven, and future plans for the STAR program’s gardens, and tasted pizza cooked in the break oven. Three hand-on curriculum ideas were shared, as well as plenty of text resources.
April 2015 Have a Taste of Buying Local – Aldrich Public Library
On Saturday April 11, 2015, the CVFSC partnered with NOFA-VT for an informational event about ways Central Vermonters can buy more local food. Representatives of local farmers markets, food stands, and farmers sat down for a panel discussion and Q & A session to answer the community’s questions about how to access locally grown and produced food. About 25 people showed up to peruse informational tables, try local food, and talk with the panelists.
February 2015 Sustaining Food and Farms in Your Community – Montpelier High School
On Thursday February 12, 2015, more than 30 farmers, food producers, educators, planners, nutritionists, and consumers joined the CVFSC for a panel discussion on how planning and community action can help build a strong food system. Peg Elmer spoke about Farm to Plate’s work, including the new Agricultural Land Use Planning Guide. Sjon Welters spoke about the Cabot Agricultural Network’s community awareness efforts. Joseph Kiefer shared the benefits of Town Food Plans with the group, and Rick Scharf shared lessons learned from his work with the Waterbury Duxbury Food Council. The panel was followed by excellent conversation among attendees. New England Culinary Institute and Hunger Mountain Coop provided a meal.
January 2014 Winter Forum – Lost Nation Theater
The CVFSC hosted a forum on January 18, 2014, which included a meal provided by the New England Culinary Institute and a presentation by Guido Mase author of The Wild Medicine Solution. Participants broke out into working groups to brainstorm next steps.
October 2013 Harvest Festival – Montpelier High School
On Tuesday, October 15, 2013 the Central Vermont Food Systems Council and Transition Town Montpelier hosted the 2nd Annual Harvest Festival. The event featured workshops on food preservation, including demonstrations on sauerkraut, kimchi, sourdough breads, and infused vinegar. Students from the New England Culinary Institute helped with demonstrations and provided a light meal!
April 2013 Central Vermont Food Systems Forum – Goddard College
The CVFSC held a forum on April 16th, 2013 at Goddard College. Over 80 attendees shared a locavore meal prepared by Goddard’s chef, and discussed ways to strengthen Central Vermont’s food system. Joseph Kiefer, co-founder and acting chair of the Council gave an overview of the CVFSC’s work, followed by brief presentations from Abbey Willard with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, Erica Campbell with Farm to Plate and the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, and Jackie Cassino with the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission. Afterwards, guest speakers Tom Sabo, Sandra Lory, Gail England, Jackie Cassino, Joe Bossen, and Robin Morris gave Pech Kucha-style presentations on food education, food access, home food systems, land use planning, economic development and food hubs, respectively, and then the assembly broke into small group discussions focused around these topics.
December 2012 Winter Squash Celebration & Reflection “A Garden in Every Washington County School
On December 7, 2012, the CVFSC held a Harvest Festival at the Vermont College of Fine Arts that included a potluck dinner and reflection on the progress of the “A Garden in Every Washington County School’ project.
2012 Grow Local Fest at Two Rivers Center
Community members gathered for the fourth annual Grow Local Fest.
2011 Growing Local Fest
Community members gathered for the third annual Growing Local Fest, which raised $4750 in grants for area schools to develop food education gardens and curriculum.
February 2011 – The Farm to Plate Report Release and What it Means for Vermont’s Food System
Ellen Kahler, Executive Director of Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, gave a presentation on the Farm to Plate Report and the data’s implications for Vermont’s food system.
October 2010 “Silenced Voice: Undocumented Farm Workers in Vermont” by Gustavo Teran
The CVFSC hosted a viewing of Gustabo Teran’s film on undocumented farm workers in Vermont followed by a discussion.
2010 Growing Local Fest
The CVFSC hosted the second annual Growing Local Fest. The event raised $2500 in grants for school gardens, which eight schools received.
June 2010 Rescuing Residuals: The Real Dirt on Compost
Attendants toured Vermont Compost Co facilities and held a group discussion over a potluck dinner.
March 2010 Designing a Community Food Security Plan
Alex Hoffmeier, co-author of the Shelburne Falls, MA Food Security Plan, led a presentation and discussion about elements of a food security plan over a potluck dinner.
2009 Growing Local Fest
The CVFSC hosted their first Growing Local Fest with support form Hunger Mountain Coop, Three Penny Taproom, Berlin Optical, Vermont Compost Co., Two Rivers Center, Guy’s Farm and Yard, and Washington Electric Co-op.
October 2009 Preserving the Harvest
Peggy Thomson led a free workshop on canning. Participants then discussed food justice and what that looks like in Central Vermont
June 2009 Growing Your Regional Food System
The keynote address was given by Andrew Meyer, founder of the Center for Agricultural Economy in Hardwick, VT.
March 2009 Inaugural Meeting!