Grant Supports Anti-Racism Education In Farm to School 

When the Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets announced the new farm to school Vision Grant opportunity this past winter, we were looking to support innovative, community-led initiatives that would expand on the many traditional benefits of farm to school. The proposals we received far exceeded our expectations and confirmed what so many already know - that farm to school is a powerful lever for creating positive change across many different and intersecting types of social, cultural and economic issues. 

After completing the difficult task of reviewing all of the incredible proposals, we are excited to announce that South Hero Land Trust (SHLT) is the first recipient of the farm to school Vision Grant. Over the next two years, SHLT, in collaboration with the Folsom Education and Community Center, will use the grant to explore the integration of anti-racist education with their Farm to School program. Using the lenses of storytelling, art, music, agriculture, food, and land stewardship, students and teachers will learn from and engage with the stories and experiences of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in Vermont, connecting anti-racist learning to the students’ farm, food, and nature based studies.

Photo Courtesy of South Hero Land Trust

Learn More About VAAFM's Farm to School Efforts
Local Food Grants Deadline Soon

There's one week left to apply for two grants from the USDA designed to support and promote local food. The Farmers Market Promotion Program funds projects that develop, coordinate and expand direct producer to consumer markets, while the Local Food Promotion Program funds projects that support indirect producer to consumer markets. Click the link in the header for resources and technical assistance information from Farm to Institution New England.

Deadline to Apply: June 21

Participate In Open Farm Week

Open Farm Week is an annual opportunity for farmers, customers, and visitors to connect through a variety of events hosted at farms throughout the state. Farms can host one or more events anytime during the week. Open Farm Week attendees look for activities, farmer interactions, and unique events, as well as any regular programs or just being open to the public. Assistance is available to interested farms for help with planning and promoting events.

Deadline to Register: July 1 

Community Development Event.

Join the Vermont Community Development Association for their June 17th virtual conference: “Reimagining our Public Spaces.” Hear from a lineup of community and economic development experts and leaders as they share their experiences with community redevelopment projects and discuss resources and support available to communities.

Event Date: June 17, 9 am - 12 pm

Vend at Boston Local Food Fest

The 11th annual Boston Local Food Festival will take place September 19th, 2021. The festival is one of the biggest food events in Boston and is a great chance for food and agriculture businesses to get their products in front of thousands of local food fans. Farmers, food businesses, restaurants, food trucks and non-profits are all eligible to vend at the festival. 

Deadline to Apply: August 23

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