The Vermont Agency of Agriculture has announced $75,000 of
available funding for Vermont schools interested in farm-to-school
programing. Any school, consortium of schools, or school district
interested is encouraged to apply for this for this funding.
The state of Vermont has appropriated nearly $700,000 over the
past six years to support farm-to-school programming in Vermont
schools. Since its creation, the Vermont farm-to-school grant
program has awarded 62 schools throughout the state with funds to
support the integration local foods in school cafeterias,
classrooms and communities.
Vermont is a nationally recognized leader in farm-to-school
curriculum, connecting students to agriculture via the "3 C's" -
classroom, cafeteria and community. Vermont's model has been
replicated in other states, and has been referenced by the USDA for
best practices in farm-to-school programming.
"Farm-to-school programs throughout our state are teaching our
students to eat healthy and make connections with their local
farmers, while also opening new markets for Vermont farmers," said
Vermont Secretary of Agriculture, Chuck Ross. "This is a great
opportunity to try out a new marketing effort, build or pilot new
relationships, and teach kids about Vermont agriculture."
The program encourages schools and school districts to serve
food to Vermont students that are as fresh and nutritious as
"These farm-to-school grants give schools what they need to
focus on developing sound and sustainable farm-to-school programs.
By connecting the classrooms, the cafeteria, and the community it
is possible to change school food culture," said Abbie Nelson,
Director of Vermont FEED (Food Education Every Day).
This grant program is made possible by collaboration between the
Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Agency of Education, Department of
Health, VT FEED (Food Education Every Day) and the Vermont Farm to
For more info visit the Agency of Agriculture's website
All VT farm-to-school program applications must be received by the
Vermont Agency of Agriculture no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday,