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Food+Co-ops: Connecting the Dots Between Farms & Institutions

There is demand across many institutions in Vermont for local eggs.

This month in Food+Co-ops, let’s look at recent developments in the Farm to Institution market channel. NOFA-VT is a leader in making sense of this market. In 2012, NOFA-VT and VT FEED released Scaling Up Vermont’s Local Food Production, Distribution, and Marketing, a report quantifying demand by VT institutions for certain products, and inventorying statewide infrastructure. Erica Campbell, Farm to Plate Program Director at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, noted that this report provides the most accurate data available on such demand. See below for how NOFA-VT’s leadership continues on the ground.

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Food+Co-ops: Next Generation Leadership

Sarah at Middlebury College Organic Farm  (c) Middlebury College (2013)
Sarah at Middlebury College Organic Farm (c) Middlebury College (2013)

NOFA VT’s Winter Conference is the best-attended gathering of farmers and their allies in Vermont each year. The theme of the 2013 conference was Generations of Innovation. Implied in that theme is the value of next-generation leadership. In this first of a monthly series of posts on the connections between food, co-ops, and community, NOFA-VT member Eric Deluca will focus on youth leadership development. Here are two inspiring stories: one on food and the other about co-ops. They showcase what’s possible in the world of youth leadership development. You’ll see themes like peer-to-peer learning; that’s no accident. You can do this too! Continue reading Food+Co-ops: Next Generation Leadership