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Vermont FEED's vision is to engage every student and community in a local food and farm culture that nurtures child health, cultivates viable farms, and builds vibrant communities. We do this by helping to grow robust farm to school programs, acting as a catalyst for rebuilding healthy food systems, and cultivating links between classrooms, cafeterias, communities, and local farms. Vermont FEED is a farm to school partnership project of Shelburne Farms and the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT). These two nonprofit organizations have more than 40 years of experience in farm to school. READ MORE
Shelburne Farms’ mission is to inspire and cultivate learning for a sustainable future. Based on Abenaki land along the shores of Lake Champlain, the home campus is a 1,400-acres working farm, forest, and National Historic Landmark.
NOFA-VT is an association of farmers, gardeners, and consumers, promoting an economically viable and ecologically sound Vermont food system for the benefit of current and future generations.
Farm to school is a comprehensive strategy that connects student learning and experiences in the Classroom, Cafeteria, and the Community. The goal is to help students establish a lifelong positive relationship with food while supporting a more just food system. The strategies used to achieve this shift are: serving healthy local food in schools, improving student nutrition, providing hands-on food systems based learning opportunities, and developing meaningful relationships between community partners, schools and students. Farm to school supports youth in connecting the dots of where their food comes from and how their food choices impact their bodies, the environment, and their communities at large. Vermont FEED provides training, coaching, professional learning and technical assistance to schools, food service staff, and farmers working to build strong farm to school programs. We also support a statewide network of champions working to bring farm to school to every community.
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