In 2007, the Vermont State Legislature passed bill H. 522 The Viability of Vermont Agriculture. This legislation included a request that the Vermont Agency of Agriculture and Department of Buildings and General Services review state food purchasing practices to determine where Vermont could do more to support local agriculture.
The bill which developed into Act 38 contains the following recommendations:
- Facilitate connections between local farmers and state purchasers;
- Develop infrastructure for light processing;
- Incorporate local foods into state visitor gateways and attractions; and
- Promote health & wellness for Vermonters through local foods.
The resources below outline current activities related to local foods purchasing by state agencies and state-funded entities, such as the state colleges and university. The legislation did not include primary and secondary schools. More information on programs for schools is available from the Farm-to-School grants programs.
Overview of State Purchasing:
Contracts have been established for the purchase of food in the following areas
- Correctional Facilities
- State Hospital
- Vermont Veterans’ Home
- Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center
Additional contracts are in place as follows:
Statehouse, 133 State Street, Waterbury Office Complex: The Office of Purchasing & Contracting issued competitive bids for employee food service programs at cafeterias located in Montpelier at 133 State Street and the Statehouse, as well as the state office complex in Waterbury. Vendors awarded contracts as a result of the competitive bid