Vermont Farm To School Celebration Wednesday March 14th **CANCELED**

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture has decided to cancel the 2018 Vermont Farm to School and Childcare Grant Award Ceremony due to weather, which was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon (March 14, 2018), in the Statehouse Cafeteria. Our concern for the safety and wellbeing of all our grantees and partners is why we have made this decision, but hope legislators and others will enjoy the school lunch planned by Vermont FEED and our agency, served by the staff at the Statehouse Café

 

Unfortunately, we will not re-schedule this ceremony, and will send official award certificates in the mail. The list of grantees for 2018 can be found, below. We have attached the 2018 Farm to School and Childcare Program Report, which was just published this week. 

 

Farm to School & Child Nutrition Grants

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Addison Early Childhood Consortium Cohort

$15,000

Rutland City Public Schools 

$15,000

Concord School

$15,000

NewBrook Elementary School

$15,000

Riverside Middle School

$15,000

Harwood Union Middle and High School

$15,000

Childcare Equipment Grants

 

Springfield Area Parent Child Center

$1,000

Sunny Lane Daycare

$1,000

Lund's Early Childhood Education Program

$1,000

Four Seasons of Early Learning 

$1,000

Family Center of Washington County

$1,000

Little Mountaineers Home Child Care

$1,000

Hey Diddle Diddle Daycare 

$1,000

Happy Days Playschool

$1,000

Just Like Home Daycare

$1,000

Notch Day Camp

$1,000

Sunrise Family Resource Center 

$1,000

Brattleboro Centre for Children 

$1,000

Suzy's Little Peanuts 

$1,000

Gadapee Family Daycare 

$1,000

Milk Cooler Grants

 

Albany Community School 

$1,000

Bishop John A. Marshall School

$1,000

Camels Hump Middle School 

$1,000

Eden Central Elementary School 

$1,000

Fairfield Center School 

$1,000

Fayston Elementary School 

$1,000

Hyde Park Elementary School 

$1,000

Lakeview Union School 

$1,000

Walden School 

$1,000

 

March 13, 2017 / Montpelier VT – A celebration of the Vermont Farm to School and Childcare Grant Program will occur at the Vermont Statehouse tomorrow, March 14th.  Beginning at 4pm in the Statehouse cafeteria with Agency of Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts, Agency of Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe, various other state officials and program partners will visit with students highlighting their local Farm to School Program, explain its importance and impact, and announce new grant recipients. 

 

The Vermont Farm to School and Childcare Grant Program strives to improve the education and health of Vermont’s students, and positively impact the local economy, by providing Vermont schools and childcare programs with technical and financial assistance to develop and execute farm to school and farm to childcare programs. These programs integrate fresh, healthy, locally grown foods and nutrition education into Vermont’s cafeterias, classrooms and communities.

 

Important information about Vermont Farm to School:

  • Nearly 66 thousand students and children have been served by the Vermont Farm to School Program, through 174  separate grants to Vermont schools.
  • For every dollar spent on local food in Vermont schools through the Vermont Farm to School Program, an additional 60 cents goes back into our state economy by supporting local agriculture.
  • New in 2018, the Vermont Farm to School and Childcare Grant funded 22 licensed childcare programs. 
  • $1.81 million state dollars invested in the program has leveraged more than $500,000 in federal, private and foundation funds

29 Vermont Farm to School Grantees from 12 counties, are being awarded Farm to School and Childcare grants at this event.  Please join us in this celebration and recognition of our school communities efforts to provide quality local food to their students and children, and our agricultural community.

Please view the 2018 Farm To School Annual Report.

For questions please contact:

Ali Zipparo, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

(802) 505-1822