Vermont Farm to School Program

SAVE THE DATE! 

October 2, 2018: Release of the 2019 Farm to School Grant Request for Applications
See, below, for last year's RFA and other helpful materials. 

 

2018 Vermont Farm to School and Childcare Program Report 

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets is proud to present the annual program report for the Vermont Farm to School & Childcare Grant Program, established with the passage of the 2006 Rozo McLaughlin Farm to School Act. Our program supports vibrant and resilient communities and contributes to multiple goals of the Vermont Farm to Plate Strategic Plan. Since its inception, with the support of many partners in the Vermont Farm to School Network, the program has invested more than $1 million in nearly 200 schools and childcare providers.

 
Each year, the Vermont Farm to School & Childcare Program continues to grow and innovate, serving our most vulnerable and enabling equitable access to healthy food, achieved through a focus on viable school meal programs and early exposure to farm to school principles. Farm to school programs not only promote healthy lifestyles in children but have also been shown to improve children’s behavior and academic performance at school.
 
The 2018 grant round included childcare providers as eligible applicants for the first time, enabled by an update to the Rozo McLaughlin Farm to School Act in 2017. Including the early care community in our program deepens the impact of this effective strategy to improve equity among Vermont’s children and families. In addition to the cumulative impacts of the Vermont Farm to School & Childcare Program, this report will highlight:
 
• Universal Meals pilot and Farm to Early Childcare Education
 
• A snapshot of the 2016 Farm To School Grant Program; and
 
• Exemplary grantees in Cornwall and Fairfax
 
We are grateful for the opportunity to share our program’s successes in the following pages. We look forward to continue serving Vermont students, schools, childcare programs, farmers, and the economy with this comprehensive program.

 

Vermont Farm to School Program Grant Opportunities  

The 2018 Vermont Farm to School Grant Application Deadline was November 14, 2017. 

1. Vermont Farm to School & Child Nutrition Grant The VAAFM Farm to School Team is seeking applications from eligible Vermont-based childcare providers and schools to expand and improve food programs and/or to create or expand farm to school programs by integrating the classroom, cafeteria, and community (the 3 C’s of farm to school). Up to six applications will be awarded at $15,000 each, made possible by legislative appropriation and a financial investment of a dedicated partner. The anticipated grant period will be January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019.  

2. Vermont Farm to School Milk Cooler & Farm to Childcare Kitchen Equipment Grant: The VAAFM Farm to School Team is seeking applications from eligible Vermont-based childcare providers and schools (for k-12 schools, this is formerly known as the Vermont Milk Cooler Sponsorship program) to purchase equipment that will improve their food programs and/or farm to school/farm to childcare programs. Up to 23 grants will be awarded at $1,000 each to reimburse schools and childcare providers for these purchases. Equipment purchases must be made by February 28, 2018.

 
Want to learn more about how our grant program impacts Vermont Schools? 
Additional Information

Vermont Farm to School Program Resources: 

Partner Resources: 

NEW REPORTS: 

 

Farm to School Support

There are resources and organizations around the state that may be valuable resources For your farm to school program. 

Questions? Contact Us! 

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets Farm to School Contacts:

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

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