VT FEED is a Farm to School program run as a partnership of three Vermont non-profit organizations: Food Works at Two Rivers Center, Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT), and Shelburne Farms.
VT FEED grew out of a deep belief that the growing disconnect from our land, our food and our Vermont agricultural roots was neither healthful nor sustainable; and that an important opportunity could be found in simultaneously promoting the resurgence of local farms and increasing equitable access to fresh, healthy food for all children through education and outreach in schools.
Green Mountain Farm-to-School was founded to address a growing crisis in our community: the need for improved childhood nutrition and the decline of Vermont agriculture.
By working in school cafeterias to offer a variety of fresh local foods, Green Mountain Farm-to-School provides a unique win-win opportunity to simultaneously improve the health of our children and support our local farms. Through nutrition and agriculture education, students can acquire the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy food choices.
The Upper Valley Farm to School Network is a group of farmers, teachers, parents, students and community members working to integrate local farms and food into school cafeterias, classrooms and communities in Vermont and New Hampshire’s Connecticut River Upper Valley.
The UVFTS supports farm to school programs in a variety of ways:
- Helping schools to initiate new FTS programs by conducting FTS Assessments
- Working with schools on particular objectives, including: using local food in the cafeteria, growing school gardens, integrating food and farm themes into the curriculum, organizing and fundraising
- Hosting forums for FTS leaders on specific topics
- Gathering and disseminating successful tactics and stories from and for FTS coordinators in the region
The Burlington School Food Project is Vermont's largest farm to school program, encompassing the entire Burlington School District. It is widely recognized as a model program for the rest of the state and country. Its mission is to connect students and their families with whole, fresh, and local foods to improve the health of the community. The district-wide effort employs a farm to school coordinator for its food service program and benefits from the varied input of multiple community partners: Burlington School District, Shelburne Farms/Sustainable Schools Project, Friends of Burlington Gardens and the Healthy City Youth Initiative, City Market/Onion River Co-op, Vermont Food Education Every Day (VT FEED), and many dedicated community volunteers.