Farm to School Grant Program
Read About the 2017 Vermont Farm to School Grant Awards Ceremony Here
The Vermont Farm to School Grant Program, now in its tenth year, works to improve nutrition among Vermont’s children by connecting food producers to their local schools, as well as providing enriched educational experiences and curricula. The grant program was established through the 2006 Rozo McLaughlin Act. Farm to School grant funding, allocated by the Vermont legislature, enables Vermont schools to engage students in their local food system by incorporating local food and farm education into their cafeterias, classrooms and communities. As of January 2017, the Vermont Farm to School Program has reached 138 schools, impacting more than 40,000 Vermont students.
This year, 4 Implementation Grants, 5 Planning Grants, and 5 Universal Meals Grants were awarded, impacting a total of 23 Vermont schools and more than 4,800 students.
The goals of the grant program are to help Vermont schools, districts, and supervisory unions develop sustainable farm to school programs that:
- Maximize equitable student access to fresh, nutritious, locally grown foods
- Educate students about food systems and healthy eating habits through hands-on experiences
- Support and grow market opportunities for local producers and processors
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets offers three Farm to School Grant opportunities. The Application period for 2017 grants has closed. Check back in September 2018 for the 2018 Request for Proposals.
The Planning & Pilot Grant provides schools with financial and technical assistance to create a farm to school action plan, develop a strong network of supporters from the school community and roll out their action plan.
- 2017 Request for Proposals: Farm to School Planning & Pilot Grant
The Implementation Grant provides schools with more susbstantial financial assistance to further develop and expand their current farm to school programs by investing in personnel, infrastructure, and supplies.
- 2017 Request for Proposals: Farm to School Implementation Grant
The Universal Meals Grant is a new pilot component of the Vermont Farm to School Grant Program that provides schools with technical and financial assistance to create more sustainable school meal programs and increase equitable access for all students to fresh, healthy school meals.
- 2017 Request for Proposals: Universal Meals Grant
NOTE: New this year, all Farm to School Grant applications MUST be submitted online through WebGrants. Paper applications will NOT be accepted. Instructions for using WebGrants can be found in an appendix in the Request for Proposals.
Grant Support & Resources
- Previously funded projects
- Milton Case Study
- Sharon Case Study
- Using Food Hubs to Create Sustainable Farm to School Programs
- Vermont School Wellness Policy Guidelines
- Vermont Wellness Policy Implementation Tool
- Frequently Asked Grant Program Questions
- Vermont FEED Farm to School Rubric
- Three Step to Starting & Strengthening Your Vermont Farm to School Program
- NEW REPORT! Milk Service in Vermont Schools: Decision Making Criteria, Best Practices and Case Studies
- NEW RESOURCE! Milk in Vermont Schools: A Decision-Makers' Guide to Milk Service
- NEW REPORT! Economic Contribution and Potential Impact of Schools Purchase of Local Foods in Vermont
- NEW REPORT! 2017 Farm to School Legislative Report
There are organizations around the state that may be valuable resources in your planning and implementation of Farm to School programing and universal meals. Below is a list of such organizations and the regions they support.
- Center for Agricultural Economy (greater Hardwick area)
- Food Connects (southern Vermont)
- Green Mountain Farm to School (Northeast Kingdom)
- Healthy Roots (Franklin and Grand Isle Counties Vermont)
- Hunger Free Vermont (Statewide) - Specific to universal meals
- Marble Valley Meals (Rutland County)
- Rutland Are Farm and Food Link (greater Rutland area)
- Upper Valley Farm to School (Upper Valley region)
- Vermont Community Garden Network (Statewide)
- Vermont FEED (Statewide)
Vermont Ageny of Agriculture, Food & Markets Farm to School Contacts:
If you have any questions about the Universal Meals Grant Program, please email Jennie Porter at email@example.com or call 802-661-8201
If you have any questions about the Planning or Implementation Grants or have general Farm to School Grant Program questions, please email Ali Zipparo at Alexandra.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-505-1822