Farm to School

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

 

Grant Opportunities  

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

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.

 

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 jennifer.porter@vermont.gov 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.zipparo@vermont.gov or call 802-505-1822