2019 Farm to School Awareness Day - Grantee Awards Ceremony

05 February 2019
Governor Scott visits classroom

February 5, 2019 / Montpelier, VT –  A celebration of the Vermont Farm to School and Childcare Grant Program will occur at the Vermont State House tomorrow, February 6, 2019.  Beginning at 4pm in the State House cafeteria with Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) Secretary Anson Tebbetts, Secretary of Human Services Al Gobeille and various other 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.

Date:

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Time:

4pm – 6pm

  • Table session: 4-4:40 pm;
  • Speakers: 4:40-5:35
  • Certificate ceremony: 5:35-5:55

Location:

Vermont State House cafeteria

Speakers:

  • VAAFM Secretary Anson Tebbetts
  • Vermont Agency of Human Services Secretary Al Gobeille
  • Vermont Department of Health Commissioner Mark Levine
  • Vermont Agency of Education Deputy Secretary Heather Bouchey
  • Senator Jane Kitchel
  • Betsy Rosenbluth of Vermont FEED

 

2019 Grant Ceremony Recipients

 

Child Nutrition

Type

County

Amount 

Cabot School

K12

Washington

$15,000

Berkshire Elementary School

Elementary

Franklin

$15,000

Albany Community School

K5

Orleans

$15,000

St. Albans Educaiton Center

K12

Franklin

$15,000

Bellows Falls Middle School

Middle

Windham

$15,000

Rutland Parent/Child Center

ECE

Rutland

$15,000

United Children's Services of Bennington

ECE

Bennington

$15,000

 

 

Infrastructure

Type

   

ABC & LOL

ECE

Caledonia

$1,000

Almond Blossoms

ECE

Franklin

$1,000

Craftsbury Saplings

ECE

Orleans

$1,000

Puddle Jumpers

ECE

Chittenden

$1,000

Little Angel's Childcare

ECE

Windsor

$1,000

Little Mountaineers

ECE

Windsor

$1,000

Lund

ECE

Chittenden

$1,000

NEK CAP

ECE

Orleans

$1,000

Readsboro Preschool

ECE

Bennington

$1,000

Sunshine Daydream

ECE

Windsor

$1,000

Family Place

ECE

Windsor

$1,000

Prouty Center

ECE

Windham

$1,000

ARK Child Care

ECE

Addison

$1,000

Family Center Washington County

ECE

Washington

$1,000

Green Mountain Children's Center

ECE

Windsor

$1,000

Barre City Kids

ECE

Washington

$1,000

Yvonne Trepanier

ECE

Washington

$1,000

Posies Rock Around Daycare

ECE

Orleans

$1,000

 

 

Milk Coolers

     

Washington Village

Elementary

Orange

$1,000

Williamstown Elementary

Elementary

Orange

$1,000

Miller's Run

Elementary

Caledonia

$1,000

Marion Cross

Elementary

Windsor

$1,000

Swanton Schools

Elementary

Franklin

$1,000

 

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

 

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) has administered the Vermont Farm to School and Early Childcare Grant Program since 2006. Enabled by the Rozo McLaughlin Farm to School Act of 2006, the grant program helps schools develop and sustain relationships with local producers, enrich the educational experience of children, improve the health of Vermont children, and enhance Vermont’s agricultural economy.  Since the program began, VAAFM has awarded 159 grants, investing nearly $1.4 million in state funds and an additional $569,410 in federal and foundation funds in more than 100 schools and almost 50 early childhood education programs.

For more information about the Farm to School program, please contact:

Laura Ginsburg

Agricultural Development Section Chief | Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

802-522-2252 | Laura.Ginsburg@vermont.gov

Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901
802.828.2430

Program Contacts

  • Media Inquiries                      802.622.4662
  • Licensing & Registration        802.828.2436
  • Business Development          802.828.1619
  • Feed, Seed, Fertilizer & Lime  802.828.2431
  • Working Lands                    802.622.4477
  • Public Health & Resource Management                802.828.2431
  • Laboratory               802.522.3502
  • Animal Health                        802.828.2421
  • Dairy                              802.828.2433
  • Consumer Protection / Weights & Measures                            802.828.2433
  • Meat Inspection                    802.828.2426
  • Water Quality                               802.828.2431
    • Farmer Assistance                    802.622.4098
    • Enforcement                                802.828.2431
    • Reports                                      802.272.0323
    • BMP's                                      802.828.3474
  • Act 250                          802.828.2431 
  • Pesticide                        802.828.2431